Kent Spitfires made a big impact in their second appearance in the Caribbean Super50 tournament, beating the reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by six wickets with almost 14 overs to spare.
The Spitfires, who had lost their opening match against Leeward Island Hurricanes last week, dismissed the Red Force for 193 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, with career-best List A bowling performances from seamer Ivan Thomas and spinner Imran Qayyum.
Sean Dickson’s half century, and an opening stand of 85 with Daniel Bell-Drummond, then drew the sting from a bowling attack led by Shannon Gabriel and Ravi Rampaul, and Darren Stevens steered Kent to the brink of victory with a quick 43, which earned him the man of the match award after he had also taken two wickets, and a spectacular catch.
Thomas took four for 51, Callum Haggett and Will Gidman both bowled tidily, and Qayyum earned two for 33 off his 10 overs.
Next up for Kent is a match against Windward Islands at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday (31 January, 5.30pm GMT).