County Championship: Kent need 52 more runs to beat Middlesex at Lord's

Kent congratulate Darren Stevens on wicket
Darren Stevens (centre) took 3-46 on the day he extended his Kent contract by another year
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Lord's (day two):
Middlesex 161 & 186: Robson 36, Malan 32; Henry 4-40, Stevens 3-46
Kent 192: Stevens 64, Stewart 63; Fuller 4-49 & 104-4: Dickson 32, Bell-Drummond 27*
Kent (3 pts) need 52 more runs to beat Middlesex (3 pts)
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Kent need just 52 more runs to beat Middlesex at Lord's and boost their Division Two promotion chances.

Kent took a 31-run lead after adding six runs in the morning to finish on 192 in reply to Middlesex's 161.

Matt Henry then took 4-40 to take his wickets tally to 66 as Middlesex made just 186 in their second innings.

Kent's chase of 156 wobbled at 57-4 before Daniel Bell-Drummond (27 not out) and Heino Kuhn (26 not out) steered them to 104-4 at stumps.

Middlesex fast bowler Ethan Bamber:

"I made my first-team club debut with Joe Denly, which I'm sure he won't remember, and I watched Heino Kuhn play Test cricket here for South Africa last summer.

"To be playing against them both this year is incredibly cool. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but feel really fortunate that it's gone so we'll this far.

"It's the sort of pitch that's doing a bit and there's a temptation to get giddy and chase wickets. But I was just trying to smash my line and length, keep it simple and tight and make them play forward."

Kent captain Sam Billings told BBC Radio Kent:

"The job's definitely not done yet. Batting looked pretty comfortable up until lunch today and then all of a sudden, in the space of two overs with Nick Gubbins and Dawid Malan falling quickly, it changed.

"It doesn't take much to be on the back foot again. Heino and Daniel batted well towards the end there and were busy running between the wickets and made it difficult for bowlers to settle in.

"It's just a really odd game of cricket to be totally honest."

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