Twenty20 Cup - South Division
The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 131-7 v Kent 132-3 (D I Stevens 62 no)
Kent beat Hampshire by 7 wkts
Kent cruised into the quarter-finals of the Twenty20 Cup with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Hampshire at The Rose Bowl.
Darren Stevens hit an unbeaten 62 to send the Spitfires through to the last eight and leave the Hawks facing a final-day decider against Essex.
The hosts were only able to muster 131-7 from their 20 overs, Dimitri Mascarenhas top-scoring with 45 not out.
The Hampshire captain did well to help his side recover from a disastrous start to their innings that saw them slip to 42-6.
Mascarenhas put on 40 for the seventh wicket with Nic Pothas (21) and then added 49 in five overs alongside Dominic Cork, who made 18 not out.
Their efforts on a slow pitch looked to be crucial when Kent lost Robert Key, Joe Denly and Martin van Jaarsveld with only 30 on the board.
However, Cork's inability to hang on to a slip chance off Geraint Jones, who made just three at the time, proved the turning point for the visitors.
The former England wicketkeeper made the most of the let-off, making a crucial 35 off 41 balls to help get his side over the finishing line.
While Jones accumulated at a steady rate Stevens plundered boundaries aplenty, hitting five fours and two sixes. His explosive half-century followed on from 56 off 27 balls against Hampshire in the reverse fixture.