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Kent ease to emphatic win

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Martin van Jaarsveld & Malinga Bandara

Martin van Jaarsveld and Malinga Bandara starred as Kent cruised to victory in their CB 40 clash with Leicestershire at Canterbury

Kent recorded the third win of their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign in emphatic style with an eight-wicket drubbing of Leicestershire at Canterbury.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Leicestershire made a stunning start to reach 41 without loss after four overs, only to be dismissed for 148 in 30.1.

Opener and top-scorer James Benning and Jacques du Toit ensured the Foxes did well against Kent's makeshift new-ball pairing of Darren Stevens and Amjad Khan, before Matt Coles accounted for du Toit.

However, it was the introduction of spin at both ends which turned the game.

Sri Lanka leg-spinner Malinga Bandara did the main damage with 5-35 - his best figures since joining the county.

Off-spinner James Tredwell turned one through the gate to bowl Danny Masters as he played back, then occasional off-spinner Martin van Jaarsveld chipped in with 3-23.

Having been set a modest target, Kent brought 50 up in nine overs through openers Rob Key and Joe Denly before the former clipped a return catch to Denning.

Having hit five boundaries in his 51-ball stay, Denly followed seven overs later when he was bowled by James Taylor, but it was to prove Kent's last slip up in an otherwise ruthless display.

Vice-captain van Jaarsveld, with an unbeaten 56 scored at a run-a-minute, and Geraint Jones - with a cameo 25 from 24 balls - duly eased Kent home to victory to inflict a fifth defeat of the campaign of Leicestershire.