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Kent Spitfires beat Surrey by five wickets in the Vitality T20 Blast at Canterbury

Kent Spitfires have claimed their first win in this year’s Vitality T20 Blast competition.

The Spitfires beat Surrey by five wickets in the behind closed doors south group match at Canterbury, successfully chasing 162 with nine balls to spare.

Heino Kuhn up against Surrey last summer Picture: Ady Kerry
Heino Kuhn up against Surrey last summer Picture: Ady Kerry

After a washout against Hampshire and a tied match with Middlesex at Lord’s , Kent finally got a deserved win on the board, Grant Stewart seeing them home in partnership with the impressive Heino Kuhn.

Hashim Amla (75) and Rory Burns (56 not out) got the bulk of the runs for Surrey, helping them to recover after the visitors were in trouble early on, having been reduced to 28-3 by Fred Klaassen and Tim Groenewald (2-31).

Openers Zak Crawley and Daniel Bell-Drummond put Kent in a great position in reply to Surrey’s 161-4, with a 49-run partnership in less than five overs.

Bell-Drummond departed for 25 and in-form Crawley picked out extra cover on 32, the first of three wickets for Daniel Moriarty.

Experienced South African Kuhn (42) was back after his wife had given birth to a daughter and he used all of his professionalism to keep them on track while Stewart (21 not out) produced a controlled display after Kent wobbled at 114-5.

With nine needed off the final two overs, Kuhn took a single before Stewart hit a six over long-off to put Kent within touching distance of victory, and then scampered home for two to see the Spitfires complete the win.

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