Kent crushed at Lord's
Middlesex notch up fourth win
Last Updated: 21/06/11 12:23pm
Robson made an unbeaten 94
Middlesex took just 21 minutes to wrap up a nine-wicket victory over Kent on day three of their Division Two encounter at Lord's.
The hosts resumed on 120-1, needing only 47 runs to seal their fourth championship victory of the season.
And opener Sam Robson, who was unbeaten on 59 overnight, together with Dan Housego wasted no time in reaching the target.
Robson finished on 94 not out from 121 balls, including 12 fours and a six, while Housego ended on 13 not out.
The win saw Middlesex keep their promotion bid on track with 19 points, while Kent picked up just three.
Middlesex finished day two against Kent at Lord's needing another 47 runs for victory with nine second-innings wickets still standing.
Set a target of 167, openers Sam Robson and Scott Newman put on 120 to break the back of the chase.
Newman edged behind off Joe Denly's occasional leg-spin for 45 just before the close, which came with Middlesex on 120-1 and Robson 59 not out.
Earlier, Kent extended their first innings from 46-3 to 232 all out to at least give themselves something to bowl at.
The visitors look doomed to a two-day defeat after slipping to 140-9 a last-wicket stand of Azhar Mahmood (50no) and Simon Cook (51) of 92.
Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh took 4-83 to take his match tally to nine, while England paceman Steven Finn, overlooked for the Rose Bowl Test, picked up 3-53.
Middlesex were further boosted by the news they have avoided a points penalty despite an ECB pitch panel marking the Lord's surface, which saw 29 wickets go down before lunch on day two, as "below average".
Steven Finn gave a timely reminder to the England selectors with a strong showing for Middlesex against Kent in the Division Two clash at Lord's.
Finn, who was left out for the third Test against Sri Lanka, took 2-28 as the visitors were bundled out for just 87 in their first innings - Tim Murtagh claiming 5-27 and Corey Collymore 3-24.
Finn - who was overlooked in place of the returning James Anderson at the Rose Bowl - then returned to take the wickets of Kent skipper Rob Key and Sam Northeast in the visitors' second innings.
In between, Middlesex made 153 with former Pakistan paceman Azhar Mahmood claiming 6-36.
Finn's efforts meant Kent closed an action-packed day one on 46-3 - still trailing by 20 runs.
The umpires will have to give an account of the day's dramatic events to the England and Wales Cricket Board, as more than 15 wickets fell on the first day, and an ECB pitch officer will also attend on the second day to investigate the surface.