Middlesex beat Kent despite rain

Friends Life t20, Uxbridge

Middlesex 79-1 beat Kent 149-3 by 28 runs (D/L method)

Match scorecard

Middlesex secured a 28-run Duckworth-Lewis victory against Kent on a rainhit night at Uxbridge.

Joe Denly's unbeaten 81 was the cornerstone of a modest Kent innings as they reached 149-3 from 20 overs.

In reply, Middlesex made rapid progress, Paul Stirling's 51 not out guiding them to 79-1 from eight overs before rain forced the teams off.

No further play was possible but Middlesex secured the victory as a result of their superior run-rate.

That was just reward for 20-year-old Stirling, who demonstrated some ferocious hitting in racing to 51 off just 23 balls.

He struck four sixes and five fours in an innings to secure only Middlesex's second FL t20 win of the season.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"Kent got off to a sticky start with the loss of early wickets but Joe Denly and Martin van Jaarsveld appeared to have posted a testing target, with a partnership that accelerated impressively towards the end.

"However Paul Stirling made the Kent total look as small as the Uxbridge boundaries. His three sixes were hit out of the ground, and it was the destructive innings that Middlesex had craved in their first eight matches.

"Scott Newman also chipped in with a useful cameo as the pair kept Middlesex comfortably ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par score throughout the eight overs of their innings that were possible before the match eventually succumbed to the rain that had been falling since the 18th over of the Kent innings."