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Hampshire stumble at end as Kent seal five run victory

Daniel Bell-Drummond came with a man of the match performance
Daniel Bell-Drummond came with a man of the match performance

Kent 159-6 (Bell-Drummond 62) beat
Hampshire 154-4 (Alsop 43no) by five runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Southampton

Hampshire failed to make their start count as the stumbled in the end overs in the chase of 160 runs as Kent registered a five run victory in the South Group Natwest T20 Blast encounter in Southmapton.

Kent won the toss and decided to bat first. Joe Denly (31) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (62) scored five boundaries between them inside the powerplay to take the score to 47 for naught.

The 50-run opening stand between the duo came off just 38 deliveries and Mason Crane (1-28) finally managed to provide a breakthrough when he castled Denly in the eighth over.

Sam Northeast (10), Sam Billings (4) and James Neesham (6) all failed to contribute but Bell-Drummond, who notched up a half-century ensured Kent reached 118 for three in 15 overs.

Cameos from Alex Blake (23 not out) and Darren Stevens (16) lifted Kent to 159 for six despite a four-wicket haul from Shahid Afridi (4-26).

In the chase, James Vince (39) once again lit the stage on fire with a quick start, even though Rilee Rossouw (13) fell early at the other end.

By the end of 15 overs, Hampshire were positioned 120 for two, needing another 40 runs to win off the final five overs. However, James Tredwell (1-30) accounted for George Bailey (41) in the 16th over and Neesham (1-22) removed Liam Dawson (4).

Despite, unbeaten knock from Tom Alsop (43 not out), Hampshire could manage only eight runs in the final two overs as Kent completed a five run victory.

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