T20 Blast: Kent win as Gloucestershire come up short
|NatWest T20 Blast, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence|
|Kent Spitfires 136-7 (20ovs) beat Gloucestershire 115-9 (20ovs) by 21 runs|
Alex Blake's career-best 41 helped Kent beat Gloucestershire by 21 runs in the T20 Blast at the St Lawrence Ground.
Batting at number six, Blake arrived with his side 63-4, and his 30-ball knock steered Kent to 136-7.
Gloucestershire made a steady start to their run-chase but spinner Adam Riley's 4-22 put them in trouble.
With the reliable Michael Klinger (25) and Hamish Marshall (26) dismissed, they were unable to recover and ended short on 115-9.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Kent's top order struggled to build on promising starts.
But 25-year-old Blake hit five fours and a six as he compiled his best T20 score.
And once Riley had dented Gloucestershire with four consecutive wickets, Australia paceman Doug Bollinger snuffed out any chance of a late rally with 2-15.