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Glamorgan and Kent cannot be separated

Darren Stevens' fantastic efforts with ball and bat were not enough to seal victory for Kent Spitfires as they were held to a tie in a sensational NatWest T20 Blast contest against Glamorgan.

Stevens was the pick of Kent's attack with 3-22 as Glamorgan reached 177 for seven at the SWALEC Stadium and the 38-year-old dragged the visitors back from the brink of defeat with an amazing innings.

Kent needed 102 for victory in the final 10 overs and Stevens gave them a chance with a breathtaking 71 off 39 balls.

Although Rob Key's men needed just three off the final over, brilliant bowling from Michael Hogan ensured neither side would walk away with victory.

Kent's decision to field first appeared astute when Jacques Rudolph became Stevens' first victim in the opening set of six, although fellow opener Jim Allenby settled into his stride with three fours in an over off Mitchell Claydon.

Allenby and Mark Wallace added 76 in just seven overs before the latter departed for 33 after holing out to Alex Blake off Adam Ball, with Daniel Bell-Drummond taking a magnificent catch in the deep to dismiss Murray Goodwin off Stevens soon after.

Allenby fell for 54 after clubbing Stevens into the deep, but his innings laid the platform for Glamorgan in the final eight overs.

Jacques Rudolph runs Doug Bollinger out from the final ball of the game as Glamorgan drew with Kent Spitfires at the SWALEC Stadium

Chris Cooke and Darren Sammy, with 34 and 19 not out respectively, took up the challenge to boost the home side's total to an imposing 177 for seven.

That appeared to be more than enough as Kent fell to 76 for four at the halfway point, with Sammy claiming openers Bell-Drummond and Key in the fourth over, while Dean Cosker ran out Sam Northeast and then cleaned up Blake for 22.

But Stevens rose to the challenge and, after thumping Sammy and Cosker for maximums to keep the scoreboard ticking over, the all-rounder plundered the latter for two sixes and a four in an over to move to his half-century.

Sammy also came in for more punishment before Andrew Salter tipped the balance back in Kent's favour by dismissing Stevens, who hammered two fours and six sixes, in the 18th over.

Sam Billings, who shared in a 73-run partnership with Stevens, smashed a six and four off Salter before departing in the penultimate over as Kent appeared certain to home in on victory.

They needed three runs from the final six balls but Hogan removed both Claydon and Ball to set up a thrilling finale, and, although the visitors matched the total, Doug Bollinger was run out off the final delivery as the clash thrillingly finished as a tie.

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