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MATCH REPORT | KENT V MIDDLESEX

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MATCH REPORT | KENT V MIDDLESEX

Match report provided by the ECB Reporters Network.


Kent have won the LV= Insurance County Championship Division Three title after a morning of high drama at Canterbury, where they beat Middlesex by two wickets.

Kent finished on 375 for eight, but they were in trouble early on after Toby Roland-Jones brilliantly ran out Tawanda Muyeye for 89.

They also lost Darren Stevens for 14, before Marcus O’Riordan and Grant Stewart revived them with a stand of 48 and Matt Milnes hit the winning runs.

Kent began day four on 275 for five, needing another 98 to win and as the batsmen walked out a member in the Knott-Underwood stand yelled: “You were seeing it like a football yesterday TS, good luck,” at Muyeye.

Middlesex had dragged themselves back into a game that had been drifting away from them when Murtagh had dismissed centurion Ollie Robinson with the final ball on day three, but Kent made steady progress at the start and added 20 runs before Muyeye chased a single and was halfway down the wicket. He was sent back by Stevens and run out by a direct hit from Toby Roland-Jones, who had barely a stump to aim at.

A visibly distraught Muyeye trudged back to the pavilion and Stevens was then caught by a diving Sam Robson at second slip, after edging Roland-Jones.

At that point Kent were 310 for seven but O’Riordan and Stewart took them to within 16 of victory when the former edged Martin Andersson for 26 and was caught at second slip by Robson.

As the tension mounted Kent scrambled a single and a shy at the stumps went for four overthrows. Stewart survived a loud appeal for caught behind off Andersson and hit the next ball for four to reduce the target to two.

Kent secured the title when Milnes steered Roland-Jones to third man, giving them 19 points and Middlesex three, leaving the visitors as runners-up.

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