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Kent progress to the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup after beating Sussex

By James Black
Kent's Sam Billings celebrates reaching 50 against Sussex. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Sam Billings impressed again for Kent with the bat as they beat Sussex by 59 runs (D/L method) at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

In-form Billings, who struck 51 not out, has now scored 337 runs in just four innings in the competition at an average of 168.50.

After being put into bat by their visitors, Kent amassed 299 all out from 49.5 overs with opener Daniel Bell-Drummond top scoring with 83 before he was caught off the bowling of former Kent star Yasir Arafat - who finished with figures of 4-49.

Sam Northeast (20), Ben Harmison (33), Fabian Cowdrey (40), Darren Stevens (24) and Alex Blake (20) all chipped in with runs before wicketkeeper Billings' knock off 39 balls helped push Kent to their total of 299.

After a rain delay Sussex were set a revised target of 243 from 35 overs and despite a decent opening stand from Luke Wright (24) and Chris Nash (21) they lost wickets regularly with only Ed Joyce (47) standing firm, before he was bowled by the impressive James Tredwell (4-27).

James Tredwell and Sam Billings in action against Sussex. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Meanwhile Mitch Claydon took 3-26, finishing off the Sussex innings with the wicket of Lewis Hatchet as they were bowled out for 183.

The win moves Kent four points clear at the top of Group B and earned them a home tie in the last eight.

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