Wednesday, 20th September 2006

Middlesex lose another toss


Vs: Kent

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Canterbury

Day 1

Middlesex lost the toss in their final Liverpool Victoria County Championship match of the season, against Kent at Canterbury.

In glorious autumn sunshine, the Kent openers Fulton and Denly put on 123 runs for the first wicket before they were parted just before lunch. Denly had been in particularly fine form reaching his fifty off 86 balls (1 six & 8 fours) before he was bowled by Chris Silverwood for 66.

Fulton reached his fifty in the second over after lunch (off 103 balls, 5 fours) but Van Jaarsveld was out shortly afterwards, caught at slip off Chris Peploe for two. Matthew Walker hit the first ball he faced for a boundary and looked in fine form. Nick Compton, fielding at short leg felt the full force of a Walker pull shot and was struck a sickening blow on his fielding helmet; he left the field immediately and took no further part in the day’s play.

The Middlesex spinners, Peploe and Weekes bowled most of the afternoon apart from a six over burst from Silverwood, and did get some slow turn from the wicket. Walker reached a fifty off 77 balls (10 fours) and Fulton in his 200th first class match reached his hundred (off 204 balls, 9 fours). At tea the pair had added 118 runs for the third wicket as Kent went into the interval on 256-2.

After tea, Middlesex continued with the spin of Weekes and Peploe after an opening burst from Louw and Wright failed to make a breakthrough. Fulton reached his 150 off 283 balls (17 fours) and his partnership with Walker had reached 196 at which point Middlesex took the new ball after 98 overs.

With the last delivery of the opening over of the new ball, Chris Silverwood had David Fulton caught at cover for 155 (off 292 balls, 18 fours). Ferley came in as a ‘night watch-man’ with twenty minutes remaining to help see Walker to his hundred which he reached two overs before the close of play. Walker was 104 not out at the close of play - Walker’s hundred coming off 202 balls (14 fours). Kent were 353-3 at the close off 105 overs.

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