Murtagh kills off Kent

Middlesex make it two wins from two in Friends Provident Trophy

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Murtagh kills off Kent

Murtagh: Held his nerve in the final over

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Friends Provident Trophy - South/East Division
Lord's
Middlesex 177-8 v Kent 166 (M van Jaarsveld 53,T J Murtagh 4-29)
Middlesex beat Kent by 6 runs (D/L Method)

Tim Murtagh took three wickets in the final over to bowl Middlesex to victory over Kent at Lord's.

Set a revised target of 173 to win in 33 overs, the visitors were bowled out for 166 in the South/East Division clash.

They went into the last over needing 12 but Murtagh denied them at the death, bowling Geraint Jones before Yasir Arafat and Simon Cook were both caught at mid-off.

The former Surrey seamer finished with excellent figures of 4-29. South African Vernon Philander provided excellent support with 2-31 from his seven overs while also running out dangerman Azhar Mahmood.

Martin van Jaarsveld, with 53 from 68 balls, had seemed to put Kent in range for victory before he was bowled by spinner Shaun Udal.

Pressure

Darren Stevens made 25 while Mahmood managed 21 before the lower order fell away under pressure in reply to Middlesex's total of 177-8.

Andrew Strauss, fresh from his 163 against Surrey in the first round of games last weekend, hit 33 for the hosts before their innings was cut short by rain after 36.5 overs.

The England left-hander hit four boundaries in his 42-ball knock as he put on 59 for the second wicket with opener Billy Godleman (43).

However, two run outs in the space of eight balls slowed the momentum and by the time the bad weather arrived they were in danger of being bowled out.

Yasir Arafat and Mahmood both picked up two wickets apiece as the Middlesex innings ended in a flurry of poor shots.

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