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August 17, 2005
Kent 153 (Rasel 7-50) and 188 for 7 (Dexter 54) beat Bangladesh A 185 (Tushar 86, Saggers 5-48) and 155 (Shahriar 58, Joseph 5-19) by three wickets
Kent recovered from another wobbly batting performance to secure a three-wicket win against Bangladesh A on the second day at Canterbury. Led by a half-century from Neil Dexter and 47 from Michael Carberry, Kent overcame another menacing performance from Bangladesh's new-ball pairing of Shadahat Hossain and Syed Rasel, who shared three wickets apiece, with Rasel completing the impressive match figures of 10 for 91.
Kent were indebted to their lower-order in each innings of the match. Resuming on a shaky 123 for 8, Kent stretched their score to 153, thanks to Martin Saggers' 44, then set about denting Bangladesh's hopes of a decisive lead by bowling them out for 155 in reply. Shahriar Nafees opened and top-scored with 58, but no-one else could pass 15, as Robert Joseph whipped through the innings with 5 for 19.
Chasing 188 for victory, Kent were shaken by two early blows from Shadahat, and then lost four for 29 as the middle-order imploded. But the 17-year-old wicketkeeper, Paul Dixey, combined with David Stiff to secure the win with three wickets standing.
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