Middlesex v Kent

Middlesex captain Andy Strauss put the Kent attack to the sword today, crashing his way to 60 from just 37 balls to pave the way for the home side's first victory of the competition.

Middlesex won the toss and inserted Kent, but must have expected the worst as Andrew Symonds flayed three successive boundaries before being caught at the wicket. Kent continued to score runs at a rapid rate, going past 40 in the fourth over but gradually Middlesex began to put a brake on the run fiesta with Ashley Noffke (3-29) and Simon Cook (2-23) bowling particularly well.

James Tredwell made 34, then a rapid 35 from Matthew Walker helped the visitors on to a testing 161-8.

Middlesex set about their task post-haste, with Paul Weekes and Andy Strauss blasting 77 in a hectic opening stand before Tredwell accounted for Weekes.

Chad Keegan made 23 in just 11 balls including a six inadvertantly carried over the boundary by Greg Blewett, but it was Owais Shah who iced the cake for the home side.

Andrew Symonds whirled away for the visitors, picking up both Strauss and Keegan, but Shah bludgeoned Middlesex over the finishing line with almost three overs to spare, cracking three boundaries and two mighty sixes in an unbeaten 27-ball 40.


Twenty20 Cup, 2003, South Division
Middlesex v Kent
Old Deer Park, Richmond
19 June 2003 (20-over match)

Result: Middlesex won by 7 wickets
Points: Middlesex 2, Kent 0

Toss: Middlesex
Umpires: A Clarkson and NG Cowley
Man of the Match: AJ Strauss

Kent innings (20 overs maximum)                                 R   M   B  4 6
PD Trego                                 b Keegan              11   9   7  1 0
A Symonds             c Alleyne          b Bloomfield          13   8   7  3 0
JC Tredwell           c Cook             b Bloomfield          34  38  32  3 1
MA Ealham             c Strauss          b Noffke              10  11   7  2 0
GS Blewett            c Noffke           b Cook                15  12  12  2 0
MJ Walker                                b Noffke              35  25  27  3 1
+GO Jones             c Noffke           b Cook                12   4   8  2 0
*DP Fulton            c Shah             b Noffke              12  18  14  0 0
MA Carberry           not out                                   8   9   6  0 0
A Sheriyar            not out                                   4   1   1  1 0
Extras                (lb 3, w 2, nb 2)                         7
Total                 (8 wickets, 20 overs)                   161

DNB: BJ Trott.

FoW: 1-24 (Symonds), 2-24 (Trego), 3-49 (Ealham), 4-79 (Blewett),
     5-101 (Tredwell), 6-123 (Jones), 7-140 (Walker),
     8-157 (Fulton).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Keegan                       4      0     37      1
Bloomfield                   4      0     44      2
Cook                         4      0     23      2
Noffke                       4      0     29      3 (1nb, 2w)
Weekes                       4      0     25      0

Middlesex innings (target: 162 runs from 20 overs)              R   M   B  4 6
PN Weekes             c Jones            b Tredwell            29  26  20  3 1
*AJ Strauss                              b Symonds             60  43  37 10 0
CB Keegan                                b Symonds             23   8  11  3 1
OA Shah               not out                                  40  20  27  3 2
EC Joyce              not out                                   7  14  10  0 0
Extras                (lb 2, w 4)                               6
Total                 (3 wickets, 17.2 overs)                 165

DNB: RMS Weston, BL Hutton, SJ Cook, AA Noffke, +D Alleyne,
     TF Bloomfield.

FoW: 1-77 (Weekes), 2-112 (Keegan), 3-122 (Strauss).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Trott                        4      0     32      0
Sheriyar                     3      0     27      0 (2w)
Ealham                       3      0     26      0
Tredwell                     3      0     33      1
Symonds                      3.2    0     35      2 (2w)
Blewett                      1      0     10      0
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