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Kent looking good in cup full of thrills and spills
KENT went into yesterday's Twenty20 Cup match against Middlesex as leaders of the South Division table.
Victories over Essex, Middlesex and Hampshire put them level on points with Essex and Sussex, but ahead on a slightly superior run rate.
Yesterday's opponents were without a win in the competition giving Robert Key and his men an ideal chance to consolidate their top-of-the-table spot.
The competition started with new signing Tyron Henderson producing a fine all-round performance in the win over Essex.
He was one of four home batsmen to make thirties as Kent ended on 186-6.
With the ball Henderson recorded 3-17 as Essex struggled despite skipper Ronnie Irani's 61 off 32 balls and were all out for 147.
Defeat by 107 runs at The Oval against Surrey followed as Kent could not cope with hard-hitting batsmen or wily spin bowlers.
James Benning hit 88 off 54 balls and Mark Ramprakash hit 58 to set Kent a formidable target of 198-6.
Darren Stevens (31) put on 40 with Neil Dexter before spinners Nayan Doshi and Ian Salisbury tied them down.
The last seven wickets fell for just 18 runs in four overs to consign Kent to defeat.
There was better news at Lords as Kent beat Middlesex by 17 runs.
Electing to bat first, Kent were led by Darren Stevens (69) in making 182-5, and Middlesex managed just 165-7 in their run chase.
Kent's Min Patel took 4-26 as his team squeezed out the win in the closing stages of the day.
Against Hampshire at Beckenham, Kent got the better of their guests by 15 runs.
A Kent score of 134-9 proved enough to beat Hampishire who were bowled out for 15 runs fewer with one ball to go.
Henderson was again instrumental as the South African's 63 off 44 balls from number eight in the order rescued his side from a worrying 37-6.
Kent's opening bowlers Amjad Khan and Andrew Hall each took three wickets.