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Day 4 of 4
Kent won by 10 wickets.

Middlesex vs Kent

Kent close in on title

Dexter heroics fail to save Middlesex from defeat

Tredwell: leading wicket taker in Division Two with 65

LV County Championship - Division Two
Kent 652-7 dec (D I Stevens 208, J M Kemp 138 no, M van Jaarsveld 86, S A Northeast 84) & 36-0 v Middlesex 356 (N J Dexter 146, G K Berg 67) & 326 (N J Dexter 118, D J Malan 80)
Kent (22pts) beat Middlesex (5pts) by 10 wkts

Kent completed a 10-wicket victory over Middlesex on the final day at Uxbridge to move a step nearer to the Division Two title.

Middlesex, who had followed on 298 behind on day three, resumed at 89-3 in their second innings on the fourth morning.

Neil Dexter, playing against his former employers, added his second century of the match as Middlesex at least made Kent bat again.

Dexter was eventually out for 118, one of three victims for off-spinner James Tredwell, to bring an end to a 202-run, fourth-wicket stand with Dawid Malan (80).

Spin duo Tredwell (3-82) and Rob Ferley (3-73) shared six wickets as Middlesex were eventually all out for 326 to leave Kent chasing a victory target of 31, which was knocked off in 5.1 overs by openers Sam Northeast (19no) and Rob Key (17no).

Kent picked up 22 points for the win and now lead the Division Two table by 36 points with two rounds remaining.

Day three

Kent continued their march towards the Division Two title by making bottom county Middlesex follow-on at Uxbridge.

Neil Dexter's career-best 146 against his former county couldn't prevent Middlesex being bowled out for 356 in reply to their opponents' massive first-innings total of 652-7 declared.

Resuming on the third morning on 109-4, the hosts lost John Simpson (18) early on before Dexter and Gareth Berg shared a sixth-wicket stand worth 119.

Eventually the pair were parted and after four-and-a-half hours at the crease Dexter became the final wicket to fall in the innings having hit 14 fours and two sixes.

Asked to bat again, Middlesex were soon in trouble when they slumped to 33-3, Simon Cook dismissing Nick Compton and Dan Housego after Azhar Mahmood had removed Adam London for a second-ball duck.

However Dexter once again proved a thorn in Kent's side, making an unbeaten 39 to help share a partnership of 66 with Dawid Malan (16 not out) for the fourth wicket.

Day two

Middlesex are staring at defeat against the Division Two leaders Kent with two days of the match still remaining.

Darren Stevens equalled his career-best score of 208 for the visitors on day two and Justin Kemp remained unbeaten on 138 when they declared on 652-7 at 2.30pm.

Their partnership of 228 is a new Kent fifth-wicket record against Middlesex, while the total is their highest against their opponents in a first-class match and also the highest first-class score made at Park Road.

Stevens hit 34 fours before he departed chopping on trying to cut Dawid Malan, while Kemp struck 15 fours and two sixes in a more rapid-fire innings.

Following the declaration, Middlesex openers Nick Compton and Adam London reached tea but Kent soon exerted a stranglehold with ball as well as bat.

London fell lbw to James Tredwell just after tea before Azhar Mahmood took out Compton's off-stump.

Tredwell also pinned Malan before Azhar repeated the trick with another member of Middlesex's inexperienced upper order, Dan Housego.

Day one

Darren Stevens led the way for Kent with 129 not out as the Division Two leaders moved a step closer to promotion at Uxbridge.

In a top v bottom battle, struggling Middlesex saw their bowlers put to the sword on day one, as Kent reached the close on 390-4.

Stevens was the star turn, hitting his third ton of the LV County Championship campaign. The right-hander ended up on 129 not out at the end of play.

Martin van Jaarsveld contributed 86 in a 193-run stand for the fourth wicket that was eventually ended shortly before the close by Steven Finn.

Kent had been given the perfect start by a solid first-wicket partnership of 116 before skipper Rob Key was caught and bowled by Chris Silverwood to depart for 46.

Opening partner Sam Northeast continued on, though, the talented 19-year-old hitting 12 fours in his knock of 84, just three runs shy of matching his career-best effort.

Match Details

9th - 12th Sep 2009
T E Jesty and J W Holder


Batsman R
Northeast not out 19
Key not out 17
Extras 0
Total Close, 5.1 Overs 36 - 0
Full Batting Card

middlesex BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Murtagh 2 0 16 0
Silverwood 2 0 11 0
London 1 0 3 0
Housego 0.1 0 6 0
Full Bowling Card