One-Day Cup: Middlesex's Ollie Rayner spins Kent to defeat
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Radlett|
|Middlesex 260-9 (50 ovs): Gubbins 56, Franklin 50; Tredwell 2-24|
|Kent 173 (41.2 overs): Billings 68; Rayner 4-45, Harris 2-24|
|Middlesex won by 87 runs|
Spinner Ollie Rayner bowled Middlesex to their first One-Day Cup victory of the summer by taking 4-45 as they defeated Kent by 87 runs at Radlett.
Nick Gubbins (56) and James Franklin (50) were the mainstays as Middlesex totalled 260-9 in their innings.
Sam Billings hit 68 off 83 balls for Kent before being caught off Rayner after attempting a reverse sweep.
His dismissal came as the visitors slumped from 155-4 to 166-8 and they were all out for 173 in the 42nd over.
Rayner's figures were the best of his career in 50-over cricket and his efforts further undermined Kent's run chase following the run out of Daniel Bell-Drummond for 23.
Dwaid Malan had earlier launched the Middlesex innings with 47, but it was Gubbins who provided the acceleration, hitting four sixes in his 64-ball knock before being caught off paceman Ivan Thomas, and Toby Roland-Jones weighed in with an unbeaten 31 off 22 deliveries in the closing overs.
Middlesex spinner Ollie Rayner:
"Nick Gubbins and James Franklin batted sensibly and well to get us into a position to accelerate in the last 10 overs.
"We reckoned any total between 230 and 260 would be defendable, so to get to the top end of that was very satisfying.
"In 50-over cricket you can build partnerships and settle into spells, and you don't just have to whack it from ball one."
Kent captain Sam Northeast:
"We are a better one-day side than that. At the halfway stage we thought we were well in the game, and we thought we were capable of chasing down 260.
"Our two spinners bowled brilliantly and Sam Billings batted well but our death bowling could be better and, as a team with the bat, we just didn't fire."
(On having to play again 14 hours after beating Hampshire) "That's not the reason we lost this match but, going forward, I think we would want to see better scheduling."