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Holders make winning start in tight Canterbury victory.

Last Updated: 11/06/08 9:16pm

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Key: Celebrates Kent win

Key: Celebrates Kent win

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Twenty20 Cup - South Division
Canterbury
Sussex 137-10 Innings Complete (C J Adams 57, Yasir Arafat 4-17)v Kent 140-4 (J L Denly 50)
Kent beat Sussex by 6 wkts

Sussex seamer Corey Collymore bowled four byes from the penultimate ball of the match to hand holders Kent a nervy six-wicket victory in their opening Twenty20 Cup game at Canterbury.

The Sharks were put into bat in the opening South Division match, but despite skipper Chris Adams smacking 57 off 37 balls they could only muster 137 all out.

Yasir Arafat took 4-17 as the star of the Kent bowling attack to set up what looked to be a routine win as Spitfires skipper Robert Key and Joe Denly put on an opening stand of 68.

Two quick wickets by Dwayne Smith pegged the home side back though and towards the end things got nervy for Kent in the gloom - which was highlighted by Darren Stevens getting a bloodied nose from a short Luke Wright ball and having to leave the field.

The brought Azhar Mahmood to the crease with 27 needed from the final three overs - but Kent's new signing this season is a renowned Twenty20 star.

He hammered Kent close to the finish line, but Denly got out for 50 in the final over and Kent now needed three to win from three balls.

Matt Prior came up to the stumps to prevent the quick single, but he missed Collymore's delivery and it whistled to the boundary to hand Kent the win.

Mahmood finished with a match-winning 19 from ten balls, which came under intense pressure and poor visibility to showcase what an asset he will be to the defending Twenty20 Cup holders.

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