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Peter Borren

Peter Borren's blistering 71 proved pivotal for the Netherlands as they saw off Kent by 40 runs in a rain-reduced match in Rotterdam

An astonishing innings from Peter Borren propelled the Netherlands to their third win of the Clydesdale Bank 40 season against Kent.

The Dutch captain hammered 71 not out from just 33 balls to see his side to 206 for eight in a game reduced to 37 overs a side after rain delayed the start.

Opening bowlers Shane Mott and Mudassar Bukhari then combined for five wickets as Kent were then rolled over for 165 more than two overs inside their abridged allocation.

Kent won the toss and chose to field first in Rotterdam and the hosts quickly lost Michael Swart for a second-ball duck.

Eric Swarczynski and Tom Cooper, who struck 43 and 38 respectively, put on 75 for the second wicket before three quick wickets left the Netherlands reeling on 87 for four.

Wesley Barresi and Tom de Grooth failed to make an impression but Borren then showed his troops how it was done.

The powerful New Zealand-born all-rounder launched six sixes and added four fours as he wrested the initiative back the home side’s way and put on 47 with Bukhari and 30 with number 10 Tom Heggelman.

An eccentric Kent bowling card saw part-time spinner Joe Denly pick up 3-42 and Darren Stevens 2-51, while James Tredwell bowled only three overs.

The total still looked merely competitive, particularly when Kent reached 143 for three thanks to 46 from Denly and a 51-ball 61 from Martin van Jaarsveld.

However, the latter’s dismissal by Bukhari came in the midst of a dramatic collapse that saw the final seven wickets fall for 22 runs.

Mott finished with 3-27 and Bukhari 2-24, while left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar chipped in with 2-36.