Gilchrist stars as Spitfires crash to their third Twenty20 defeat in Canterbury

Thursday 10th June 2010

Martin van Jaarsveld hit 50 from 32 balls in a losing cause

Kent Spitfires v Middlesex Panthers, Friends Provident t20 South Group, Canterbury.

By Mark Pennell

Aussie Test legend and acting Middlesex skipper Adam Gilchrist smashed an amazing 47-ball hundred to ease the Panthers to a comfortable six-wicket Friends Provident t20 win over Kent in Canterbury.
The 38-yearwicketkeeper and left-handed batsman was made the county“s emergency skipper soon after 3pm when Shaun Udal stood down following a team meeting in the St Lawrence dressing rooms.
He responded to the burden by smashing 106 in 68 minutes with nine fours and seven sixes as the visitors cantered home past Kent“s 183 for six to open their South Group win account with an over to spare.
Having won the toss Gilchrist invited Kent to batfirst and took the opening catch to account for Rob Key (1) in the second over.
Second-wicket partners Joe Denly (44) and Martin van Jaarsveld (50) joined forces to add 70 inside eight overs, taking advantage of some undisciplined bowling and a short boundary on the lime tree side of the ground.
Both right-handers clattered seven fours but Denly, when looking to advance and hit Shaun Udal over his head, effectively yorked himself allowing Gilchrist to collect and whip off the bails for a stumping.
Van Jaarsveld raced to a 31-ball half-century but fell to the very next delivery when chipping a Neil Dexter slower ball to Pedro Collins at square-leg.
Spitfires maintained their impetus through Geraint Jones (39) and in-form Darren Stevens (39), who hit a brace of fours and sixes in a five-over partnership worth 58. The stand ended when Stevens swatted the 23rd ball of his stay to long-off.
Azhar Mahmood (5) lost off stump when heaving across the line and Jones danced across his stumps to go lbw to give Collins“ three for 38 haul and set Middlesex an asking rate of 9.2 an over.
After the early loss of David Warner (17), Gilchrist teamed up with former Kent favourite Neil Dexter to bat the hosts out of contention with a stunning second-wicket stand of 104 in nine overs.
After chipping four sixes in his 45 Dexter holed out to deep mid-wicket then, with seven needed for victory, Gilchrist and Eoin Morgan (0) fell, leaving Owais Shah and Dawid Malan to complete the win.