Dutch cheesed off by Kent
Home side seal win despite record Holland stand
Last Updated: 14/08/11 8:15pm
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.
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.