Hampshire beat Kent in rain-hit t20 match

Friends Life t20, Tunbridge Wells

Hampshire 78-1 beat Kent 58-2 by 20 runs

Match scorecard

Michael Lumb (left) and Jimmy Adams

Lumb (left) and Adams hit 56 runs between them in just two overs

Michael Lumb and Jimmy Adams shared eight sixes off nine balls as Hampshire beat Kent by 20 runs in a rain-hit match limited to five overs apiece.

With the start at Tunbridge Wells delayed by three hours, Hampshire posted 78-1, Lumb smashing 35 off 11 balls, while Adams ended on 33 not out.

Adams hit three sixes in a row before Lumb went one better in the next over.

Kent were then restricted to 58-2, despite Darren Stevens clubbing an unbeaten 45 off 16 balls.

Kent's task was made an uphill one when, in the one over that he was permitted, Simon Jones went for just two runs, taking two wickets in the process.

On his first appearance of the summer, the former England fast was on a hat-trick after removing Rob Key and Joe Denly in successive balls.

Earlier, the run of consecutive sixes by Adams and Lumb came during two overs in which the pair plundered 28 runs in each.

That helped earn a third consecutive win in this season's competition for the holders.

POST-MATCH VERDICT

Kent captain Rob Key:

"Twenty20 is a short game as it is, but five overs is even shorter. You've got to swing every ball.

"They hit sixes. It's the nature of the game in five overs. Fours aren't good enough almost."