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May 10, 2013
Kent 102 for 3 (Nash 45*) beat Netherlands 101 (Tredwell 4-22) by seven wickets
Kent enjoyed a successful trip abroad but were made to work harder than they might have thought to take a Yorkshire Bank 40 win over Netherlands.
After bowling their hosts out for 101 victory was always going to be assured for James Tredwell's men but, despite making their target with more than 16 of the rain-reduced 39 overs to spare, their run chase was hardly a swashbuckling one.
Netherlands had them at 9 for 1, 39 for 2 and 53 for 3 to give them a series of minor scares, but ultimately they had enough to get over the line for a seven-wicket win. A careful and unbeaten 45 from Brendan Nash got them there, with Ben Harmison alongside him at the end.
Sam Billings had been the first man down for Kent, holing out to Paul van Meekeren, with the same bowler removing Rob Key for 16. Van Meekeren, 23, was the only man making inroads for the Netherlands and when he got rid of Darren Stevens for 11, his side had an outside chance. Support was not forthcoming, though, with Nash and Harmison seeing the job through,
Kent's chase was so short owing to a clinical display with the ball. They had their hosts reeling on 6 for 3 at one stage and rarely relented, with only four Netherlands batsmen making double figures.
Eric Szwarczynsk went after seven balls, hit on the pads by Matt Coles, with Wesley Barresi short of his ground and sent back to the pavilion six balls later. Tom Cooper then nicked Coles to Geraint Jones before a revival of sorts got them to 40 when Daan van Bunge was cleaned up by England international Tredwell.
Forty for 4 soon became 55 for 7 as Tredwell snared Dom Michael and Peter Borren, while Mudassar Bukhari was seen off by Stevens. Tom de Grooth got to 18 but became Tredwell's fourth victim for the loss of just 22 runs, leaving Stevens (3 for 19) to finish things off with the scalps of Van Meekeren and Pieter Seelar, top-scorer with 26.
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