Royal London One-Day Cup Group B: Doug Bollinger takes five wickets as Kent beat Glamorgan
Last Updated: 06/08/14 11:06pm
Doug Bollinger returned figures of 5-35 as Kent eased to a six-wicket win over Glamorgan in their Royal London One-Day Cup clash at Canterbury.
The Australian seamer equalled his career-best List A figures to help dismiss Glamonrgan for 209, with the hosts chasing down the modest target with more than six overs to spare.
Darren Stevens hit an unbeaten 62 for the Spitfires, who registered their third win in four matches in the competition.
When Daniel Bell-Drummond (5) fell early in the chase, Ben Harmison (43) and acting Kent skipper Sam Northeast (33) took the safety first approach and had reached only 25-1 after the powerplay.
But the pair eventually upped the tempo along with Fabian Cowdrey (42), while Stevens provided added impetus with a 47-ball fifty. The win was wrapped up not long after he had reached his half-century.
Earlier, having elected to bat first on a slow pitch, Glamorgan lost four wickets inside the first 15 overs before Murray Goodwin (40) and Chris Cooke (73) steadied the ship.
But Bollinger removed both batsmen and then claimed three lower-order wickets to leave the visitors in a precarious position from which they never recovered.
In the other Group B contest on Wednesday, Sussex kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive with a 36-run over Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Half-centuries from Luke Wright (52), Ed Joyce (58) and Craig Cachopa (58) lifted the Sharks to 289-8, with Surrey only being able to muster 253-9 in response despite Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 85.
Azhar Mahmood chipped in with 40 for the hosts but Sussex bowled superbly on a slow pitch being used for the third successive game and Surrey's innings eventually petered out.
As the wickets fell around him Dilshan played risk-free cricket, hitting just eight boundaries until he was deceived by Will Beer in the 34th over and drilled a return catch to the bowler.
Despite Mahmood’s efforts that signalled the beginning of the end as left-armers Chris Liddle (3-39) and Lewis Hatchett (3-44) closed things out.
Earlier, three of the visitors' top four made half-centuries and although none of them went on to make a big score, Ben Brown (34) and Yasir Arafat (24) provided acceleration at the end with 68 runs coming off the last five overs.
But particularly impressive was Beer’s last-gasp contribution of 19 from just six deliveries, including a six from the final ball of the innings.