Middlesex vs Kent

Match info: t20 South Group at Uxbridge Cricket Ground - South Group

Date: 7th Jul 2013 Umpires: P J Hartley and G D Lloyd

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Middlesex

142/1 (15.4 Overs)

Result

Kent

140/6 (20.0 Overs)

Middlesex win by 9 wickets

  • Last Updated: July 7 2013, 18:38 BST

Former England Under-19 wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rossington smashed a competition-best 74 as Middlesex cruised to a nine-wicket Friends Life t20 win over lacklustre Kent in Uxbridge with 27 balls remaining.

Adam Rossington: Scored 74 runs
Adam Rossington: Scored 74 runs

Kent, disappointing with the bat and lacking penetration with the ball, slid to their fourth successive defeat and now look highly unlikely to qualify for the knock-out stages after this latest mauling by the Panthers.

Middlesex, meanwhile, now have three wins from five in the South Division.

In pursuit of Kent's below-par total of 140 for six, Middlesex made light of the 7.05 an over asking rate as Dawid Malan got them off to a flying start by driving two boundaries in Vernon Philander's opening over.

Fellow opener Rossington, 20, joined in the fun by top-edging a six over the keeper's head in Philander's second over, and then by taking four boundaries in an over from the South African's replacement Darren Stevens.

At the end of their six powerplay overs Middlesex had already raced to 58 without loss.

Rossington pulled a Matt Coles bouncer for six and drove the next, a length ball, on the up to the extra cover ropes to post his maiden t20 half-century from 28 balls with seven fours and three sixes.

His luck ran out on 74 when, in attempting to reverse sweep James Tredwell, he dragged the ball onto his stumps to go for a career-best score.

The dismissal ended an opening stand worth 103 with Malan who carried his bat for an unbeaten 31 to see the Panthers home in tandem with Joe Denly (33 not out).

Batting first after losing the toss, Kent also lost both their opening batsman in the first 20 balls of the game.

Rob Key ballooned a simple catch to mid-off when working to leg against Toby Roland-Jones then Sam Northeast miscued an attempted pull against Kyle Mills to pick out Neil Dexter at mid-on.

Twenty20 veteran Stevens and rookie Sam Billings joined forces to help Kent regroup and post the visitors' 50 within seven overs.

Stevens then clubbed Ravi Patel for six over mid-wicket, but the young left-arm spinner gained instant revenge by having the batsman held at long on by Malan for 25.

Billings (22) followed six balls later to make it 67 for four when he nicked an attempted run down to third man against Dexter into the gloves of Rossington.

Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, making his FLt20 season's debut having been rested for Kent's opening three games, chipped in with 22 from 21 balls before dragging a pull shot onto his own leg stump to give Roland-Jones figures of two for 19 .

Kent finally reached three figures after 14.3 overs as Middlesex dropped catches to gift lives to both Alex Blake and Philander, but the South African failed to cash in when he holed out to Adam Voges at deep mid-wicket to go for eight.

The Panthers completed a poor display of ground fielding when Dexter dropped Coles in Mills's final over of the innings.

Blake clattered the last ball for four to top score for Spitfires with 37 from 34 balls, but Kent's total and batting performance overall still proved woefully inadequate.


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