Ollie Robinson hammers 206* to lead to Kent’s successful chase of 352

Kent 353 for 3 (Robinson 206*, Compton 75) beat Worcestershire 351 for 8 (Kashif 114, Barnard 79, Henry 3-56) by seven wickets

Double century-maker Ollie Robinson hit Kent’s highest particular person rating in Listing A cricket as they chased down a 352 goal with 5.1 overs to spare of their opening Royal London Cup encounter with Worcestershire at New Highway.

Robinson seized upon the chance introduced by Kent captain Sam Billings and Jordan Cox’s inclusion for the Hundred after spending the 2022 Vitality Blast on mortgage to Durham, surpassing the earlier greatest Kent efficiency in 50 over cricket of 150 not out by Joe Denly in opposition to Glamorgan at Canterbury 4 years in the past.

A lofted cowl drive for 4 in opposition to Josh Baker took Robinson to his double ton from 130 balls and was the cue for a standing ovation throughout the bottom and he ended on 206 not out.

Former Kent Academy participant Kashif Ali had scored a formidable 114 on his Listing A debut for Worcestershire who recovered from 36 for 4 to publish what seemed like a formidable whole. However Robinson acquired excellent assist from Ben Compton throughout a stand of 204, Kent’s highest second wicket partnership in opposition to any County on this format of the sport.

It was a reversal of what occurred in final summer time’s corresponding fixture when Worcestershire chased down a 323 goal.

Former Worcestershire tempo bowler Matt Henry, in his solely match within the competitors earlier than linking up with New Zealand, struck a treble blow as the house aspect slumped to 36 for 4 after opting to bat.

Ed Pollock edged the primary ball of the innings to second slip, captain Brett D’Oliveira picked out sq. leg and Jake Libby was taken at brief additional cowl in a gap spell by Henry of 6-20-3.

With Azhar Ali lbw working to leg off Grant Stewart, Kent have been very a lot within the ascendancy earlier than Kashif and Barnard started their rescue act. Runs flowed at a speedy charge as soon as Henry had been faraway from the assault and it’s testomony to Kashif’s speedy elevation that he seems fully at house at this stage.

He accomplished a 49-ball half-century after which a regal again foot drive sq. of the wicket off Hamid Qadri took Barnard to that milestone from 56 deliveries.

Nobody was in a position to stem the stream of boundaries and the fifth wicket pair had plundered 175 from 28 overs when Barnard, on 79, fell to a head excessive catch at mid-off in opposition to Matt Quinn. It surpassed Worcestershire’s earlier greatest fifth wicket Listing A partnership of 169 by Ben Cox and George Rhodes in opposition to Yorkshire at New Highway in 2019.

Kashif went onto full his century with a clip by way of midwicket in the identical over and had moved onto 114 from 99 balls when he drilled Qadri to mid-off the place Quinn took a nice low catch.

However there was no let-up for Kent with Ben Cox, on his return to motion after taking a break for psychological well being causes, and Joe Leach including 74 in simply 7.5 overs. Leach had made 48 off simply 28 deliveries when he lofted Quinn to deep midwicket however Cox went onto a 43-ball half-century with two sixes and three fours in a classic knock.

When Kent batted, left arm seamer, Ben Gibbon, struck an early blow when Joey Evison turned the ball off his hips straight to nice leg. However then the dominance of bat over ball then resumed after Robinson and Compton got here collectively.

Robinson was in notably damaging kind in opposition to seam or spin and he reached three figures when lofting D’Oliveira for his thirteenth 4 along with placing three sixes.

The partnership of 204 in 28 overs ended when Compton, on 75, pulled D’Oliveira down Barnard’s throat at deep midwicket.

Alex Blake was strangled down the leg aspect off Dillon Pennington however there was no let-up from Robinson. He reached his double-hundred with a lofted off drive in opposition to Baker from simply 130 balls with six sixes and 26 fours.

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