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Kent complete 147-run win despite Sussex's spirited final innings show

Vernon Philander's knock on the final day went in vain
Vernon Philander's knock on the final day went in vain

Kent 369 & 298-2 dec (Drummond 90) beat
Sussex 164 & 356 (van Zyl 78) by 147 runs
County Championship Division Two, Tunbridge Wells

Sussex showed a lot of resilience in their final innings but it did not prove enough as Kent completed a 147 run victory in their County Championship Division Two face-off in Tunbridge Wells.

Sussex resumed their innings on the final day at 182 for six, chasing an improbable target of 504 runs. David Wiese (34) along with Michael Burgess (68) ensured they stretched the Kent bowlers with a 51-run stand.

Even though, Wiese fell, Burgess added another 52 run stand with Vernon Philander (73 not out), who looked good for his 93 ball knock that had 12 boundaries and a six.

Kent were made to earn every wicket on the final day and finally Matt Coles (3-85) ended Burgess' resistance, though Philander carried on and had the support of number 10 Jofra Archer (27) and number 11 Danny Briggs (18).

Overall they batted 43.4 overs on the last day but were eventually bowled out for 356 runs with Philander remaining unbeaten. The 147 run victory is Kent's fourth this season and they are second in the table with 100 points while Sussex are reeling at seventh.

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