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Yorkshire won by 7 wickets.

Yorks vs Kent

McGrath magic sinks Kent

Carnegie power to emphatic win at Scarborough

McGrath: Match-winning 85 not out

NatWest Pro40 - Division Two
Kent Spitfires 189-9 Innings Complete (D I Stevens 60 no, R M Pyrah 4-35) v Yorkshire Phoenix 190-3 (A McGrath 85 no)
Yorkshire beat Kent by 7 wkts

All-rounder Anthony McGrath struck a majestic unbeaten 85 to guide Yorkshire to an impressive seven-wicket win over Kent at Scarborough.

The victory sees Carnegie go level on points with the Spitfires in the Pro40 Division Two table and keep their slim title-winning hopes alive.

Darren Gough's decision to bowl first after winning the toss proved a shrewd one when opposing skipper Rob Key (9) and the dangerous Martin van Jaarsveld (0) were removed to leave the hosts on 21-2.

From then on it was Richard Pyrah who stole the show for the visitors with a fine spell of bowling which saw him take four key wickets.

Just as Justin Kemp (36) and Simon Cook (42) began to free their arms, Pyrah struck to dismiss them both within 30 runs of each other.


Darren Stevens added some late impetus to the Spitfires innings to finish unbeaten on 60 as Kent's innings finished on 189-9 - Pyrah finishing with figures of 4-35.

In response, Yorkshire made light work of hunting down the competitive total as Jacques Rudolph led the way at the top of the order with a brisk 41.

And even when fellow opener Andrew Gale and pinch-hitter Rana Naved fell in successive balls, McGrath took up the chase expertly with an assured innings.

The former England international and Gerard Brophy saw Carnegie to the total with 6.5 overs remaining - the Yorkshire gloveman finishing unbeaten on 38 to add to his four catches taken earlier in the day.

Match Details

25th Aug 2008
M J D Bodenham and J H Evans