England One-Day Cup 2018
King Kuhn sends Kent into decider
South African makes fourth hundred in five matches to help his side to terrific semi-final win over Worcestershire
18 June 2018, 05:16 AM AEST
South African batsman Heino Kuhn has continued his remarkable run of form, hitting a fourth hundred in five innings to guide Kent into the final of England's one-day domestic cup.
Kuhn, the tournament's leading run-scorer with 664 runs at 94.85, anchored his team's run chase against Worcestershire, making a brilliant 127 (118) as his side chased down 307 with two wickets and two balls to spare.
The 34-year-old was out in the final over with four runs still required, however tailender Harry Podmore finished the job with a four over cover.
"It's definitely one of the better centuries I've scored," Kuhn told BBC. "I'm happy to have contributed for the team, to get us to the semis and to Lord's.
"We lost a couple of early wickets and that made it tough for me to get going but 'Rousey' (Adam Rouse, 70) came in and played a great knock, and 'Blakey' (Alex Blake, 61) played a phenomenal innings.
"I was well broken when I got out – it was my job to take us through and to get out at that stage, I was in tears.
"I said when I signed here that I want to win trophies and everyone in that changing room is the same. Come Lord's, we will be up for it."
Kent will face the winners of Monday's other semi-final between Hampshire and Yorkshire.
Kuhn debuted for the Proteas in the T20 format back in 2009 but only has another six caps since, while last year he forced his way into the Test squad, playing four times without making much of an impact before he was discarded.
But he has been a revelation for Kent in the 50-over format this northern summer, stringing together scores of 90, 22, 25no, 36no, 117, 113, 4, 124no and 127 in his past nine innings.
The final of the tournament will be played on Saturday, June 30 at Lord's.