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Kent Spitfires' Royal London Cup game at Sussex is abandoned due to rain

Kent Spitfires are still looking for their first win in the One Day Cup after a second successive washout on Friday.

Following Wednesday's abandoned match against Lancashire, Kent found the weather worked against them again at Hove when they took on Surrey.

Kent's Nathan Gilchrist - took 3-45 against Sussex. Picture: Barry Goodwin (47427768)
Kent's Nathan Gilchrist - took 3-45 against Sussex. Picture: Barry Goodwin (47427768)

Kent's reply was 4.2 overs short of constituting a match.

There were 34.4 overs of cricket, which was something of a miracle with the rain and very strong winds, with the floodlights burning brightly in the gloom.

With regular interruptions, it was a 29-over game with Kent restricting Sussex to 209-7 after they decided to field first. Nathan Gilchrist was the most successful Kent bowler, taking 3-45 in six expensive overs.

The highlight of the Sussex innings was a stand of 63 in eight overs between Travis Head (52), who made his third fifty of the campaign, and Ben Brown, with an inventive 38 from 29 deliveries in his first appearance in the competition this season.

Despite a late flurry from David Wiese, who made 31 from 23 balls, the Sussex score did not look enough.

That feeling was strengthened when Kent captain Ollie Robinson and former Sussex academy player Tawanda Muyeye hit 48 from their first five overs.

Robinson went for 23 and Harry Finch faced two balls before the innings was curtailed with Kent 50-1 in 5.4 overs.

Gilchrist said: "We bowled well as a group, and then to come out and try to chase down that score as well as we did I think we were on track, potentially, to win our first game of the tournament.

"It’s a bit frustrating having the second game in a row rained off. But we can’t do much about the weather at the moment.

"It’s just one of those days, a bit frustrating but hopefully we can move onto the next game and get a win.”

Kent travel to Essex on Sunday.

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