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Grant Stewart’s last-ball six wins it for Kent

Kent 297 for 7 (Compton 81, Denly 61, Robinson 59, Waite 3-53, Revis 3-59) beat Yorkshire 282 for six (Duke 85, Bean 61, Denly 3-37) by three wickets (DLS technique)

Grant Stewart hit a last-ball six to offer the Kent Spitfires a surprising three-wicket win over the Yorkshire Vikings, in a Royal London Cup thriller at Canterbury.

Kent went into the ultimate over needing 11 to maintain their hopes of qualifying alive and Stewart declined a single off Matthew Revis’s penultimate ball to depart the whole lot driving on the ultimate supply. The all-rounder then pulled Revis by way of backward sq. leg to an enormous cheer from the Canterbury crowd, leaving Kent on 297 for seven.

Yorkshire had posted 282 for six from 45 overs, Harry Duke top-scoring with 85, Will Fraine hitting 68 and debutant Finlay Bean 64. After century stands for the primary two wickets, Joe Denly took three for 37 to rein Yorkshire in and a Duckworth-Lewis adjustment for a rain delay meant Kent have been set a goal of 297.

Ben Compton hit 81 and Denly 61 however after reaching 189 for 2, miserly Yorkshire bowling noticed the run charge spiral above 12 an over till Stewart’s drastic late intervention.

Denly mentioned: “They’re moments you dream of as a cricketer, hitting a six off the final ball to win a recreation on your staff. Credit score to Grant, he works very laborious at his batting and particularly his energy recreation and moments like that make all of it worthwhile. If there was one participant I needed to decide to hit a six off the final ball, I would have Grant Stewart day-after-day. He is constructed for it, he is pure muscle, I do not suppose there’s an oz. of fats on him.”

A crowd of over 2,000 on the Spitfire Floor, St Lawrence was boosted by round 80 Afghan refugees and Kent even organized for an interpreter to broadcast bulletins in Pashto.

The hosts wanted to win to face any probability of reaching the knock-out levels and with clouds hovering over Canterbury for the primary time in what appeared like weeks, they selected to subject, however struggled to make any affect early on.

A sublime look for 2 from Gilchrist took Fraine to 50, however the breakthrough lastly got here within the twenty second over when he was lbw to Hamid Qadri.
It was an remoted success for Kent. Duke was on 64 when he was put down by Nathan Gilchrist off his personal bowling and he placed on 109 for the second wicket with Bean.

Nonetheless, simply because it started to rain, Denly tilted the equation with two wickets in three deliveries. Bean drove him to Qadri and was caught. Then, with 100 there for the taking, Duke skied Denly to Alex Blake. When the umpires introduced the gamers off it was the primary time there’d been a rain delay at Canterbury this yr, however play resumed after an hour with the sport lowered to 45 overs per facet.

Hill made solely 5 earlier than he was lbw to Denly and Jonathan Tattershall holed out to Stewart within the subsequent over and was caught on the boundary by Nathan Gilchrist.

The rain then returned, the umpires conferred and one in every of them signalled for the gamers to return off, but after a cry of “get on with it!” from the gang and with the rain easing to a drizzle they modified their minds and stayed on. Matthew Revis duly drove Navdeep Saini to Denly and was caught for 3, earlier than Matthew Waite and Dom Bess restored some momentum with 31 and 13 not out respectively.

Kent’s chase received off to the worst doable begin when Joey Evison was out to the primary ball of the innings, caught behind off Waite, however Robinson responded by racing previous 50 with a six off Tom Loten that cleared the flats on the Outdated Dover Street facet of the bottom. Though he fell for 59 to the identical bowler in his subsequent over, caught by Revis at sq. leg, Compton and Denly placed on 98 for the following wicket, their stand solely ending when Denly miscued making an attempt to tug Revis and was caught by Waite.

Revis then had Alex Blake caught by Bess for 3 and Kent went 29 balls with out a boundary because the stress mounted. Compton was lastly bowled by Waite trying to reverse sweep and with Waite’s thirty seventh over going for simply 4, the hosts wanted 36 from 18 after which 23 from 12. Harry Finch was out for 42, pulling Bess to Waite however Stewart smashed Waite again over his head for six, leaving Kent needing 11 from the ultimate over.

Harry Podmore sliced Revis’ first ball for 4 however hit the following down George Hill’s throat. Qadri took a single from the third, the fourth was a dot and Stewart declined a single off the fifth earlier than creaming Revis for six to an eruption of pleasure from the house followers.

Yorkshire’s assistant coach Ali Maiden, who’s main Yorkshire on this match, mentioned: “I simply hope Rev does not take that too personally and he can come again from the expertise positively. The plan the lads had set was what he really executed. The man connects and it goes for six. It is simply a type of issues.”

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