RESULT
Group B, Canterbury, August 14, 2022, Royal London One-Day Cup
(43/50 ov, T:211) 213/6

Kent won by 4 wickets (with 42 balls remaining)

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Ben Compton completes task after Hamidullah Qadri's best

Northants fail to build on bright start as legspinner brings them to their knees

Hamidullah Qadri of Kent drops a chance offered by Tom Clark of Sussex during the Royal London Cup match between Sussex and Kent at The 1st Central County Ground on July 30, 2021 in Hove,

Hamidullah Qadri brought Northants to their knees with four wickets  •  Getty Images

Kent 213 for 6 (Compton 87 ) beat Northamptonshire 210 (Qadri 4-36) by four wickets
Ben Compton and Hamidullah Qadri inspired Kent Spitfires to a four-wicket win over the Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the Royal London Cup at Canterbury, keeping their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.
After Qadri had taken four wickets, his best List A figures, Compton anchored Kent's chase with a typically measured 87 as the hosts closed on 210 for six, chasing down Northamptonshire's 210 all out with seven overs remaining.
As well as returning four for 36, Qadri ran out Rob Keogh, as Kent stifled the Steelbacks in the field. Emilio Gay was their top scorer with 49.
Keogh took two for 35 and Nathan Buck two for 38, but despite a couple of wobbles, Kent ran out convincing winners.
The Steelbacks' decision to bat first in sweltering conditions initially seemed vindicated as Gay and Ricardo Vasconcelos raced to 59 without loss.
However, the partnership was broken when Qadri bowled the latter for 31 and although Will Young got a start, when Joe Denly had him caught behind for 20, Northamptonshire collapsed from 90 for one, failing to bat out their overs.
Saif Zaib made just five when Qadri lured him into a false shot that was caught on the boundary by Harry Finch and Qadri then seized on a mix-up to run out Keogh for 11.
Qadri then caught and bowled Gay, had Lewis McManus caught by Navdeep Saini for eight and was denied a fully deserved five-wicket bag when Compton dropped Buck at slip.
Buck had added only eight runs before he was bowled by Denly for 10, by which point the visitors seemed unsure whether to hit out or hang around. They ended up doing neither: James Sales lasted 57 balls but had only made 23 before he shanked Tawanda Muyeye's second ball to Saini.
Brandon Glover took the Steelbacks to 200 but was out for 17 trying to hit Joey Evison over the square leg boundary and instead finding the inrushing Alex Blake, who took the catch at the second attempt.
Ben Sanderson lasted 50 balls and also made 17, before he holed out to Nathan Gilchrist and was caught by Muyeye, ending the innings with 3.1 overs remaining.
Even on a greenish wicket it looked well below par, until Buck struck twice in the sixth over of the chase. Muyeye was the first to go, victim of a juggling catch by Young at slip and Ollie Robinson then survived a loud lbw appeal before he was bowled by the next ball.
Compton and Denly tilted the momentum back in Kent's favour with a stand of 83 that ended when the latter tried to pull Keogh through cow corner and was caught by Gay for 42.
Visiting hopes flickered when Finch went for eight, driving Alex Russell to Keogh at silly mid-off, but Compton eased past 50 with three off the same bowler and he and Blake were happy to whittle away at the target in ones and twos.
When Blake charged down the wicket to Keogh, he was stumped by McManus for 20, but by then Kent only needed 41. Evison (16 not out) had helped chop the deficit to just one when Compton was caught by Gay off Glover, leaving Qadri to slice the winning boundary through the slip cordon.

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Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
SUSS8620121.929
LEICS8620120.039
NOTTS8530101.143
MIDDX8530100.322
GLOUC8530100.027
WARKS84309-0.369
SURR82505-0.977
SOM81702-1.636
DURH81700-0.651
Group B
TEAMMWLDPTNRR
HANTS8710140.595
LANCS8520110.555
KENT84309-0.818
GLAM84408-0.042
YORKS84408-0.126
ESSEX834070.810
DERBS83405-0.351
NHNTS82604-0.067
WORCS82604-0.452