Long overdue Key ton downs Tykes

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Kent captain Rob Key scored his first one-day hundred in four years to help secure a 30-run win over Yorkshire at Canterbury that took the hosts to the top of Clydesdale Bank Group C.

Key anchored his side’s innings with a battling century from 107 balls as Spitfires posted a challenging total of 226 for five after losing the toss.

The former England batsman featured in an opening stand worth 41 that ended when Sam Billings lifted his back foot allowing Dan Hodgson to pull off a sharp stumping stood up to the wickets.

Sam Northeast then starred in an attractive second-wicket stand with Key that added 70 in 13.2 overs until, with the home score on 111, Northeast drove on the up to Carnegie captain Andrew Gale at short extra cover.

Key moved smoothly to a 65-ball 50 with four fours and a six - his first in the competition this summer - and then joined forces with Kent dangerman Darren Stevens, currently lying second in the CB40 MVP rankings to Somerset’s Peter Trego. The third-wicket partners added71.