Middlesex ease to victory against Kent

LV County Championship Division Two, Lord's
Middlesex 153 & 168-1 beat Kent 87 & 232 by nine wickets
Middx 19pts, Kent 3pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Middlesex moved to second place in County Championship Division Two with a nine-wicket victory against Kent.

After rain had forced an early close at Lord's with Middlesex 47 short of victory, the hosts resumed day three on 120-1.

Sam Robson, with one Championship century to his name this season, ended unbeaten on 94 with one six and 12 fours in his 121-ball innings.

Dan Housego was 13 not out with Middlesex safely home on 168-1.

Middlesex also learned after the game that they will keep the 19 points they earned for their victory, after the England and Wales Cricket Board's pitch panel, convened by pitch liaison officer Tony Pigott after 23 wickets fell on the opening day, ruled that the surface did not warrant a points penalty.

However, the panel did mark the well-grassed pitch "below average" for producing excessive seam movement.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Middlesex captain Neil Dexter told BBC Sport:

"I had a meeting with the pitch inspectors and it did do quite a bit on the first morning, like it did against Glamorgan too when we went in to bat.

"That's the one thing I've learned, there's been a bit of rain around and it might do a bit on the first morning and I think it was crucial that we won the toss.

"The wicket got better as the game went on but you still have to bowl in the right areas, which our bowlers did."

Kent captain Rob Key told BBC Radio Kent:

"We lost quite a big toss in the end - the wicket was probably at its liveliest on that first morning.

"We fought very hard, we thought we had a chance with the wicket at Lord's, but it was just a very tough, lively wicket.

"As Lord's does, it just gets better and better. Even if it starts seaming around, by the third day it doesn't break up and today it was a very good batting pitch, especially with the sun out as well, which makes a difference here.

"It did a lot first day and it's gradually got better and better throughout the game and now it's a pretty flat one, so if we could have just hung in there a bit longer, we might have had a better time of it batting."

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