Essex v Kent

Andy Flower's unbeaten 46 was the cornerstone of a 29-run victory for Essex over Kent in the rain-affected Twenty-20 Cup clash at Chelmsford.

Flower hit eight fours and a six in his 29-ball innings, and Ravinder Bopara added three fours and a six in 30 from 18 as Essex made 132-6 from 12 overs.

In reply, paceman Tony Palladino removed Martin van Jaarsveld and Darren Stevens for ducks in his first over.

Rob Key hit a four and a six in 15 from seven balls but Kent were well short.

Flower hit a series of punishing drives, combined with some audacious reverse sweeps, to dig Essex out of trouble after both openers fell within the first five balls of the innings.

Ronnie Irani gave a straightforward catch to mid-on and James Middlebrook was run out attempting a single, but with Flower and Bopara in command, 103 came from the final seven overs.


Twenty20 Cup, 2005, South Division
Essex v Kent
County Ground, Chelmsford (day/night)
24 June 2005 (20-over match)

Result: Essex won by 29 runs
Points: Essex 2, Kent 0

Toss: Essex
Umpires: NL Bainton and R Palmer
Essex innings                                                   R   M   B  4 6
JD Middlebrook        run out                                   5   3   3  1 0
*RC Irani             c Dennington       b Hall                 0   2   1  0 0
A Flower              not out                                  46  47  29  8 1
RS Bopara             c Ferley           b Kemp                30  20  18  3 1
RN ten Doeschate      c Hall             b Dennington           1   6   2  0 0
ML Pettini            c Stevens          b Cook                18   9  11  1 0
AR Adams              c Carberry         b Stevens              5   4   3  1 0
+JS Foster            not out                                  10   2   5  1 0
Extras                (b 3, lb 4, w 10)                        17
Total                 (6 wickets, 12 overs)                   132

DNB: GW Flower, AP Palladino, Danish Kaneria.

FoW: 1-5 (Irani), 2-5 (Middlebrook), 3-53 (Bopara),
     4-68 (ten Doeschate), 5-108 (Pettini), 6-120 (Adams).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Hall                         3      1     16      1
Cook                         3      0     17      1 (1w)
Dennington                   2      0     28      1 (1w)
Kemp                         1      0     24      1 (2w)
Stevens                      2      0     22      1
Ferley                       1      0     18      0

Kent innings (target: 133 runs)                                 R   M   B  4 6
*MJ Walker            st Foster          b Bopara              36  32  26  7 0
M van Jaarsveld       lbw                b Palladino            0   3   2  0 0
DI Stevens            c Foster           b Palladino            0   0   1  0 0
JM Kemp               st Foster          b Middlebrook         31  29  28  5 0
RWT Key               not out                                  15   8   7  1 1
AJ Hall               not out                                  12   6   8  0 1
Extras                (lb 6, w 3)                               9
Total                 (4 wickets, 12 overs)                   103

To Bat: +NJ O'Brien, MJ Dennington, SJ Cook, RS Ferley,
        MA Carberry.

FoW: 1-8 (van Jaarsveld), 2-8 (Stevens), 3-70 (Walker),
     4-76 (Kemp).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Adams                        3      0     28      0
Palladino                    2      0     11      2
Bopara                       3      0     19      1 (2w)
Danish Kaneria               2      0     27      0
Middlebrook                  2      0     12      1 (1w)
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