Alviro Petersen fought a lone battle, scoring his first T20 ton, as Lancashire were beaten by Leicestershire in the Natwest T20 Blast.
He carried his bat through to score a brilliant 103 off 52 balls with 10 fours and four sixes, as Lancashire chased a formidable total of 208 to win. The trouble was, no one apart from Steven Croft (36 off 25) had the legs to run with him and they fell 10 runs short. Petersen smashed the last ball of the innings for four to reach his new milestone.
Three days ago Petersen top-scored with 79, but with little support as Lancs went down to Derbyshire.
The Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport, who has had an inconsistent time since joining Leicestershire in June for the Blast, came good with a powerful 68 off 35 balls, with six sixes and two fours, He and Mark Pettini put on 140 for the second wicket in just 12.1 overs.
When Delport top-edged a catch in the 36th over, it was left to Farhaan Behardien (13 off 10) to take the total past 200.
Kagiso Rabada was the most economical of the Kent bowlers, taking 1-31 off his four overs, but he featured more prominently on the scorecard for taking the catches which dismissed the Surrey openers.
Surrey would have felt reasonably comfortable at 180-8, after the Durban-born Jason Roy led the way with 52 off 29 (5×4, 4×6), aided by Chris Morris, next best with 25 off 15 (2×4, 1×6) before he was run out.
But they could not contain Daniel Bell-Drummond, who smashed an unbeaten 112 off 65 balls (14×4, 1×6) and carried Kent to an eight-wicket victory with two balls remaining
Rory Kleinveldt was back in action for the first time since early June, but his day out ended in disappointment as Northants were beaten by Durham by eight wickets.
Kleinveldt was one of the better batsmen, scoring 23 off 15 in a total of 149, in which Richard Levi was bowled first ball and did well to take 1-30 off four. But Durham were untroubled, with Keaton Jennings contributing 36 off 24.