Miserly Adam Milne takes five for Kent in Twenty20 win

Kiwi quick Adam Milne starred for his English side Kent.
Martin Hunter

Kiwi quick Adam Milne starred for his English side Kent.

An incredible spell from Kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne propelled Kent to a win in the English Twenty20 competition overnight.

Milne has only come back from a two-week layoff with a thigh injury, but there weren't any signs of problems as Milne fired up in Kent's latest match.

He took 5-11 from 3.5 overs, his best figures for the club, as Kent beat Somerset by six wickets at Taunton on Sunday morning (NZ Time) and he bowled 15 dot balls, including a maiden.

Milne, who recently snuck back to New Zealand for Black Caps team-mate Trent Boult's wedding, didn't appear to be bowling at full pace, but still bowled two of his victims.

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Another New Zealand bowler starred in the match in Jimmy Neesham, who picked up 2-43 for Kent, including the wicket of South African batsman Dean Elgar.

James Hildreth, one of Milne's victims, top scored for Somerset with 36.

Kent then reached 151-4 in 18.2 overs as Joe Denly scored 33 and Sam Billings scored 56. Neesham was unbeaten on 15.

The win keeps Kent in with a shot of reaching the T20 Blast quarterfinals.

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Kent captain Sam Northeast praised Milne on the club's website.

"Adam Milne's performance completely turned the game on its head," Northeast said. "To come here and get 5-11 on this wicket is an unbelievable effort.

"He's the X factor we've been missing in this competition, 90mph bowling is great to call on as a captain. The powerplay has been our downfall in recent matches and we got a few wickets [on Sunday].

"It was a brilliant catch from Neesham to remove Davies and the wicket of Hildreth was key for us too."

In the other game, New Zealand's Luke Ronchi smoked 57 from 27 balls, hitting three sixes and seven fours, as Leicestershire beat Yorkshire by four wickets at Leicester.

Colin Ackermann scored 58 not out from 47 balls, as Leicestershire reached 183-6 in 19.4 overs to chase down Yorkshire's 182-5.

It was also a successful week for Black Caps opener Tom Latham, who scored runs for Durham in the T20 Blast and the County Championship division two.

Latham scored 124 for Durham in their drawn four-day game against Leicestershire, putting on an opening stand of 234 with Cameron Steel, who scored 224 as Durham racked up 525-8 declared.

Latham then top scored scored with 62 from 40 balls in the T20 Blast as they beat Worcestershire by 13 runs.

Latham hit two sixes and seven fours in Durham's total of 165-5, before they restricted Worcestershire to 152-5.


 - Stuff

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