Owais Shah swatted away six sixes to lead Essex to a 47-run victory over Kent at Canterbury to grab a first win in this year's Friends Life t20.
Shah's 59 helped Essex to put on 164-6 in their 20 overs, and in response Kent could make just 117 as they were bowled out inside 18 overs thanks to three wickets each from Graham Napier and Reece Topley.
Requiring 165 for victory at an asking rate of 8.25 an over always looked too much for Kent, who slipped to their third South Group defeat in as many starts in front of a season's-best crowd of 5,000.
Kent made the worst possible start when in-form Sam Northeast worked across the line to go leg before to Napier's first ball of the reply.
With Shaun Tait and Napier bowling tightly and Kent's Rob Key and Sam Billings struggling for timing, the Spitfires could only muster 30 from their powerplay.
Kent suffered another blow two balls later when Greg Smith took a good low catch on the run at deep mid-wicket to send Billings (15) packing and make it 31-2.
By the eighth over the St Lawrence ground announcer was already playing the theme from Mission Impossible, which was the cue for Darren Stevens to take a six and a brace of fours off an over from Ryan ten Doeschate.
But, with his score on 19, Stevens bottom edged an attempted pull against Ravi Bopara onto his stumps then, having faced 30 balls for his 26, Key holed out to long on and at 82 for four Kent were deep in trouble.
Essex had much fewer problems with their batting, with Hamish Rutherford hitting 29 and Ryan ten Doeschate 31 to help Shah set what turned out to be a winning target.