Derbyshire made the long pilgrimage to Canterbury for their return match with Kent in this competition.
Wayne Madsen won the toss and invited Kent to bat first. Things were looking good when opening bowlers, Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner, dismissed two of the hosts’ most prolific run-makers, Key and Northeast, for a duck apiece.
Stevens joined Sam Billings and together they added 85 for the third wicket: Alex Hughes bowled Stevens and two more wickets fell quickly to Peter Burgoyne who was playing his first first-team competitive match of the season. Mahmood was caught in remarkable fashion by Dan Redfern who, having misjudgd the flight of the ball, dived and clasped it with both hands just inside the mid-wicket boundary.
Kent’s score was 123 for five, and Derbyshire seemed well-placed, but Jones and Billings battled well until they found themselves in a position from which they could accelerate. Billings was in especially good touch, and he reached his first one-day century from 97 balls. During the four-over batting Powerplay, taken during the 36th to 39th overs, this pair added 51 runs, Billings hitting 38 of them from the fourteen balls he faced. He had played an outstanding innings, finishing with 143 from 113 balls.
So Derbyshire were faced with a much stiffer target than they might have expected, and they found the early overs difficult to get away.
Davies bowled his eight overs straight through and he finished with three for 25. The required run-rate went up with virtually every over, so the task soon became out of reach. Stevens also bowled very economically, and he had one golden spell when he took five wickets for only seven runs in nineteen balls.
Madsen had done his best to keep things moving, but his efforts were to prove in vain. Burgoyne played a few bold shots and shared a last wicket stand 28 with Turner, before Turner was last out to leave Kent victors by an all-too-comfortable 111 runs.
Derbyshire have one more match in this competition – against Northamptonshire at Derby on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August.
Kent 248 for 6 (40 overs) (SW Billings 143, GO Jones 41*, DI Stevens 40; PI Burgoyne 2 for 32, ML Turner 2 for 74)
Derbyshire 137 (WL Madsen 31, CF Hughes 25, PI Burgoyne 24*; DI Stevens 5 for 36, M Davies 3 for 25)
Kent (2 points) beat Derbyshire by 111 runs
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