Friday, 22nd September 2006

Rain delays start

FIXTURE

Vs: Kent

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Canterbury

Day 3

Rain delayed the start of the third day’s play at Canterbury until 3.30pm and in the 45 overs bowled, Middlesex advanced their first innings to 325-8 with Ed Joyce just missing out on what would have been a well deserved hundred.

Middlesex still need a further 129 runs to avoid the follow on, but although the wicket continues to take spin, Middlesex still have hopes of avoiding defeat. The two captains did have a discussion about 45 minutes before the close of play regarding the state of the match, but nothing is evident so far.

When play did start, Kent opted for the seam bowling of Cook and Joseph rather than the spinners. Joyce reached his fifty off 94 balls with his eighth boundary before Paul Weekes was caught at slip off Joseph for 35.

David Nash was soon into his stride, reaching a fifty off just 46 balls with ten boundaries, whilst Ed Joyce continued accumulating. Denly, with his occasional leg breaks replaced Ferley at the pavilion end, and with the last ball of his first over won an LBW appeal against Nash when the batsman had made 64. His partnership with Joyce had added 107 runs for the sixth wicket.

Chris Peploe lasted 19 balls before he hit Ferley to mid-on, and Ed Joyce, on his 28th birthday, was disappointingly out one run short of a fourth championship hundred of the season when he fell to a magnificent catch at slip by Van Jaarsveld off the following ball bowled by Tredwell (off 202 balls, 10 fours).

The two new batsmen, Louw and Wright survived the remaining eleven balls as Middlesex closed on 325-8.

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