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September 17, 2005
Nottinghamshire 486 (Gallian 199) and 170 for 3 dec (Gallian 74*, Read 63) beat Kent 237 for 5 dec (Dexter 79*) and 205 (van Jaarsveld 64, Harris 6-76) by 214 runs
Stephen Fleming, Nottinghamshire's captain, managed to broker a very favourable deal with his opposite number, David Fulton; Kent declared overnight on 237 for 5, 249 runs in arrears, and then Nottinghamshire smashed 170 runs in just 24 overs as Kent' s bowlers served up a succession of full tosses and long hops . Both Chris Read and Jason Gallian, who was run out for 199 in the first innings, hit half-centuries; Read's 63 came from just 52 balls.
Martin van Jaarsveld provided some resistance in a solid knock of 64, but it was never enough to counter the excellence of Harris's bowling as Kent eventually folded for 205.
"The history of the competition is superb, and it's probably been one of the strongest competitions in the world for a long time," said Fleming. "To win so quickly after the Ashes, Nottinghamshire are going to get a great profile from it.''
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