Middlesex 142-1 off 15.4 overs
Middlesex won by nine wickets with 26 balls to spare.
ADAM Rossington proved the scourge of Kent’s bowlers once again as Middlesex eased to victory on the first day of the Uxbridge Festival yesterday.
Just nine days after the 20-year-old batsman/wicketkeeper’s 41 not out off 20 balls snatched victory over the Spitfires in the Panthers’ rain-affected first game of the competition at Canterbury Rossington bullied them again for his first t20 half century in blistering sunshine at Gatting Way.
Altogether he blasted three sixes –one of them huge, clearing both the pavilion roof and the car park – and 10 fours in his 74 which made short work of Kent’s under par score of 140.
Yet, this scenario looked a world away in the first few overs of Rossington’s innings as he repeatedly swished and missed at the visitors’ new-ball bowlers Vernon Philander and Mitchell Claydon.
Some classy fours from the in-form Dawid Malan at the other end kept the scoreboard ticking and once Rossington got moving with a fortuitous top-edged six over wicketkeeper Geraint Jones’ head of the bowling of Philander in the third over mayhem was unleashed.
Darren Stevens was despatched for four boundaries in an over by the youngster, who then struck spinner Coles for two sixes as he went to 50 in just 28 balls.
When Rossington was dropped on the boundary by Sam Northeast to raise the 100 in the 10th over it looked as if he might have the momentum for a rare T20 hundred.
However, the fun ended when he played on to England spinner James Tredwell to depart in the very next over. His runs had come in just 37 balls.
With Malan happy to play second fiddle, Joe Denly saw the hosts home with 33 in just 20 balls including a six and four fours.
Earlier we witnessed Middlesex best bowling performance of the competition to date with Toby Roland-Jones showing signs of a return to form with 2-19 and overseas ace Kyle Mills taking 2-28.
The latter’s figures should have been far better with both Ravi Patel and skipper Neil Dexter dropping skiers off the Kiwi pace-man, Kent’s top scorer Alex Blake (37 not out) the beneficiary on both occasions.
These lapses were typical of a scrappy performance fielding wise from the Panthers, something they will need to improve if they are to advance from the toughest of the three T20 groups.
Dexter and co must in the meantime turn their thoughts to today’s visit of champions Warwickshire in the County Championship.