Brendan Nash knock helps Kent to win at Gloucestershire
County Championship Division Two, Cheltenham
Kent 389-5 dec & 411-8 beat Gloucestershire 562-5 dec & 237-1 dec,
Gloucestershire 5pts, Kent 21pts
Brendan Nash retired ill but not before a knock of 199 helped Kent to a two wicket win against Gloucestershire.
Having set Kent a target of 411 with declaration on day three, Glos started well when Will Gidman's second ball of the day snared Sam Northeast.
Kent rallied after, Rob Key hitting 42, but it was Nash who carried the innings before exiting at 390-7.
With just 14 balls remaining Callum Haggett hit a four to seal victory from Craig Miles's delivery.
The teenager ended with 4-72, while Gidman and Benny Howell both ended with two apiece.
It was Kent's first Division Two win of the campaign.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Kent skipper James Tredwell told BBC Radio Kent:
"Brendan Nash's commitment to the club is superb. He trains hard, works hard and has done a real job for us today.
"He had nothing left in the tank playing in that heat, but he got us so close to the line."
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:
"What drama! A target of 411 was daunting enough but Kent stuck to their task, pacing their innings perfectly to win by two wickets.
It was not without it's scare as two early wickets fell. But Brendan Nash played superbly and it was only the 30 degree heat that defeated him having to retire with sunstroke one run short of a deserved double century and Kent 21 runs short of victory.
"The tail did the job though although there were more than a few nerves a-jangling amongst Kent supporters. What a way to get the first county championship win of the season!