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Kent stumble at end in chase of 139

Thisara Perera picked three wickets for Gloucestershire
Thisara Perera picked three wickets for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire 138-9 (Cockbain 40) beat
Kent 130 (Smith 3-28) by eight runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Canterbury

Three wicket hauls from Thisara Perera and Tom Smith allowed Gloucestershire to come from behind and restrict Kent to 130 runs in a chase of 139 to win the South Group Natwest T20 Blast clash in Canterbury by nine runs.

This is also Gloucestershire's third win this season as they climb to second position while Kent are placed fourth.

Kent won the toss and opted to field first. Phil Mustard (7) fell early but the innings was propelled by handy knocks from Michael Klinger (25) and Ian Cockbain (40).

George Hankins' (14) 21-ball knock dented their momentum while the rest of the batsmen too struggled to score at a brisk pace except for a 16-ball cameo from Benny Howell (26) that pushed the total to 138 for nine in the 20 overs.

James Neesham (2-30), Mitchell Claydon (2-24) and Imran Qayyum (2-19) all shared six wickets equally between them.

In the chase, even though Daniel Bell-Drummond (25) started cautiously, he made amends with four consecutive boundaries to take Kent to 33 runs in 23 deliveries before being dismissed by Perera (3-31).

The middle and lower order struggled to get any sort of momentum, even though the required run rate was manageable. Kent were left with a target of 38 runs off the final five overs with as many wickets in hand but a combination of Perera, David Payne (1-16) and Howell (2-12) ensured Gloucestershire completed a nine run victory.

Howell was awarded the player of the match for his all-round performance.

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