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Martin van Jaarsveld

Martin van Jaarsveld speeds Kent to a thoroughly convincing nine-wicket win with 72 not out off 62 deliveries at the Grange

Kent eased to a nine-wicket victory over Scotland in the Clydesdale Bank 40, their first win of the season in all competitions.

Batting first after winning the toss at the Grange in Edinburgh, Scotland could manage only 180 for six.

Their total was built largely around an 87-run fifth-wicket stand between Richie Berrington and Neil McCallum, who made 68 and 41 respectively.

However, Kent romped to victory with almost 10 overs to spare as skipper Rob Key hit 67 not out and Martin van Jaarsveld an unbeaten 72 - off just 62 balls - in an unbroken partnership of 111.

While Kent slipped to defeat against Durham in the LV= County Championship this week, Scotland went into the match in good shape after sending Leicestershire crashing to a four-wicket CB40 defeat last week.

Scotland were undermined by the loss of their top order limited gains. Ryan Watson was bowled for 24 by Makhaya Ntini, captain Gavin Hamilton was caught by Key off Simon Cook and Tasmanian George Bailey, who scored a half-century against the Foxes, was stumped by Geraint Jones, standing up to Cook.

The dismissal of Omer Hussain left Scotland 71 for four, but they mounted something of a comeback thanks to two batsman who played such an important part in the victory at Grace Road.

Berrington, whose innings spanned 84 balls and contained six fours, was taken by Amjad Khan off Azhar Mahmood before McCallum was bowled by Amjad. He had faced 52 deliveries.

Kent quickly set about overhauling a below-par total as Joe Denly hit a rapid 38, only to be bowled by Majid Haq.

The partnership of Key and can Jaarsveld proved too powerful for Scotland to break, and carried Kent to a comfortable win that lifted them to fourth in Group C.