Kent seamer Harry Podmore was delighted to claim a career-best but said the win was more important in the push for promotion to the top tier of the Specsavers County Championship.
The 23-year-old moved to Canterbury from the 2016 champions in the off-season and has claimed 27 wickets at 19.37 in the Championship.
After collecting the pink ball from the umpires as a memento, Podmore said: “The victory is the main thing and it was awesome. It was very convincing and the fact that it was against my old side didn’t make any difference to me, you still have to perform, no matter what’s set in front of you.
“We bowled well throughout the game. Obviously, we enjoyed a couple of twilight periods to bow at them, but even in the day we bowled well. I got a couple of four-fors last week at Tunbridge Wells and probably tried too hard for a fifth, but it was brilliant that it came today.
“It shows what a good spot we’re in as a squad for Grant to come into this game and bowl and bat the way he did. Then Ivan and Calum put their hands up too, it shows we have good depth to the squad and that we’re all in a great place going into Saturday’s final at Lord’s.”