Kent record T20 total is too hot for Gloucestershire
FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Gloucester: Kent 217 (19.5 ovs) beat Gloucestershire 181 (19.5 ovs) by 36 runs Match scorecard
Kent opener Joe Denly hits out on his way to 48 at Gloucester
Kent racked up up their best Twenty20 total on their way to a 36-run win over Gloucestershire at Gloucester.
Joe Denly (48) and Rob Key (44) got the visitors off to a flier, putting on 87 for the first wicket in 8.2 overs.
Martin van Jaarsveld, Azhar Mahmood and Alex Blake also made runs as Kent were dismissed for 217, beating the 204-5 they made against Essex in 2008.
The hosts were never in the hunt and were all out for 181 despite 67 from Chris Taylor and Will Porterfield's 43.
Simon Cook was the pick of the visitors' attack, taking 3-22, while Matt Coles finished with 3-48.
Both sides failed to bat out their overs, with the final wickets of each innings falling off the penultimate ball.
Kent's victory was their second of the competition and enabled them to leapfrog Gloucestershire, who have now won just once in four games, in the South Group table.
Gloucestershire batsman Chris Taylor told BBC Points West: "If you're chasing more than 200 you're going to need to bat well, but every boundary option that we took seemed to go to hand.
We failed to build momentum, says Taylor
"It was a disappointing batting performance.
"You're looking at two or three partnerships to get us over the line and we just couldn't quite build that momentum.
"It's frustrating because we have been so close on two or three occasions but we're learning every time we play."
Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman told BBC Gloucestershire: "We conceded too many runs, we lost our discipline in a couple of areas and no balls have cost us
"It's such a long campaign; at some stage, if you put a run of four or five wins together, it can change things very quickly.
"It's not all doom and gloom. You have to stay positive and can't let your confidence get knocked in this format. We have to look at the facts and try to put a few things right."
Kent bowler Simon Cook told BBC Radio Kent: "Sussex chased down 160 here a couple of days ago in 15 overs so we knew it was going to be pretty high scoring game before we came down here.
"The wicket looked pretty good, it had small boundaries and a fast outfield, so you're looking to cash-in when you bat and put the opposition under pressure certainly when you lose the toss.
"We would have tried to chase a target, that was our preferred option, but it was nice to get over the line.
"These Twenty20 games come thick and fast. When we were at the Rose Bowl we chased about scraped 115 and then suddenly we're here and we've surpassed 217 which is a record and is good for the batters - a lot of credit goes to them and how they played."
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