KENT are still in contention in the YB40 one-day tournament following a thrilling victory over the Sussex Sharks last week.

Chasing a massive 336 total, the Spitfires created a new world record with the highest successful run chase in 40 over cricket.

Sussex got off to a flyer and reached 200-1 by the halfway stage.

Kent clawed things back once Calum Haggett had removed Luke Wright (115 off 61 balls) and Adam Riley’s spell of 0-42 in eight overs was excellent in the context of the game.

Rob Key (52) and Sam Northeast got the reply off to a good start but when Darren Stevens, who had earlier taken a couple of important wickets, came in the innings really took off.

Flailing the ball to all parts, Stevens took just 44 deliveries to reach 100, equalling the Kent record held by Mark Ealham.

Stevens’ departure for 118 off 53 balls gave Sussex hope but Northeast took the Spitfires to within touching distance before he was out for 115 from just 102 deliveries as Kent won with three wickets in hand and nine balls to spare.

Earlier on the same day, captain James Tredwell had picked up the man of the match award for hiscontribution to England’s ICC Champions Trophy semi-final victory over South Africa.

On Saturday, a young Kent line-up lost a 20 over warm-up match against New Zealand despite Mitchell Claydon’s five-wicket haul and a quick-fire 41 from Stevens.

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