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Duckworth-Lewis thwarts Dragons

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SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, rain

Rain intervened as Glamorgan were beaten by visiting Kent at the SWALEC Stadium via the Duckworth-Lewis method

Accurate bowling and torrential rain combined to give Kent Spitfires a 14-run victory in their Friends Provident t20 clash with Glamorgan Dragons at the SWALEC Stadium

Despite a quickfire half-century from Mark Cosgrove, Glamorgan finished their disappointing campaign with a 10th defeat in 16 games.

After being asked to bat first, Kent made a more than competitive 158 for nine in their 20 overs.

But in reply Glamorgan reached 95 for three in 14.4 overs before the heavy rain brought an end to the contest.

Under the Duckworth-Lewis method the Welsh county had needed to be at 109 at that stage but were 14 runs short with Simon Cook and James Tredwell the pick of the Kent bowlers.

Kent had scrambled to a decent score despite no one batsman taking Glamorgan’s attack apart.

Joe Denly cracked a breezy 30, including a consecutive six and four off paceman Shaun Tait, despite losing fellow opener James Hockley to the final ball of the first over.

However, the visitors then proceeded to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Martin van Jaarsveld was stumped, Denly was bowled by Tait and Geraint Jones was run out as Kent subsided from 42 for one to 50 for four.

Azhar Mahmood holed out to midwicket to make it 72 for five but there were useful contributions from Darren Stevens, who hit Croft for a successive six and four, Alex Blake and Tredwell, who took Kent past 150 at the end.

In reply Cosgrove and Will Bragg, on t20 debut, gave Glamorgan a good platform from which to build, before the latter holed out to long-off to leave Glamorgan 43 for one in the eighth over.

With Cosgrove, who reached 50 from 39 balls with two sixes and three fours, and Tom Maynard together there was still hope for the home support, though.

But when the duo perished in the space of two overs, Glamorgan’s chances diminished and heavy rain confirmed Kent’s victory.

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