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Kent won by 6 wickets.

Essex vs Kent

T20 lift-off for Spitfires

Ten Doeschate's heroics in vain for Eagles

Stevens: finished the job

Geraint Jones and Darren Stevens smashed Kent Spitfires to a six-wicket triumph over Essex Eagles in the Friends Provident t20.

Jones hit 54 off 34 balls and Stevens finished unbeaten on 49 from 28 as the visitors chased down a target of 168 with eight deliveries to spare at Chelmsford, which has been a Twenty20 fortress for Essex in previous years.

The fourth-wicket pair put on 69 to revive the Spitfires after they were reduced to 62-3 in the 10th over.

Jones was bowled by Graham Napier (2-40) with 37 still required but Stevens - who hit three fours and three sixes - powered his side home in the penultimate over the company of Azhar Mahmood (7no).

The match ended in a hurry when Stevens plundered 18 from five deliveries off Napier in the 19th over - the fourth of which was a no-ball that disappeared for six.

Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate had earlier dispatched seven sixes during an innings of 98 from 47 balls as Essex recovered from 24-4 to post a total of 167-9 after being asked to bat.

Ten Doeschate's contribution, something of a lone hand as Matt Walker's 21 was the next highest score, ended with him being run out in the final over.

Match Details

Date
2nd Jun 2010
Toss
Venue
County Ground, Chelmsford
Umpires
R K Illingworth and G Sharp

kent BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Denly b Napier 16
Key run out 25
Van Jaarsveld c Masters b ten Doeschate 8
Jones b Napier 54
Stevens not out 49
Mahmood not out 7
Extras 2nb, 1w, 1b, 7lb 11
Total Close, 18.4 Overs 170 - 4
Full Batting Card

essex BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Masters 4 0 22 0
Napier 3.4 0 40 2
Wright 3 0 23 0
Bopara 4 0 32 0
ten Doeschate 3 0 18 1
Phillips 1 0 27 0
Full Bowling Card