Kashif Ali's century on his List A debut was overshadowed by a magnificent double century from Kent Spitfire's Ollie Robinson as Worcestershire Rapids' Royal London Cup opener ended in defeat. 

The Rapids had posted a very good looking total of 351 on the back of Kashif's excellent 114 and brilliant knocks from both Ed Barnard (79) and Ben Cox (59*).

It looked a tall order for the away side but Robinson produced a stunning display - 24 fours and 6 sixes - that the Rapids' attack had no answer to as he carried his side to a remarkable victory at New Road. 

Robinson was ably assisted in a 204-run partnership by Ben Compton (75) as Kent crossed the line with seven wickets to spare, leaving Worcestershire scratching their heads. 

Having won the toss, it was a disastrous start for the Rapids as they found themselves 36/4.

Ed Pollock (0) was out to the first ball of the day as he edged a Matt Henry delivery to Ben Compton.

Brett D’Oliveira (21) came in to join the returning Azhar Ali at the crease and looked in good touch before Henry had him caught by Joey Evison in the seventh over. 

Ali (8) and Jake Libby (0) went in consecutive overs in the powerplay as the top order were dismantled by Kent to leave them four down.

But then came the decisive partnership as Kashif Ali and Barnard started building the recovery. 

Both took a steady approach to adding runs but the boundaries began to come and the pair brought up their 100 partnership. 

The duo raced on before Barnard (79) eventually fell as Grant Stewart held on to a catch off the bowling of Matthew Quinn. 

But Kashif would not be stopped and from 90 balls, he brought up his first ton in List A cricket, a knock that included 14 fours and 1 six. 

His innings ended on 114 when Quinn took a fantastic catch but any thoughts of Kent taking the remaining wickets in quick succession were halted by a 74-run partnership between Cox and Leach. 

Leach raced to 48 off just 28 balls before he fell to Quinn but that only proceeded Cox racking up the runs with some big sixes and a handful of fours. 

Josh Baker went for a couple but Pennington clubbed one over the ropes and Cox stood firm to see the hosts to the end of the innings on 351/8. 

Despite the big total, Kent came out firing and despite losing opener Joey Evison (19) early on, Compton and Robinson took the game to Worcestershire.

The pair established a century partnership and took the score to 120/1 after 20 overs. 
They then accelerated and Worcestershire could not find the breakthrough as the partnership ticked over 200. 

Compton went in the 33rd over but it made no difference as a near perfect display from Robinson saw Kent cruise to victory by seven wickets.