Saturday, 25th June 2005

Smith leads the way

FIXTURE

Vs: Kent

Match: T20

Venue: Beckenham

Day 1

Middlesex won their second Twenty20 Cup match with a comfortable 20 run win over Kent at Beckenham.

Electing to bat first, Middlesex were given another good start by Owais Shah and Ed Smith who put on 62 runs for the first wicket in 5.4 overs. This included five penalty runs when the ball hit a helmet behind the keeper in Ferley’s first over which also cost 21 runs off the bat.

Shah was caught having made 31 off 20 balls (1 six and 4 fours) and Scott Styris was stumped off Tredwell shortly afterwards for three.

At the halfway point of the innings, Middlesex had reached 84-2; Jamie Dalrymple hit sixes in successive overs before he was caught off Tredwell for 23. Ed Joyce was bowled for two, but Ed Smith struck two successive sixes van Jaarsveld to reach his fifty (off 41 balls). In the same over Ben Hutton was caught for three.

With five overs remaining Middlesex totalled 128-5; Irfan Pathan scored 11 off six balls, but with Smith taking 12 and 13 off successive overs the last over began with the total on 174-6.

Ed Smith’s fine innings against his former county ended when he was caught for 85 (off 59 balls, with 3 sixes and 8 fours), but Ben Scott scored 14 off the final four deliveries as the innings closed at 189-8.

After 25 runs had come off the first 13 balls, Kent lost van Jaarsveld leg before to Irfan Pathan and Alan Richardson, playing his first Twenty20 match for Middlesex, had Walker caught by Ed Joyce in the next over.

The Kent batting struggled to accelerate against some tidy Middlesex bowling backed by keen fielding. They lost their third wicket at 65 when Scott Styris had Stevens caught at the wicket with the final ball of his first over, and he also accounted for Robert Key in his following over LBW for 7.

After 10 overs the Kent reply had reached only 76 with four wickets down but Hall and Carberry added 45 in four overs before Hall was bowled by Melvyn Betts. Carberry and Kemp were unable to increase the tempo to the required rate and the Kent innings closed with them on 169-5.

Scott Styris took 2-29 off 4 overs, Alan Richardson 1-29 off 4 overs, Irfan Pathan 1-30 off 4 overs, and Melvyn Betts 1-37 off 4 overs.

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