Kent thrash Nottinghamshire to reach One-Day Cup semis


Kent batsman Heino Kuhn scored his third century of this season’s One-Day Cup campaign
Royal London One-Day Cup, Trent Bridge
Nottinghamshire 255-8 (50 overs): Mullaney 90, Fletcher 53*; Podmore 4-57
Kent 257-1 (35.5 overs): Kuhn 124*, Bell-Drummond 79, Denly 52*
Kent beat Nottinghamshire by nine wickets
Match scorecard

Kent thrashed holders Nottinghamshire by nine wickets at Trent Bridge to reach the One-Day Cup semi-finals.

The Spitfires reduced Notts to 23-4, with Harry Podmore taking three early wickets, after winning the toss.

Steven Mullaney (90) led the recovery and Luke Fletcher scored an impressive unbeaten 53 off 34 balls as the hosts posted 255-8 from their 50 overs.

Heino Kuhn hit an unbeaten 124, and Daniel Bell-Drummond 79, as Kent eased to victory with 14.1 overs to spare.

Notts, who beat Surrey in last year’s final, eventually paid the price for a poor start with the bat, despite captain Mullaney marshalling a fight-back and Fletcher’s swash-buckling half-century.

Kent were dynamic, aggressive and athletic in the field, but the Outlaws failed to match their intensity and their bowlers were punished by Kuhn and Bell-Drummond.

The pair were untroubled in the chase until former England Under-19 international Bell-Drummond was stumped by Tom Moores off the bowling of Matthew Carter after putting on 194 for the first wicket.

But his departure allowed Joe Denly to score a quick-fire half-century of his own to help secure victory, completing both with a six off Samit Patel.

Former South Africa batsman Kuhn reached his third century of this season’s One-Day Cup campaign in 87 balls, and has now scored 537 runs at an average of 89.50 in the competition.

Kent, who last appeared in a Lord’s final in 2008, will travel to North Group winners Worcestershire on Sunday (11:00 BST) for their last-four tie.

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