Borren sets up Dutch win
Netherlands 206 for 8 beat Kent 165 by 40 runs (D/L method)
An astonishing innings from Peter Borren propelled Holland to their third win of the Clydesdale Bank 40 season against Kent. The Dutch captain hammered 71 not out from just 33 balls to see his side to 206 for 8 in a game reduced to 37 overs a side after rain delayed the start. And opening bowlers Shane Mott and Mudassar Bukhari combined for five wickets as Kent were then rolled over for 165 more than two overs inside their abridged allocation.
Kent won the toss and chose to field first in Rotterdam and the hosts quickly lost Michael Swart for a second-ball duck. But opening partner Eric Swarczynski (43) and Tom Cooper (38) put on 75 for the second wicket before three quick wickets left Holland 87 for 4.
Wesley Barresi and Tom de Grooth failed to make much impression but Borren then showed his troops how it was done. The powerful New Zealand-born allrounder launched six sixes and added four fours as he wrested the initiative back the home side's way and put on 47 with Bukhari and 30 with No. 10 Tom Heggelman.
An eccentric Kent bowling card saw bit-part spinner Joe Denly pick up 3 for 42 and Darren Stevens 2 for 51, while James Tredwell bowled only three overs. The total still looked merely competitive, particularly when Kent reached 143 for three thanks to Denly (46), Sam Northeast (21) and Martin van Jaarsveld, who top-scored with 61 from 51 balls.
But when his dismissal, by Bukhari, swiftly followed the loss of Alex Blake for 10, the Kent middle and lower order folded. Debutants Sam Billings and Chris Piesley fell in single figures, Tredwell and David Balcombe followed and when last man Ashley Shaw was run out, Kent had lost seven wickets for 22 runs to lose by 40 runs after a Duckworth-Lewis revision.
Mott finished with 3 for 27 and Bukhari 2 for 24, left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar adding 2 for 36.