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Kent Spitfires (144-7) beat Glamorgan (104) by 40 runs in the T20 Blast

Matt Milnes produced career-best figures of 5-22 as Kent Spitfires returned to winning ways in the T20 Blast on Wednesday.

Less than 24 hours after losing at Somerset, Kent won a relatively low-scoring affair against Glamorgan in Swansea.

Matt Milnes took 5-22 for Kent Spitfires at Glamorgan.
Matt Milnes took 5-22 for Kent Spitfires at Glamorgan.

Milnes, who took the key scalps of Marnus Labuschagne and Colin Ingram both caught and bowled, said: "We are very happy. The games are coming thick and fast. It was great to bounce back from losing against Somerset on a tricky wicket.

"We weren’t quite at it against Somerset, but today we were. We did well to get to a competitive score and it was a good batting effort.

"I thought we were in the game at halfway and we were clear in our plans and executed them well.

"T20 can be a lottery so I will take the five wickets. Their overseas players were two big wickets."

Kent won the toss and chose to bat but skipper partner Daniel Bell-Drummond was immediately trapped lbw by Prem Sisodiya for a duck.

Sisodiya should have had a second when Joe Denly spooned the ball to mid-off. It was the simplest of catches for James Weighell who somehow dropped it.

Weighell made amends in the next over by dismissing Denly, who again lobbed a catch in the air, for 15 to make it 27-2 in the fourth over.

England duo Zak Crawley and Sam Billings struggled for momentum on a difficult wicket and Crawley went to the first ball of the seventh over, caught by Dan Douthwaite off Sisodiya for 15 from 16 balls with just one four.

Billings smashed Andrew Salter for two straight sixes but Jack Leaning went caught behind for 14 and Billings was bowled by Douthwaite to leave Spitfires 77-5 in the 13th over.

Needing impetus, Kent were indebted to veteran Darren Stevens who hit Weighell for four and six from consecutive balls before he was caught by Nick Selman on the cover boundary.

It was left to Jordan Cox to ensure Spitfires posted a decent total of 144-7, Cox finishing 32 not out from 24 balls after hitting three boundaries.

David Lloyd fell early in Glamorgan’s reply to Milnes bringing Labuschagne – on the back of three straight Blast fifties – to the crease.

Selman went in the fifth over to a smart boundary catch by Crawley as Glamorgan reached just 33-2 from their first six overs.

It soon got worse when Labuschagne was caught and bowled by Milnes for 22 and Ingram followed in the same fashion for 17. It left Glamorgan needing 86 from the final 10 overs.

They didn’t get close with Kiran Carlson caught behind off Denly (1-10 in three overs) and Qais Ahmad (1-20 in four overs) removed Douthwaite for one.

Milnes and Stewart (2-19) wrapped up the tail although the highlight was arguably a stunning catch at the boundary edge on the run by Cox to remove Weighell for 24.

Spitfires have now won four of their first five T20 Blast games and host Essex at Canterbury on Sunday afternoon.

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