Wednesday, 29th June 2005

Second win over Kent keeps hopes alive


Vs: Kent

Match: T20

Venue: Uxbridge

Day 1

Middlesex kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Twenty20 Cup alive with a six wicket win over Kent at Uxbridge.

After winning the toss, Kent lost Matthew Walker to the second ball of their innings, caught by Nick Compton off the bowling of Irfan Pathan.

Only 30 runs were scored off the first five overs, and Scott Styris came on and with his second delivery, bowled Kemp. Chris Peploe then took the wickets of Stevens for 9, Hall 13 and Carberry for 36, to finish with 3-35 off his four overs and leave Kent on 88-5 with 7 overs remaining.

Jamie Dalrymple struck twice in his final over, having Robert Key magnificently caught by the diving Ben Hutton, and van Jaarsveld caught in the deep.

James Tredwell with 33 not out saw the visitors to 144-8 at the close of their innings. All the Middlesex bowlers did well off their allocation of four overs, Scott Styris 1-16, Irfan Pathan 1-23, Jamie Dalrymple 2-26, and Melvyn Betts 1-37.

Middlesex lost an early wicket when Ed Smith was caught at slip for six, but with the threat of thundery showers, Jamie Dalrymple scored 21 off 19 balls to keep them up to the required run rate. Scott Styris was caught for four, but Ed Joyce and Owais Shah took the Middlesex reply to 73 before Joyce was stumped off the last ball of the tenth over.

At the halfway point, Shah had only received 15 balls in scoring 21 runs, but with Ben Hutton, provided the necessary acceleration to see Middlesex home without further loss with sixteen balls to spare.

Owais Shah finished 59 not out (off 38 balls, 2 sixes and 6 fours), and Ben Hutton 27 not out (off 21 balls, 2 sixes and 1 four).

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