Middlesex dominate against Kent at Canterbury

LV County Championship Division Two, Canterbury
Close of play, day one: Kent 242, Middlesex 55-0
Middlesex 3pts, Kent 1pt
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LV County Championship

Corey Collymore took four wickets as title-chasing Middlesex dominated Kent on the first day at Canterbury.

The home side started well with Joe Denly (55) and Rob Key putting on 61 for the first wicket.

But Middlesex's attack, led by Collymore (4-69), reduced them to 155-8, before number 10 Matt Coles hit 41 to help his side to 242 all out.

That total looked increasingly inadequate as Middlesex reached 55-0 at the close, with Sam Robson 37 not out.

When bad light ended play early with 18 overs of the day still remaining, the Division Two promotion hopefuls had eased themselves to within 187 runs of Kent with all 10 wickets intact.

Having elected to bat first, in what transpired to be the brightest conditions of the day, Kent scored just 24 in the opening hour in the face of a stern examination by Collymore, Tim Murtagh and Steven Crook - the nominated player to step aside should Steve Finn return from England standby on day two.


BBC Radio Kent's Ben Croucher:

"Kent will be both frustrated and relieved after another indifferent first day.

"Having built a strong platform in good conditions before lunch, Denly, Stevens and Jones all played themselves in. But, following a middle order collapse, the tail struck some much needed runs to post a respectable total.

"They were then frustrated again at the lack of penetration with the ball in the overcast evening conditions. But they can draw similarities with the win over Surrey last week when they were also bowled out for a mid-200 score before seeing the opposition reach 50-odd without loss at stumps."

BBC Radio London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"Kent's opening pair batted patiently to reach 61-0 on a track offering a little to the bowlers. However, the collapse to 155-8 was inexcusable from a line-up with so much talent.

"Middlesex, led by Tim Murtagh and Corey Collymore, bowled a consistent line and length and were rewards eventually with the collapse but Kent should have faired far better.

"The runs for the last two wickets may prove crucial but Middlesex will know a strong performance in their first innings will heap the pressure on Kent's apparently fragile batsmen."