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Kent declare on record total against Middlesex

Wednesday 9th September 2009

Justin Kemp finished unbaten on 133

Middlesex v Kent LV County Championship Division 2, Day 2 Uxbridge.
By Mark Pennell
JUSTIN KEMP hit his second century of the summer as Kent amassed their second highest championship total of all time in reaching 652 for seven declared against Middlesex in Uxbridge
In tandem with Darren Stevens, who equalled his career-best score of 208, Kemp helped post a Kent record fifth-wicket stand worth 228 in 48 overs beating the county“s previous best set by Brian Luckhurst and Asif Iqbal at Canterbury in 1971.
Resuming on their first day total of 390 for four, Kent“s fifth-wicket pairing extended their stand beyond lunch and through to the 136th over before Middlesex finally saw the back of Stevens.
Kemp had raised their double-century stand with a pulled six into the car park off the leg-spin of Dawid Malan that also took Kemp to his own ton from 141 balls with 15 fours to go with the six.
Stevens had reached his second career double hundred from 249 balls and with 34 fours but, when level his career-best scored against Glamorgan in Canterbury four years ago, he chopped on when making room to cut against Malan to make it 577 for five.
Kemp and James Tredwell (19) took Kent into the 600s before Tredwell“s mis-timed drive against Shaun Udal was easily held at cover by his former Kent team-mate Neil Dexter but not before Kent beat their previous best total against Middlesex of 603 for six declared scored at St Lawrence in 2006.
Kemp then teamed up with Azhar Mahmood to further increase the run-rate, though Mahmood should have gone for three when Nick Compton downed a simple chance at mid-off against the bowling of Udal with his score on three.
Compton soon made amends by pocketing another chance at long on to send Mahmood packing for 29 and spark Rob Key“s declaration at 2.30pm that left Kemp unbeaten on 133.
With a full seven sessions of the game remaining Middlesex will need 500 simply to avoid the follow-on.
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