Kent fight back against Middlesex

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close, day three: Kent 242 & 292-6, Middlesex 303
Middlesex 6pts, Kent 4pts
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Kent ended the third day against promotion-chasing Middlesex with a lead of 231 at Canterbury.

Middlesex's final three wickets added 45 as they were dismissed for 303 to claim a first-innings lead of 61.

And they looked well on top when Rob Key and Sam Northeast fell in the space of three balls as Kent slipped to 34-2.

But Martin van Jaarsveld (66) and Azhar Mahmood (69 not out) led the fightback as Kent closed on 292-6, with an intriguing final day in prospect.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARIES

BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent managed to frustrate Middlesex by adding regular partnerships, batting aggressively without taking too many risks.

"Martin van Jaarsveld, who found the going tough against the swinging ball early on, and Azhar Mahmood, who expertly found the gaps in the field, contributed contrasting but equally crucial knocks.

"But the pitch does appear to be flattening out, which should lead to caution if Kent are thinking about an early declaration."

BBC Radio London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"If the track remains as placid on the final day then Middlesex will have a chance of chasing down a target.

"The new ball is available first thing in the morning and the visitors must make the most of it, having already seen Kent amass a lead of 231.

"James Tredwell is also set to play a key role as the track has offered some turn and bounce to the spinners already and that may increase to aid Kent's hopes of victory."

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