Nash guides Kent to victory at Deventer

Friday 10th May 2013

Men’s First XI

Kent enjoyed a seven wicket Yorkshire Bank 40 win against the Netherlands at Deventer today, with Brendan Nash guiding the Spitfires to victory.

After bowling the hosts out for 101, victory was always going to be assured for James Tredwell's men; making their target with more than 16 of the rain-reduced 39 overs to spare.

The Netherlands had them at nine for one, 39 for two and 53 for three, but ultimately Kent were too much for The Netherlands.

A skillful, unbeaten 45 from Brendan Nash took Kent to victory, with Ben Harmison alongside him at the close.

Sam Billings had been the first man down for Kent, holing out to Paul van Meekeren, who also removed Rob Key for 16.

Twenty-three-year-old Van Meekeren was the only man making inroads for the Netherlands and when he removed Darren Stevens for 11, his side had an outside chance.

Support was not forthcoming, though, with Nash and Harmison (17 not out) seeing the job through.

Kent's chase was so short owing to a clinical display with the ball.

They had their hosts reeling on six for three at one stage and rarely relented, with only four batsmen making double figures.

Eric Szwarczynsk went after five balls, hit on the pads by Matt Coles, with Wesley Barresi short of his ground and sent back to the pavilion six balls later.

Tom Cooper then nicked Coles to Geraint Jones before a revival of sorts got them to 40, when Daan van Bunge (18) was cleaned up by England international Tredwell.

Forty for four soon became 55 for seven as Tredwell snared Dom Michael (20) and Peter Borren for six, while Mudassar Bukhari was seen off by Stevens.

Tom de Grooth got to 18 but became Tredwell's fourth victim for the loss of just 22 runs, leaving Stevens (three for 19) to finish things off with the scalps of Van Meekeren and Pieter Seelar, top-scorer with 26.

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