Darren Stevens stars again by three wickets as Middlesex shorts by 16
Kent Won 178 to 8 (Tilt 64, Cox 64, Green 5-32) Middlesex 162 to 8 (Holman 51, Stevens 3-32) in 16 runs
Middlesex’s decision to participate after winning the toss initially seemed justified when Blake Cullen wicketed the wicket with the last two of the third, having been hit by 13 of the previous four by Daniel Bell-Drummond, before the Kent captain skipped the ball. Fifth and was captured by Eoin Morgan halfway for 15.
Joe Denley hit the next ball and fell in front of John Simpson’s dive for 10 and the next time Ole Robinson overtook Stephen Finn and was caught in the back for 8, leaving Kent at a modest 42 for 3 at the end of the powerplay.
Green had Alex Blake stumbled wide for a six, but Cox and Leaning responded with a clever 123 stance, featuring clever sprints between wickets and timely acceleration that saw the last five increments produce 64 strokes.
The Green Finals saw Cox caught by Max Holden, twos, sixs and threes. Leaning is captured by Morgan, Darren Stevens stops his first delivery and Milnes is captured by Bamber.
Middlesex’s response got off to a disastrous start. Stevie Eskinazi was caught behind Denly for 4 years and Paul Stirling skated on James Logan’s first delivery to Blake for a duck. Holden got the bottom edge of Stevens and was caught for 10, Simpson played a horrific shot to Leaning and Cox caught it for 4, and Eoin Morgan cut Stevens to Bell-Drummond and was out for 27.
Stevens then tossed the green for 16, and although Nathan Sutter offered some late resistance with an unbeaten 31, when Holman was caught by Fred Klasen by Blake off the last ball in the penultimate round, he left Middlesex needing 25 of Six, a task that finally proved beyond that. them when Colin hid in Mills and Blake held him for 4 years