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Kent Spitfires outgun Middlesex in home match thriller

Saturday 18th June 2011

Men’s First Team

Kent 115-9 beat Middlesex 106-7 by nine runs

The Spitfires’ first home match under the impressive new floodlights at the St Lawrence Ground was a final over thriller. Following the captains’ dramatic helicopter arrival, the coin toss was held, with Middlesex winning and electing to bat second.

The Spitfires got off to a poor start, making 21 for 6, before Geraint Jones (27) and James Tredwell (34 not out) turned the screw. With the home crowd behind them, the Spitfires eventually made 115-9, leaving the Panthers chasing a low score.

The Panthers looked to be in contention following a steady start, but couldn’t sustain their momentum. Steven Crook’s unbeaten 23 gave Middlesex a chance going into the final over, which had the home crowd on the edge of their seats. Middlesex were able to make only 106-7, as Azhar Mahmood took 3-14 and Tredwell 2-14; securing the Spitfires’ third successive Friends Life t20 win and putting them in fourth position within the South Group table.

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Kent travel to Lord’s for Day 1 of their LV=County Championship match against Middlesex on Sunday 19th June. The start time of this match has been adjusted to accommodate the late finishtoSaturdayevening's floodlit Friends Life t20 match in Canterbury. This match will start at midday, rather than 11am.

The Spitfires' next home Friends Lifet20 match will be on Sunday 26th June, when the Spitfires face Surrey Lionsat Beckenham. This match commences at 3pm, with gates opening at 1pm – to book tickets to this matchor any of the Spitfires'matches at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterburyclick here.

Photo by Sarah Ansell from SarahCanterbury.com