Promotion-chasing Middlesex suffer defeat by Kent

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Kent 242 & 332 beat Middlesex 303 & 202 by 69 runs
Kent 20pts, Middlesex 6pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Kent upset promotion-chasing Middlesex with a surprise 69-run final day victory at Canterbury.

Resuming on 292-6, Kent reached 322, leaving Azhar Mahmood stranded on 92.

But, set 272 to win, Middlesex's batsmen failed as they slumped to 51-5, three of them bagging ducks, including a first baller for Dawid Malan.

Jamie Dalrymple led a rearguard action with an unbeaten 108 but, after Darren Stevens (4-52) had done the damage, Middlesex fell well short on 202.

Spinner James Tredwell finished it off with the final two wickets.

Middlesex remain second but have lost ground on leaders Northants, who they place next at Wantage Road starting on Tuesday.

And they face a new threat from resurgent Glamorgan, who they still have to play in their penultimate game.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent completed a professional performance with an outstanding victory. On several occasions during the four days, Middlesex fought back and every time an individual rose to the challenge.

"Today Darren Stevens' three wickets in four balls crushed all hopes of a Middlesex win and Adam Ball's two wickets in two balls prised apart a resolute rearguard.

"Jamie Dalrymple's century was a magnificent knock, shepherding the tail and controlling the strike expertly but his heroics were in vain when he ran out of partners."