Wednesday, 20th July 2005

Middlesex Seconds lose out in run feast with Kent

FIXTURE

Vs: Kent Second XI

Venue: Mote Park, Maidstone

Day 1-3

Middlesex seconds, in their opening Second Eleven Championship three day match met Kent at Mote Park, Maidstone on Wednesday July 20th. On winning the toss they batted and had reached 173 1 just after lunch when Billy Godleman was run out for 84. They had reached 279-5 when Johnny Nambair went for 113 just after tea, from here Chris Wright and wicketkeeper Aaron Thomas put on 115 unbroken for the 6th wicket enabling Middlesex to declare on 394-5, with Wright finishing on 90 not out and Thomas on 30 not out.

In the 6 overs remaining in the day, Kent had reached 10-0 by the close. On the second morning they were soon in trouble with both openers gone on 16-2 with Paul Hutchison and Steven Finn sharing the wickets when James Tredwell skied a catch to Eion Morgan off Chris Wright for 38 they were in trouble at 103-3. At this point Rob Ferley was joined by Neil Dexter these two then put on 231 unbroken for the 4th wicket, which enabled Kent to declare on 334-3 at Tea 60 behind. Rob Ferley finished on 143 not out and Neil Dexter on a maiden century of 117 not out.

In the 32 overs remaining in the day Middlesex had increased their lead to by 136 as they reached 76-2 by the close. On the final morning they were soon in trouble on 105-4 with Nick Compton gone for 49. Kent had reduced them to 198-9 just after lunch despite 72 from Chris Wright when Middlesex had to declare due to an injury to Steven Finn and set Kent 259 to win from a minimum of 61 overs. Their demise was mainly due to Martin Saggers who took 3-65 and Alamgir Sheriyar with 3-37.

They where slight in trouble on 82-2 just after tea when Rob Ferley joined James Tredwell and these two took the score to 201 for 3 in the 50th when Tredwell went for 99. Middlesex recovered slightly from here, despite their young bowling attack, when Chris Wright took 2 wickets in two balls including Ferley for 63 with score on 253-5.

Also from here they managed to stop Kent being victorious until the last ball of the match when Neil Dexter hit a single off Chris Wright to win the match as Kent finished on 259-5 to win by 5 wickets. However, it was not all plain sailing for Kent as they were docked two points for a slow over rate. Neil Dexter finished on 39 not out and Chris Wright on 2-78.

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