Thursday, 21st September 2006

Middlesex facing innings defeat


Vs: Kent

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Canterbury

Day 2

Middlesex are facing the prospect of an innings defeat at the end of the second day at Canterbury after Kent declared their innings closed at 603-6. Middlesex were 166-4 at close of play, still needing a further 288 runs to avoid the follow on. With the Kent spinners getting some turn, the prospect does not look good for the Middlesex batsmen.

Ben Hutton and Nick Compton got the visitors off to a flying start putting on 40 runs in the first seven overs with Compton forcing six beautifully timed off drives. After Hutton took a single off the third ball of the eighth over, Compton was trapped LBW for 25 by Joseph. Owais Shah joined his captain at the wicket, and he struck Tredwell for three boundaries in the last over before tea, Middlesex going into the break on

Ferley came on to bowl his left arm spin from the pavilion end and in his second over he accounted for Hutton who was bowled playing across the line for 20. Shah and Joyce played watchfully against the spin of Ferley and the seam of Cook and Stevens from the Nackington Road end.

Shah had advanced to 43 when he was bowled by Ferley to leave Middlesex on 124-3. Ed Smith was caught at short leg off Ferley for seven, but Paul Weekes, playing his final match for Middlesex stayed with Joyce to the end of play. Joyce passed the 1,000 run mark in the county championship during his innings.

In the morning, Middlesex took an early wicket when Chris Silverwood took 61st championship wicket of the season when he had Matthew Walker caught at the wicket without adding to his overnight score of 104. Night watchman Ferley hung around for twenty two overs before he was caught close to the wicket off Chris Peploe. Stevens reached his fifty off 58 balls (8 fours) as Kent reached 438-5 at lunch after 137 overs.

Kent pushed on after lunch adding a further 165 runs off 27 overs with Stevens reaching his hundred off 135 balls and finishing 126 not out (17 fours). Jones made 59 off 85 balls before he was LBW to Ed Joyce’s medium pace bowling and Dexter made 35 not out off 30 balls before Kent called a halt to the proceedings.

Chris Silverwood had figures of 3-90 off 34 overs with Chris Peploe’s marathon stint of 50 overs yielding 2-205.

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