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July 31, 2005
Kent 218 for 5 (Walker 56*, Denly 49) beat Yorkshire 216 for 6 (Vaughan 116*) by five wickets
Michael Vaughan gave England a timely boost by returning to form with an unbeaten 116 for Yorkshire in the National League. In his only innings before the second Test, Vaughan reached his hundred from 120 balls to show that his one-on-one sessions with Duncan Fletcher may well have been the answer to his poor form.
However, with no disrespect to the Kent attack, Simon Cook, Martin Saggers and James Tredwell are not quite Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Shane Warne - but then not many are. The important factor is that Vaughan has spent time in the middle and has got used to the ball hitting the middle of the bat. Net sessions have their benefits but there is no substitute to actually getting time in the middle and runs in the bank.
Vaughan wasn't finished with his century, he proceeded to take 2 for 42 from eight overs - to again suggest that his bowling is worthy of more consideration on the international stage. However, despite Vaughan's allround performance, Yorkshire still finished on the losing side as Matthew Walker guided Kent home, making 56 from 51 balls, with four balls to spare. Vaughan will be hoping that isn't an omen for Edgbaston.
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