Kent defy Bristol weather for key FL t20 group victory

Friends Life t20, Bristol
Kent 79-3 beat Gloucestershire 115-4 by seven wickets (D/L)
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Kent defied the Bristol rain as they smashed their way to a seven-wicket FL t20 South Group win with just five balls to spare against Gloucestershire.

Kevin O'Brien hit an unbeaten 43 as the home side made 116-5 from an already reduced 16-over contest.

The game at Nevil Road was then further reduced to a 10-over thrash.

But Darren Stevens and Sam Northeast kept their heads, both hitting sixes as Kent got home on 79-3 off the first ball of the last over.

Kent's reply was twice interrupted by rain and they ended up needing 76 from 10 overs, with many spectators already heading for the exits.

Gloucestershire's eighth defeat in 12 games leaves Kent well-placed, tied with second-placed Somerset on 16 points - and with a game in hand.


Kevin O'Brien told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"With the weather around it's going to make a difference. That's twice against Kent now we've been bowling with a bit of a wet ball."

"But I suppose that's the luck of the draw with the toss. The wicket was the same for both sides but the main thing was they knew what they had to get - coming off for rain and the revised targets and it's always easier chasing a target in less overs."

"Realistically now we're probably out of the tournament, but there's still a lot to play for in our remaining four games. We can still have a big influence on who qualifies. Winning gives you confidence in all forms of the game."