Spitfires recover to win low scoring thriller
Despite scoring just 115 runs the Kent Spitfires secured a remarkable nine run victory over the Middlesex Panthers in a low scoring thriller at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
Having restricted the Spitfires to a total of 115-9, the Panthers struggled to chase down a an easy looking victory after they were slumped to a total of just 106-7 to hand the Spitfires an amazing victory.
Having scored just one run with the bat Azhar Mahmood made amends with the ball, picking up three wickets to leave the Panthers 60-6 at the end of the 15th over.
Mahmood struck twice early on, removing Paul Stirling (2) and Scott Newman inside the opening six overs as the visitors made a sluggish start to their run chase.
With runs hard to come by, Dawid Malan (22) led the Panthers run chase but when he was dismissed by Mahmood with just over four overs to go the Panthers were in serious trouble.
Jamie Dalrymple (3), John Simpson (3) and Ryan McLaren quickly followed as the Panthers slipped to their sixth defeat to remain rooted to the bottom of the Friends Life t20 Southern group.
Having been put into bat, the Spitfires got off to a torrid start, losing their opening six wickets inside the opening seven overs as they collapsed to a total of just 21-6.
Joe Denly (0), Robert Key (9), Azhar Mahmood (1), Darren Stevens (4), Sam Northeast (1) and Sam Billings (2) were all dispatched in quick succession with Anthony Ireland (7-3) leading the way.
Geriant Jones (27) and James Tredwell (34) resisted the Panthers charge with a 7th wicket stand of 35 before Jonesís innings was brought to an end by Tom Smith in the 13th over.
Tredwell remained at the crease during the final six overs to help the Spitfires mount a respectable comeback to leave the Panthers facing a run chase of 116.