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Kent thwarted by the weather

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Rain prevented Kent from exacting revenge over the Unicorns in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Southend-on-Sea.

The Unicorns claimed their only win of the campaign so far against the Spitfires by four wickets last month.

It was a defeat to frustrate Kent’s early semi-final ambitions and a share of the points today will have hardly helped either after they had restricted the Unicorns to 177 for eight.

Luis Reece

Luis Reece propelled the Unicorns up to 177 for eight with an unbeaten 36 off 35 balls before rain ruined their match against Kent

With an achievable target in sight, only three overs of Kent’s reply were possible before the weather closed in.

The Unicorns had started fairly brightly with a half-century from opener James Ord in a 72-run second-wicket partnership with leading run-scorer Tom New.

The pair progressed the score to a handy 88 for one in the 20th over before the 24-year-old Ord perished for 52, soon after reaching his first Unicorns fifty, when bowled by Darren Stevens.

Spinner James Tredwell trapped New lbw for 31 three overs later before a collapse of four for 18, that included two run outs, left the Unicorns scrambling to put a competitive total together.

That was at least managed thanks to 21-year-old all-rounder Luis Reece, who struck an unbeaten 36 from 35 balls to give the Unicorns impetus.

However, with Kent in need of full points they were only able to reach nine without loss before the rain came.

The point was at least enough to move Kent up to third in Group C, having played a game less than leaders Warwickshire, who they trail by three points.

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