New Zealand warmed up for their two Twenty20 internationals against England next week with an emphatic 42-run win over Kent under lights in Canterbury.
The tourists coped with bad light, rain and a 5-31 haul by Kent's on-loan Durham seamer Mitchell Claydon to set the hosts a daunting target of 186 at 9.3 an over.
After being put into bat, Kent reduced the tourists to 9-2 with the wickets of Hamish Rutherford (nought) and skipper Brendon McCullum (seven).
But New Zealand regrouped through experienced third-wicket partners Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, who both reached half-centuries in adding 98 in 11.1 overs.
Tom Latham then blasted 38 from 18 balls as the tourists finished on a competitive 185-7, which Kent fell well short of despite a poor fielding performance by New Zealand, who dropped two catches and missed three run-out opportunities.
Kent made a decent start to their pursuit in front of a partisan crowd of 4,000 through young openers Sam Billings, 22, and 19-year-old Daniel Bell-Drummond, who added 26 before Billings (nine) miscued a pull-shot against former Kent seamer Ian Butler high into the hands of Nathan McCullum at mid-off.
Fresh from a maiden one-day hundred against Sussex on Wednesday, Kent's acting skipper Sam Northeast had reached only two when he advanced looking to force left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira only to be bowled.
At the mid-point Kent, who rested six first-team regulars, were hopelessly behind the asking rate at 56-2. With a further 130 required from 60 balls, Stevens teed off by hitting Colin Munro for six into the Frank Woolley Stand.
Four balls later, however, Bell-Drummond (31) perished to a skier at mid-wicket when attempting a similar shot, then Ben Harmison (nine) was caught behind by a tumbling Brendon McCullum having made room to cut a short one from Doug Bracewell.
On 41, Stevens was bowled trying heave a Corey Anderson free hit out of the park, but his luck ran out on the very next delivery that was miscued to mid-off.
With the contest as good as over, Fabian Cowdrey, the grandson of former Kent and England skipper Colin and son of Chris Cowdrey, marched in for his first-team debut and showed immediate class with a ramp over fine leg for four against Butler.
Cowdrey finished unbeaten on 20, but Butler hit back by having Alex Blake (12) caught at mid-off to finish with 2-28 as Kent lost Matt Coles to a final over run out to finish well short of their target.