Sorry Kent thrashed by Hampshire

Friends Life t20, The Rose Bowl
Hampshire 141-6 (20 ovs) beat Kent 72 (14 ovs) by 69 runs
Match scorecard
Kent captain Rob Key
Kent captain Rob Key was out for a fifth-ball duck

Hampshire shot out Kent for just 72 in 14 overs - their lowest ever Twenty20 score - to win a one-sided match at The Rose Bowl by 69 runs.

Chasing 142 to win, Kent were never in the hunt once Dimitri Mascarenhas (3-29) helped reduce them to 3-2 after only 14 balls.

Joe Denly, Rob Key and Azhar Mahmood were all out for ducks in the carnage, and only three men made double figures.

Neil McKenzie had earlier hit 48 in Hampshire's 141-6 from their 20 overs.

It was a patient innings from the South African, who came to the crease after occasional spinner Martin van Jaarsveld (3-20) reduced Hampshire to 35-3, including removing Jimmy Adams and Shahid Afridi in successive balls.

Van Jaarsveld later sustained a finger injury while fielding and was unable to bat, delivering Kent an early blow to their hopes of mounting a successful run chase.

And those hopes were left in tatters in the opening three overs as Mascarenhas removed Denly and Key either side of Dominic Cork trapping Mahmood leg before.

Darren Stevens (20), Wahab Riaz (11) and Adam Ball (15) offered token resistance but could not prevent their side being dismissed for the fourth lowest total in domestic Twenty20 history, and Kent's lowest ever, beating the 91 they were bowled out for against Surrey at The Oval in 2006.

Hampshire remain top of the South Group and firm favourites to reach the quarter-finals, while Kent slipped below Essex to fifth by virtue of an inferior net run rate.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Hampshire batsman Neil McKenzie told BBC Radio Solent:

"The toss was good for us. (The game) went really nicely for us, it was a good night for Hampshire.

"We have some big hitters and my role is to get us to a platform where we can't get bowled out.

"The crowd's always good, it's always nice to play at home, it's been unbelievable here. The spectators look like they've enjoyed the bowling performance tonight on a worn wicket."

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