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Mascarenhas treble sinks Kent

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Hampshire’s Dimitri Mascarenhas took three wickets as Kent slumped to the fourth lowest total in domestic Twenty20 history en route to a 69-run defeat in the Friends Life t20 at the Rose Bowl.

The hosts could only put together a modest 141 for six after Dominic Cork had won the toss, but it proved more than enough as Kent capitulated for 72, losing their top three batsmen within the first 14 balls.

Mascarenhas put behind him more than a year of injury problems to undermine the Kent batting, dismissing Joe Denly with the third delivery of the innings and then snaring fellow opener Rob Key - both for ducks - and later bowling Wahab Riaz for 11 as Kent fell away, never looking likely to get near their victory target.

Dimitri Mascarenhas

Dimitri Mascarenhas dismissed Kent openers Joe Denly, Rob Key and Wahab Riaz as the Spitfires were shot out for 72

Mascarenhas finished with 3-29 from four overs as Hampshire raced back to the top of the South Group with their eighth win in 11 fixtures.

Kent were bowled out in just 14 overs, although Martin van Jaarsveld was unable to bat because of a finger injury sustained while fielding.

Hampshire struggled on a pitch offering plenty of turn and their top scorer was South African Neil McKenzie, who hit five fours in his 46-ball 48, sharing a stand of 50 for the fifth wicket with Sean Ervine.

Champions Hampshire were never at ease against the occasional spin of van Jaarsveld, who took 3-20 from four overs, having previously taken only seven wickets in the competition.

But if Kent thought seven an over was a reasonable proposition, they were in for a shock as they lost Denly, Azhar Mahmood - lbw to Cork - in slipping to two for three.

Only Darren Stevens offered any resistance, striking a six and two fours in his 20 before he was bowled by Danny Briggs.

Sam Northeast was run out; Shahid Afridi, who was bowled by van Jaarsveld first ball when Hampshire batted, cleaned up Adam Ball in the 11th over; and the innings was quickly wrapped up by Imran Tahir, who trapped Geraint Jones in front and bowled Charl Langeveldt.

Hampshire's victory was their sixth in succession at the Rose Bowl and for Kent there was at least a small consolation of avoiding the lowest total in the competition. That remains the 67 Sussex made, also against Hampshire, in 2004.

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