Kent’s Mitch Claydon took another three wickets as Central Stags beat Northern Knights to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in the Georgie Pie Super Smash T20 in New Zealand.
The 33-year-old took the first two wickets, New Zealand international opener Anton Devcich before dismissing Leicestershire and Ireland T20 specialist Kevin O’Brien.
Claydon claimed a third wicket as New Zealand U19 batsman Nick Kelly departed with his 4-over spell costing 44 runs.
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson’s unbeaten 47 propelled the Knights to 152 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Sri Lankan star Mahela Jayawardene struck 97 off 59 balls to guide the Stags home with eight wickets and 17 balls to spare.
The Stags need other results to go their way to secure a top-three spot to qualify for the playoffs on December 11-12.