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Kent Spitfires will play Surrey in the T20 Blast quarter-finals

Kent Spitfires will play Surrey in the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast - after losing to them in their final group match.

The game will be played on Thursday, October 1 at The Oval with finals day due to be played two days later.

Kent captain Sam Billings - scored a half-century against Surrey.
Kent captain Sam Billings - scored a half-century against Surrey.

Kent ended up third in the South Group after a six-wicket defeat at group winners Surrey on Sunday.

Openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond had got Kent off to a solid start, but both fell in quick succession to leave Spitfires 62-2 in nine overs.

England duo Joe Denly and Sam Billings put on 65 in just over six overs but Denly was removed by Reece Topley for 29 off 21 balls.

Billings made a 33-ball half-century but wickets fell rapidly around him as the Spitfires lost their way with the bat.

Kent scored just seven runs in their last two overs and from a position of strength at 136-3 in 16 overs, they ended rather tamely on 159-7.

After Joe Denly removed Will Jacks for just four, England one-day opener Jason Roy and T20 specialist Laurie Evans put on a match-winning partnership of 135 for the second wicket in just 14 overs.

By the time Evans dragged on to Grant Stewart, he had scored 73 in just 45 balls with three sixes and seven fours.

Stewart had Rory Burns caught behind for a golden duck before Jamie Smith survived the hat-trick ball.

Roy was then bowled by Matt Milnes for 72 from 52 balls but the game was already up by then and Rikki Clarke hit the winning boundary with eight balls to spare.

Kent skipper Billings said: "If we'd got up to 175, 180 it would have been a tough chase for them. We lost our way towards the back end which cost us really. They showed us how to bowl on a used pitch.

"It's a really good time to have a game like that as the pitches that we're probably going to play on in the quarter-finals, and hopefully finals day, might be on the used side so hopefully we can take that learning forward."

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