Kent ended a run of eight consecutive defeats in one-day finals as they overcame favourites Lancashire to win the Royal London One-Day Cup at Trent Bridge.
Kent defended a complete of 306-6 by bowling out Lancashire for 285 to win by 21 runs.
Joey Evison, the 20-year-old all-rounder enjoying on what continues to be his house floor forward of his everlasting transfer from Nottinghamshire to Kent for subsequent season, scored a superb 97, took two for 34 and held certainly one of a lot of wonderful catches by his workforce.
Kent’s strike bowlers Grant Stewart and Nathan Gilchrist took three wickets every as Lancashire’s hopes of profitable a twelfth one-day closing have been ended, regardless of skipper Keaton Jennings and veteran all-rounder Steven Croft every scoring 72.
Joe Denly had supplemented Evison’s efforts with an outstanding 78 from 69 balls. Ollie Robinson made 43, Alex Blake 38 and Darren Stevens, in his final skilled match on the age of 46, completed unbeaten on 33 after being greeted with a standing ovation from the group.
Talking to Sky Sports activities, Stevens mentioned it is “all about profitable trophies” and the victory meant quite a bit to him figuring out that harm had dominated him out of enjoying towards Hampshire and Somerset to shut out the season.
“I used to be going to play subsequent week however I’ve achieved my groin, so a bit disappointing however actually pleased. Final 12 months was a particular second profitable the Twenty20 and now this which tops it off properly.”
Having opted to bat first, Kent misplaced Ben Compton, one other former Nottinghamshire participant, to the fourth ball of the innings, when he was tamely caught at gully off a large ball from Bailey.
Robinson accelerated with 5 boundaries in a few overs off Will Williams, however was caught behind off an inside edge as Liam Harm managed to nip one again.
Evison – on mortgage to Kent for this competitors – performed fantastically, his judgement impressively sharp, a lot in order that when Harm and his team-mates celebrated what they believed was his dismissal leg earlier than for 48 within the twenty first over, he triggered a profitable assessment.
His half-century got here from 72 balls and as he and Denly mixed sublimely to maneuver the rating to 145-2 after 30 overs.
Evison missed out on his hundred when he was bowled via the gate when Lamb deceived him with a slower ball.
Denly departed quickly afterwards, bowled taking a swing at Harm and, regardless of the vocal encouragement for Stevens, cheered to the wicket from all corners of the bottom, solely 70 runs accrued from the final 10 overs.
It might need been fewer nonetheless had Lancashire not spilled three easy catches, which took some gloss off the good relay catch executed by Rob Jones and Jennings on the deep midwicket boundary to take away Blake.
Lancashire flew out of the blocks as they started the chase, Jennings and Luke Wells racing to 36 within the first 4 overs towards the tempo of Stewart and Gilchrist. They suffered a setback when Stewart caught Wells in his follow-through however at 63-1 from 10, Lancashire had their noses in entrance.
Josh Bohannon, annoyed at managing solely 5 runs off his first 20 balls, was then caught at high-quality leg off the medium tempo of Harry Podmore.
At 125-2 within the twenty second over, Lancashire appeared nearly favourites, however that started to alter after the off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri entered the assault to dismiss Jennings, who miscued horribly to further cowl.
It was an sudden finish for the Lancashire skipper, though maybe his focus had been damaged whereas play was held up moments earlier after a weird incident that noticed Kent’s Harry Finch give away 5 penalty runs when – presumably unaware he was breaking any rule – he used a glove discarded by wicketkeeper Robinson to discipline a ball that was nonetheless in play.
Lancashire suffered one other setback when Evison bowled Dane Vilas off a backside edge. That was adopted by a blow for Kent as Stevens left the sphere, his closing seemingly over due to harm.
Croft – not fairly of Stevens’s classic however at 37 the senior member of the Lancashire aspect – went to 50 off 71 balls earlier than a flurry of boundaries took him to 70 off 79, which tilted the chances again within the Previous Trafford aspect’s favour with 101 wanted from 13 overs.
However three beautiful catches helped Kent to victory.
Blake held one at midwicket to finish Croft’s cost, the irrepressible Evison one other in an analogous space as George Lavelle top-edged, earlier than Gilchrist pulled off the perfect of the three at deep backward sq. to snare Danny Lamb.
Stewart then pinned Rob Jones in entrance, Gilchrist uprooted Tom Bailey’s stumps and Evison had the ultimate phrase on a memorable day for him by bowling Harm to wrap up the win.