Even a century by recent Kent recruit Joey Evison couldn’t stop them from losing to Glamorgan in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Thursday.
Evison, who has signed a three-year contract at The Spitfire Ground but is on loan from Nottinghamshire for Kent’s 2022 50-over campaign, didn't deserve to be on the losing side after he struck 109.
Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and got the perfect start when opener Ben Compton was caught behind third ball of the innings off James Weighell.
But Ollie Robinson - fresh from his record-breaking knock which got Kent's campaign off to a winning start against Worcestershire - joined Evison and the pair kept the scoreboard ticking over until Robinson was out just after reaching his 50 to leave the away team 93-2 in Cardiff.
Captain Alex Blake (66) continued to provide 20-year-old Evison with good support and the pair put on a century partnership before falling in quick succession.
At that stage, Kent would have been eyeing a total of up to 350, but with Dan Douthwaite the pick of the Glamorgan bowlers, the home side were able to peg the Spitfires back to 304-8.
South African all-rounder George Linde’s 27 not out at the end of the innings provided some late impetus, although Kent’s veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens (18) was forced to retire hurt.
It was still an imposing total and Glamorgan needed a good start.
Unfortunately for them, they didn't get it with ex-Kent skipper Sam Northeast falling for a golden duck to Indian Navdeep Saini, just 11 days after he scored a quadruple century in the County Championship.
That brought Colin Ingram to the crease and he seemed to be facing a different bowling attack to his team-mates, regularly finding the boundary without taking any major risks.
It was not the same at the other end as batsmen came and went, although skipper Kiran Carlson offered some resistance with his 28.
Ingram finally departed for 155 with 12 needed for victory.
But Tom Cullen, with 80 not out off 77 balls, remained until the end to see his team over the line in the 49th over.
Linde (2-59) and Matt Quinn (2-60) were best with the ball for Kent who will play their home opener at Beckenham this Sunday against Hampshire.