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Come and support Ntini in his final game as Kent play Scotland

Saturday 29th May 2010

Kent Spitfires v Scottish Saltires
Monday, 31 May 2010 – 1.45pm start
Clydesdale Bank 40 – Group C
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

With confidence surging back through the team after back-to-back victories last week, Kent“s cricketers will look to make it three wins on the spin when they welcome the Scottish Saltires to Canterbury for a CB40 clash on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Spitfires got their season up and running last Saturday, when they recorded their first success of the campaign against Monday“s opponents up in Edinburgh. The home side batted first and the Kent attack bowled well throughout as three wickets from Simon Cook helped reduce the Scots to 71-4. A spirited fifth wicket stand of 87 from Richie Berrington (68) and Neil McCallum (41) staged a mini-revival but in the end Scotland were restricted to 180 for six with Cook“s 3-39 the pick of the attack.

Kent were always in control of their run chase. Openers Joe Denly (38) and Rob Key (67*) set the foundations with an attacking stand of 72 before Martin van Jaarsveld came in to finish the job. His quickfire 72 off 62 balls – including nine fours and a maximum – saw the visitors cruise to a nine wicket victory with a shade under ten overs to spare.

Key“s men backed this win up with a stunning LV=CC victory over reigning champions Durham in the week. After Amjad Khan“s 5-43 had helped skittle the home side out for 121 on day one, Darren Stevens pumped a brutal century to help Kent post 320 in their first innings – a lead of 199.

Day two belonged to South African test legend Makhaya Ntini (pictured). In his final championship game for the club, he ripped through Durham“s tail to record figures of 6-51 (match figures of 10-104) as they slumped to 195 all out as Kent recorded a resounding innings and four run victory.

Monday marks Ntini“s final game in Kent colours as he returns to his native country to act as an ambassador for this summer“s football World Cup. The man fondly known as ‘George“ finished with 24 championship wickets at an average of 19.75 as he sent down 164 first-class overs for the club.

Ntini will be looking to add to the two wickets he has taken in this competition on Monday so please come along to show your appreciation to a true cricketing legend.

Kent have named the following 12-man squad: Denly, Key (C), van Jaarsveld, Jones (W), Stevens, Blake, Mahmood, Tredwell, Cook, Ntini, Khan, Coles

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