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Captain Key leads the way as the Kent Spitfires defeat the t20 league leaders

Saturday 26th June 2010

Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires
Friends Provident t20 – South Division
Sunday, 27 June 2010. 6pm start
Hove, East Sussex

Kent Spitfireswon the toss and elected to bat
Kent Spitfires won by 27 runs

Kent Spitfires: 194 for 1, 20.0 overs
Key 98*, van Jaarsveld 53*, Denly 38

Sussex Sharks: 167 for 9, 20 overs
Prior 44, Hood 26, Gatting 24
Coles 3-30, Mahmood 2-23, Cook 2-46

Captain Rob Key (pictured) led from the front as the Kent Spitfires turned the formbook on its head and defeated group leaders Sussex Sharks in the Friends Provident t20.

After winning the toss, and electing to bat, Kent scored an impressive 194 for one from their 20 overs with Key hitting an unbeaten 98. The opener scored his runs from just 55 balls; the knock containing 14 fours and a six. Key put on 90 with the fit-again Joe Denly. Back from a calf injury, at the expense of Sam Northeast, Denly weighed in with a 34-ball 38 – which included six fours and a six.

The only other man to bat was Martin van Jaarsveld and he finished 53 not out, putting on 104 with Key in the process. The South African hitting six fours and a six in his 32-ball innings.

In reply, Azhar Mahmood was economical with the new ball. The miserly all-rounder only conceded four runs from his opening two overs, picking up the wicket of opener Ed Joyce (8) in the process. The impressive Matt Coles and Simon Cook then dismissed captain Murray Goodwin (5) and Dwayne Smith (16) before Matt Prior and Chris Nash got to work.

The duo put on 45 for the fourth wicket, in good time, but Alex Blake took a good catch in the outfield, off the bowling of Cook, to wrestle the initiative back in Kent“s favour. It was the dismissal of England wicketkeeper Prior that put huge pressure on the home side and they never really recovered despite the best efforts of wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd (26), Joe Gatting (24) and Chris Nash 23. Coles finished the pick of the attack, with figures of 3-30 from his four overs, as the Spitfires kept their discipline with ball and in the field to register their third win of the t20 campaign.

Kent now take a break from the shortest form of the game as they welcome Pakistan to Canterbury for a three-day tour match.

Sussex Sharks: Joyce, Prior, Goodwin (C), Smith, Hodd (W), Nash, Gatting, Arafat, Keegan, Beer, Kirtley

Kent Spitfires: Key (C), Denly, van Jaarsveld, Jones (W), Blake, Stevens, Mahmood, Coles, Shaw, Bandara, Cook

Umpires: M A Gough, J F Steele