Twenty20 Cup - South Division
Kent 191-3 Innings Complete (M van Jaarsveld 75 no, D I Stevens 59 no) v Middlesex 129-8 Innings Complete
Kent beat Middlesex by 62 runs
Darren Stevens smashed an unbeaten 59 off 26 balls and Martin van Jaarsveld hit 75 as Kent sealed an emphatic 62-run win over Middlesex at Lord's.
Batting under the impressive retractable floodlights which were making their Twenty20 Cup debut at the home of cricket, the Spitfires cruised along at almost 10 an over to record a total of 191-3.
Middlesex could never get going in their response with only skipper Shaun Udal offering some resistance with his unbeaten 28, the only man on his team to pass 20, as the hosts reached just 123-0 after 20 overs.
Kent won the toss but made the worst possible start by losing their skipper Rob Key without scoring to the fourth ball of the game.
Joe Denly and van Jaarsveld joined forces to add 54 in seven overs before Denly (17) holed out to long-on against Udal.
Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones improvised well to hit three fours and a six as he and Van Jaarsveld added 60 in seven overs to ease Kent into treble figures, until Jones, on 30 from 18 balls, sliced to deep cover off Richardson to make it 115-3.
The real fireworks came in the last five overs of the innings as Van Jaarsveld and Stevens posted an unbroken partnership of 76 from only 35 balls - a Kent record for the fourth wicket in Twenty20.
In his first knock since May 6 when he broke a finger playing against Glamorgan, Stevens rode his luck but also impressed with his breathtaking power hitting.
Stevens slammed 18 off Tyron Henderson's third over and then clattered four successive fours of Henderson's last to move to a thrilling 21-ball 50.
Expensive IPL signing Henderson conceded 56 in his four wicket-less overs while Stevens finished unbeaten on 59 - 46 of them in boundaries and from only 26 deliveries.
Van Jaarsveld equalled his competition best with 75 not out from 53 balls and with 11 fours as Kent set a fierce scoring rate of 9.55 an over.
England men Owais Shah and Eoin Morgan could not revive Middlesex's struggling innings as they made 18 and 11 respectively.
Four Kent bowlers took two wickets apiece, the pick of them Tredwell with two for 14, but the man-of-the-match honours went the way of Stevens.