Spitfires hold off Brown Caps to top group

Source - kentnews.co.uk

The Kent Spitfires booked a home tie in the quarter-final of the Twenty20 Cup after a comfortable 16-run win against the Surrey Lions in their final game of the group stage.

Rob Key's side had already qualified for the quarter-final stage before the game, but knew a win at Beckenham in the final fixture would see them top the division.

Not for the first time this season, vice-captain Martin van Jaarsveld was the man Kent turned to with the bat, as the South African hit an important 64 to help the Spitfires set a commanding target of 185.

Van Jaarsveld and Geraint Jones (47) shared a 96-run partnership for the third wicket as the Spitfires looked on target to reach something in the region of 200, but the Surrey Lions hit back as Darren Stevens (7), Justin Kemp (1) and Azhar Mahmood (3) all departed quickly.

All-rounder Ryan McLaren the showed his value to the side with an unbeaten 18 from 10 balls to help Kent rech 184 for 7.

The South African then starred with the ball, claiming figures of 4 for 37 as the Lions were reduced to 168 for 9. Amjad Khan, Azhar Mahmood and Simon Cook each took a wicket apiece to help the Spitfires reach the quarter-final stage with a win.
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