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Tredwell and Ferley join forces to spin Kent into a winning position

Friday 11th September 2009

James Tredwell finally dislodged Neil Dexter for 108

Middlesex v Kent LV County Championship Division 2, Day four. Uxbridge.
By Mark Pennell
KENT claimed five wickets in Saturday“s mid-session to make giant strides toward victory and championship promotion over a battling Middlesex side in Uxbridge.
The hosts went in at tea on the fourth and final day on 193 for eight – still requiring another three runs to make Rob Key“s visiting side bat again.
It was spinners Rob Ferley and James Tredwell who finally broke the backbone of Middlesex resistance, Tredwell taking two including the prized scalp of their former team-mate Neil Dexter, who proved their major stumbling block, while Ferley bagged three.
Dexter, the South African-born right-hander followed his career-best 146 in the first innings with a 139-ball ton with 18 fours and a six second time round for his part in a Middlesex record fourth wicket stand with Dawid Malan worth 202.
The partnership was finally broken soon after lunch when Dexter followed a Tredwell arm-ball to nick to Justin Kemp at slip and make it 235 for four.
Ferley got in on the act by trapping Malan (76) leg before with one that appeared to shoot, and then John Simpson (14) marched down the pitch when pushing defensively to the left-arm spinner to be stumped by Geraint Jones.
All-rounder Gareth Berg also went to Ferley, who appeared to find more turn and bounce with the new ball, and a good catch by Amjad Khan but it was a stunning one-handed catch over his shoulder at mid-wicket by Martin van Jaarsveld that lit up the session and accounted for Shaun Udal and make it 264 for eight.
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