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Spitfires blast to victory

Nash and Jones hit match-winning stand of 107

Brendan Nash: Hit an unbeaten 70 off 52 balls to help Kent beat Northants

Alex Wakely: Notched 74 for Northants but Kent were still able to chase their target down

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Kent Spitfires blasted to a thrilling five-wicket win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks to keep alive their CB40 semi-final hopes.

The Steelbacks won the toss and posted 232-9 from their 40 overs but they were left to rue a couple of key spells in their innings that cost them the chance of a much bigger score.

As they looked set to go close to 250 coming towards the end of their innings, Northants lost Alex Wakely (74) and Christian Davis (54) in quick succession.

Matt Coles took 3-45 for Kent and Simon Cook and Darren Stevens grabbed a couple of wickets apiece.

In reply, the Spitfires' hopes of victory appeared slim when Alex Blake fell for eight, a third victim for spinner Con De Lange, to leave them teetering on 126-5.

But that only sparked a match-winning stand of 107 between Brendan Nash and Geraint Jones, who made it across the line with eight balls to spare with some well-judged batting.

Nash ended unbeaten on 70 off 52 balls, including seven fours, while Jones made it to 52 off 45 balls, getting to his half-century just before Kent crossed the winning line.