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Sensational Kuhn carries Kent to Royal London Cup final

ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP

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Kuhn made 127 off 118 deliveries.

Kuhn made 127 off 118 deliveries. © Getty

Heino Kuhn’s ton overshadowed Ben Cox’s maiden ton and half-centuries from Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Barnard as Kent sealed a spot within the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup as they defeated Worcestershire through two wickets in a thrilling encounter at New Road on Sunday (June 17). Set 307, Kuhn endured his red-hot shape and scored 127 off 118 to take the workforce house in 49.four overs.

Things will have been considerably other for Worcestershire, and far more straightforward for Kent, had the troika no longer rescued them from 48 for four. George Rhodes (2), Callum Ferguson (13) and Daryl Mitchell (four) failed to get going as Worcestershire had been in all types of bother within the first 13 overs. However, Cox first collaborated with D’Oliveira to dig the workforce out of bother prior to Barnard lifted the facet to a preventing overall with a overdue 28-ball 50.

Cox and D’Oliveira scored 140 for the 5th wicket to frustrate the Kent bowlers and nullify the early harm achieved. Worcestershire misplaced D’Oliveira and Ross Whiteley (four) in fast succession to wobble once more and slip to 199 for six. Cox and Barnard then scored 107 for the 7th wicket in nine.four overs to trade the complexion of the sport. They scored 48 runs within the closing two overs to pass into the ruin with the momentum on their facet.

Things did not get started too smartly for Kent both. Dillon Pennington’s dual moves supposed they slipped to 31 for three. Kuhn and Adam Rouse (70) then scored 114 for the fourth wicket to revive the chase and put the innings again at the monitor. Worcestershire stayed within the sport until the very finish with well timed wickets of Rouse and Darren Stevens (10) to cut back Kent to 162 for five. However, Kuhn refused to give in and collaborated with Alex Blake (61 off 48) to assist the workforce nostril forward with a 115-run stand in 13.Three overs.

That stand driven Worcestershire at the backfoot prior to Blake and Matt Henry had been disregarded overdue into the innings. Kuhn’s attacking way regardless that diminished the chase to an excessively attainable 16 off the closing two overs. The twists and turns of the sport regardless that did not finish there. Barnard gave 5 within the 49th over to depart 11 to shield within the final over for Patrick Brown. Kuhn smashed the second one ball for a six however used to be disregarded off the very subsequent ball with 4 extra wanted. Harry Podmore struck a boundary to be sure that Kent were given house with two balls to spare.

Brief ratings: Worcestershire 306/6 in 50 overs (Ben Cox 122*, Brett D’Oliveira 78, Ed Barnard 50*; Darren Stevens 2-33) misplaced to Kent 307/eight in 49.four overs (Heino Kuhn 127, Alex Blake 61; Patrick Brown Three-53) through two wickets.

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