Heino Kuhn showed his enduring value by slamming 90 for Kent in an ultimately futile chase of Middlesex’s 313 in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Kuhn, who signed a Kolpak deal this year after being told by Cricket South Africa that they were no longer interested in him, struck six fours and two sixes among the 92 balls he faced as he led the fightback.
He shared partnerships of 57 with Adam Rouse (34) and 71 with Calum Haggett (31), but played on off the bowling of Tom Helm when Kent were 241-8. It was a bridge too far and Kent went down by 70 runs.
Colin Ingram, the Warriors player who has been out of action since the Pakistan Premier League in March, also had a good day out batting, but also in a losing cause as Glamorgan went down to Somerset by 83 runs.
He went to 85 off 70 balls with eight fours and two sixes, trying to raise the momentum.
Marchant de Lange contributed the next-best score of 40 off 28 balls, with two fours and two sixes, which may have helped assuage his bowling performance: he went for 90 runs off eight overs, but at least he did manage to dismiss James Hildreth, who top-scored for Somerset with 159.
Perhaps he is reinventing himself as a batsman of note: he has already scored 50 (not out) and 90 in the first-class game for Glamorgan.
Simon Harmer, who has been nominated for the Sunfoil Cricketer of the Season award for his work with the Warriors, put in an honest day’s work, but he too ended up on the losing side when Essex went down by four wickets to Gloucestershire.
He scored an unbeaten 34 off 26 balls – containing two fours and a six – helping to take Essex from 197-6 after 40 overs to a more challenging 287-7, alongside Ashar Zaidi, who top-scored with 80. He followed that up with two wickets for 60 in his 10 overs.