One-Day Cup: Max Holden hammers Middlesex record score in win over Kent
|Royal London One-Day Cup, The Spitfire Ground|
|Middlesex 380-5 (50 overs): Holden 166, Taylor 94, Gubbins 49|
|Kent 347 (48.5 overs): Crawley 120, Renshaw 49, Blake 43; Harris 4-65|
|Middlesex (2 pts) beat Kent by 33 runs|
Max Holden registered a new Middlesex record List A score of 166 at Canterbury to help his side beat Kent, clinch second place in South Group and earn a One-Day Cup home semi-final.
Holden shared a third-wicket stand of 191 with New Zealand Test batman Ross Taylor, who made 94 as Middlesex made 380-5, also a county List A record.
Zak Crawley then hit 120 as last year's finalists made a spirited reply.
But Kent fell just short, bowled out in the 49th over for 347.
After two previous good stabs this season (366-8 against Essex on 19 April and 364-7 v Somerset last Wednesday), Middlesex this time succeeded in piling up their highest List A score in the 56 years of English one-day cricket.
They plundered 21 off the last over, bowled by Matt Milnes, to beat the 367-6 they posted against Sussex at Hove four years ago.
Kent's Matt Renshaw (49) and Alex Blake (43) both weighed in with supporting knocks to Crawley's first List A century.
But they eventually fell short to ensure a home semi-final for Middlesex against Lancashire, who finished third in North Group.
Quarter-finals (Friday, 10 May)
Worcestershire v Somerset (11:00 BST)
Middlesex v Lancashire (13:00 BST)
Semi-finals (Sunday, 12 May)
Nottinghamshire v Worcestershire or Somerset (11:00 BST)
Hampshire v Middlesex or Lancashire (11:30 BST)
Final (Saturday, 25 May)
Semi-final winner 1 v Semi-final winner 2 (11:00 BST)
Middlesex centurion Max Holden:
"Obviously I'm pleased to get runs myself, but always the most important thing is to win. We knew we probably needed to win to go through to the next round so it's a really happy changing room.
"We weren't really aware of the results elsewhere. But we're really looking forward to Friday now.
"This result will stand us in good stead because we all stood up, coped with the pressure and got over the line."
Kent centurion Zak Crawley:
"I was very annoyed when I got out because we had more than nine overs left and I felt that I could still have had a big impact on the game by getting us close to 380.
"You don't get the chance to do that very often so, while I was pleased with my first List A hundred, I was gutted to get out how and when I did.
"They batted very well, Matt Holden was brilliant. You cannot afford to make mistakes when you're chasing that sort of total down. Sadly, we made a couple of errors, mine being one of them. Everyone got out playing aggressive shots, but that's how it had to be."