Steyn stars to gun down Spit­fires

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Kent en­dured a mis­er­able night in Cardiff with a thump­ing de­feat to Glam­or­gan to lose fur­ther ground in NatWest T20 Blast on Fri­day.

Dale Steyn was the star for the hosts with a su­perb 4-18 in a rain­short­ened game as the Spit­fires were bowled out for just 121 chas­ing 175-4 – a 55-run de­feat un­der Duck­worth/Lewis.

For a change, Kent won the toss in the South Group clash at Sophia Gar­dens but de­spite good work from Mitch Clay­don, the hosts piled on the runs in their 16 overs.

David Lloyd smashed 97 not out from just 49 balls and South African Colin In­gram picked up where he left off last Sun­day, with 60 from just 29 balls.

Their 9.3 overs to­gether brought 132 runs for the sec­ond wicket – a record for the club against Kent.

James Tred­well (1-21 off two) had In­gram caught by Alex Blake, be­fore catch­ing Chris Cooke (2) him­self 11 balls later off David Grif­fiths (1-44 off four).

How­ever, Lloyd’s on­slaught con­tin­ued and de­spite a fine last over from Clay­don, which saw him bowl Aneurin Don­ald for one and re­strict the hosts to just five runs, they posted a to­tal of 175-4.

Clay­don was the pick of the Spit­fires at­tack hav­ing ear­lier ac­counted for Jac­ques Ru­dolph (8) be­fore the fire­works to fin­ish with a re­spectable 2-27 off three overs.

With a tar­get of 177, the re­ply be­gan slowly, in con­trast to blis­ter­ing open­ing bowler Steyn who had Daniel Bell-Drum­mond caught by Lloyd for a four-ball duck.

In his sec­ond over, South African Steyn ac­counted for skip­per Sam North­east, bowled for 11.

It was 27-3 mid­way through the fifth over when Steyn again struck, hav­ing Sam Billings caught by Michael Ho­gan for one.

Joe Denly hit a four and a six but he holed out to In­gram off Ho­gan af­ter hit­ting 23 from 17 balls to leave Kent 44-4 from 6.2 overs.

With Dar­ren Stevens and Alex Blake in the mid­dle, the Spit­fires still had hope but at 61-4 at the mid­way point chas­ing a Duck­worth/Lewis re­vised tar­get of 177, they had it all to do.

When Stevens was bowled by Timm van der Gugten for 13, the writ­ing was on the wall.

Fabian Cow­drey fol­lowed him back next ball to leave Kent 83-6 and Blake (30 from 25 balls) was caught by Wagg off In­gram in the next over to make it 87-7.

Coles and Tred­well rekin­dled their chem­istry from Wed­nes­day’s de­feat to Es­sex by adding 32 from just 16 balls but Tred­well (5) be­came Steyn’s fourth scalp as he fin­ished with 4-18 off four.

Coles hit 31 from 17 balls to give Kent some re­spectabil­ity but they fell well short.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drum­mond, pic­tured aged just 17 play­ing for Eng­land un­der-19s against South Africa at Can­ter­bury in 2011, has more than 1,200 runs this sum­mer

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Mitch Clay­don was the pick of the Kent bowlers

Kent all-rounder Matt Coles hit 91

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