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Kent walk all over Warwickshire

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Kent threw Group C of the Clydesdale Bank 40 wide open in beating leaders Warwickshire by six wickets on a tricky Edgbaston pitch.

The visitors skittled Warwickshire for just 92, their third lowest one-day score at their home ground, inside 31 overs and won with 19.4 to spare after an early wobble.

Kent's victory took them level with Warwickshire on points, but the hosts still lead the table by virtue of an extra win.

Warwickshire's decision to play this game on a used and grassy pitch, which will also host tomorrow's match between England Lions and Australia A, played straight into the hands of Kent's quartet of seamers who all extracted movement from the surface after captain Rob Key decided to bowl first.

Darren Stevens

After taking five wickets yesterday in the CB40, Darren Stevens' 4-25 helped to dismiss Warwickshire for 92 at Edgbaston

Darren Stevens took 4-25 following yesterday’s five-wicket haul in victory over Derbyshire at Canterbury.

Former Pakistan seamer Azhar Mahmood and Mark Davies undermined Warwickshire's innings by taking two wickets apiece in reducing the hosts to 15 for four at one stage.

With Varun Chopra and Chris Woakes called up by England Lions and Steffan Piolet sidelined by a hamstring injury, Warwickshire's batting looked lightweight and their players appeared to have suspicions about the quality of the pitch from an early stage.

Laurie Evans gave the pitch a long stare after he edged Azhar to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones in the second over. Will Porterfield then clipped Azhar to midwicket and Jim Troughton nibbled Davies to Stevens at slip.

The Stevens-Davies combination accounted for Darren Maddy, who was caught while pushing forward, and it was left to Rikki Clarke to prevent the innings from total disintegration after Stevens and Simon Cook joined the attack.

Clarke, playing as a specialist batsman because of a torn abdominal muscle, produced a restrained innings of 35 not out from 66 balls but only Paul Best supported him for long.

Best straight-drove off-spinner Adam Riley for the only six of Warwickshire's innings before he edged to first slip. Stevens snuffed out the innings when he pinned Chris Wright lbw.

There was little chance of Kent repeating their 10-wicket win over Warwickshire at Canterbury in June, but they were given a solid start by Key and Sam Billings before the latter edged Wright to second slip.

Key went lbw to Keith Barker before Stevens and Sam Northeast perished to Maddy's accurate medium pace. But Azhar, who straight-drove Maddy for a maximum, and Alex Blake guided Kent home with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 39.

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