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Kent won by 4 wickets.

Kent vs Holland

Dutch cheesed off by Kent

Home side seal win despite record Holland stand

Stevens: Prevented Dutch double over Kent with impressive stand

An entertaining stand of 132 between Darren Stevens and Sam Northeast helped Kent to a four-wicket victory over the Netherlands in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

Stevens was at his fluent best with 70 from 67 balls, while Northeast more than played his part with 58 not out as Kent won with more than four overs to spare.

The home side brought the 160th Canterbury Cricket Week to a successful close after recovering from 51-4 to score a winning total of 200-6.

Stevens and Northeast led the charge in reply to the Netherlands' 199-6, which was dominated by a record seventh-wicket partnership of 124 in 106 balls between Tom de Grooth and Mudassar Bukhari.

Pakistan-born Bukhari chanced his arm with several lusty blows in a season's best knock of 78 not out from 62 balls, featuring seven fours and two sixes.

Recovery

His partner de Grooth anchored the innings with an unbeaten 37 from 49 as the pair ensured the Netherlands had something to bowl at after having slumped to 75-6.

Kent had earlier looked like bowling the Netherlands out for less than 100 when a lively opening spell from Wahab Riaz and Azhar Mahmood saw the Dutch side reduced to 7-2.

Kent struggled in the first ten overs of their reply, losing four quick wickets as the ball continued to do plenty on a two-paced St Lawrence track.

However, Stevens and Northeast, who was dropped by wicketkeeper Barresi when on 49, intervened to form their crucial stand from 136 balls.

The home side lost Stevens four overs before the end, leaving Adam Ball to hit the winning boundary off the penultimate ball of the 35th over.

Match Details

Date
14th Aug 2011
Toss
Venue
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Umpires
S C Gale and J F Steele

kent BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Denly b Mott 1
Bell-Drummond c Barresi b Mott 17
Mahmood b Bukhari 20
Van Jaarsveld c Gruijters b Borren 11
Stevens c Swart b Mott 70
Northeast not out 58
Jones lbw b Gruijters 5
Ball not out 5
Extras 12w, 1lb 13
Total Close, 35.5 Overs 200 - 6
Full Batting Card

holland BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Bukhari 7 0 40 1
Mott 8 0 50 3
Borren 6.5 0 32 1
Seelaar 5 0 28 0
Swart 3 0 18 0
Heggelman 3 0 19 0
Gruijters 3 0 12 1
Full Bowling Card