One-Day Cup: Kent make light work of Sussex at Canterbury

Daniel Bell-Drummond
Daniel Bell-Drummond signed an extended contract with Kent on Saturday
Royal London One-Day Cup, Spitfire Ground St Lawrence
Kent: 155-2 (30.5 overs): Bell-Drummond 55 not out, Denly 48
Sussex: 154 (44.3 overs): Joyce 36, Robinson 30; Stevens 4-29
Kent (2pts) won by eight wickets
Match scorecard

An unbeaten half-century from Daniel Bell-Drummond guided Kent to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against Sussex in the One-Day Cup.

Bell-Drummond played second fiddle to Joe Denly's rapid 48 before striking six fours in his 55 as Kent chased 155 to win with 115 balls remaining.

The 21-year-old celebrated signing a new contract with the club on Saturday.

Earlier, all-rounder Darren Stevens claimed 4-29 in his 10 overs as Sussex were bowled out for just 154.

The visitors struggled to recover from 33-3 after being put in to bat at Canterbury with captain Ed Joyce (36) the only man to show any resistance.

Unhappy away days
Defeat against Kent saw Sussex lose their third match in succession away from home for the first time since 2011.

Seam bowlers Mitchell Claydon, Matt Coles and Matt Hunn shared two wickets apiece.

Victory lifted Kent back in to the top four of Group B while Sussex remain without a win from four matches.

Kent opening batsman Joe Denly:

"We clearly had the best of the pitch, so you'd say it was a good toss to win at 10am.

"When I turned up this morning it looked a belter, but what do I know?

"As it turned out, it was a bit damp at the start but our lads up front bowled beautifully on it. We were on it from ball one and put them under pressure from the off.

"Then, chasing a low target, we felt it was right to make a positive start and thankfully Daniel and I managed to do that."

Sussex head coach Mark Robinson:

"When you lose the toss and bat on a pitch made damp by early morning dew you need one or two things to happen - to play well, have a bit of luck and for the opposition bowlers to give you a few early gifts.

"None of that happened for us today.

"Kent bowled well and we didn't have too much fortune. Had we have scratched 240 together we may have had a chance, but it wasn't our day and fair play to Kent."