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Kent beat Surrey by 17 runs in the Bob Willis Trophy at The Oval

Darren Stevens inspired Kent to a narrow victory over Surrey at The Kia Oval in the Bob Willis Trophy on Tuesday.

Chasing 192 for victory, Surrey were dismissed for 174 late on the final day with Stevens taking 4-41 and Matt Milnes grabbing 4-57.

Darren Stevens took 4-41 for Kent against Surrey. Picture: Keith Gillard
Darren Stevens took 4-41 for Kent against Surrey. Picture: Keith Gillard

Stevens, who has been offered a new contract for the 2021 season with Kent, took three wickets with the new ball as Surrey were reduced to 20-4.

He came back to remove Laurie Evans for 42 before Milnes took centre stage.

England Test player Sam Curran was bowled by Milnes for 14, Rikki Clarke went for nine and Adam Finch was trapped in front for six.

Ben Foakes, who scored a hundred for Surrey in the first innings, looked to be guiding his team home as he reached his half-century.

But having helped Surrey to 164-8, Foakes was strangled down the leg side by Harry Podmore.

Milnes then bowled Matt Dunn for 12 to wrap up a 17-run win for Kent, under the captaincy of Daniel Bell-Drummond with both Sam Billings and Joe Denly called up by England for one-day action.

Kent recovered from 99-4 and then 170-6 in their first innings to post 342 all out, thanks to Grant Stewart’s 58, 47 from Podmore and 43 by Milnes.

Surrey recovered from 83-4 thanks to Foakes’ excellent 118 but Podmore (3-61), Stevens (3-45) and Milnes (3-55) restricted them to 278.

Kent failed to press home their advantage in the second innings. Well poised at 63-1, Kent tumbled to 69-5 as Clarke did the damage on his way to figures of 5-20.

Stewart’s 22 ensured Kent reached 127 and, having lost a similar game with Essex earlier this summer, they kept their nerve during Surrey's second innings to complete an excellent win.

Stevens has now taken 20 wickets at an average of 19 in this summer’s competition. Podmore took his tally to 12 in two games and Milnes has 11 wickets in three matches.

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