Kent chase 206 runs riding on a fine century from Joe Denly

Joe Denly scored unbeaten 116 runs for Kent
Joe Denly scored unbeaten 116 runs for Kent
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Kent 207-2 (Denly 116no) beat
Surrey 205-5 (Roy 55) by eight wickets
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Kennington Oval

A blistering unbeaten century from Joe Denly and a 64-run knock from Daniel Bell-Drummond helped Kent chase down 206 runs in 19.3 overs with eight wickets in hand against Surrey in the Natwest T20 Blast South Group encounter at Kennington Oval.

Chasing over 10 runs per over, the two openers Denly (116 not out) and Bell-Drummond (64) notched 47 runs in the powerplay.

Denly stepped up the accelerator further smashing three boundaries and six in the next two overs and also plundered three sixes in the 11th over after reaching his fifty and also the 100 run stand. With the score of 144 for naught in 14 overs, Kent needed 62 runs off the final six overs.

Bell-Drummond, who was going at just above 100 strike-rate decided to up the ante further and notched his fifty off 36 deliveries but was dismissed in the 16th over. That did not stop Denly from continuing the onslaught as he reached his century and ensured the target was reached with three balls to spare.

Earlier, Jason Roy (55), Aaron Finch (49), Kumar Sangakkara (28), Dominic Sibley (33) and Ollie Pope (29 not out) all contributed with the bat to take Surrey to 205 for five in the 20 overs.

Denly bagged the player of the match as Kent move to second position in South Group table.

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