Blake elevates Kent to 7th Heaven
Out of this world
August 4 2019
Middlesex vs Kent - T20 Blast 1 August 2019
Sometimes in cricket you have to take the rough with the smooth, unless you are an Australian with a ready supply of sandpaper. So it was on Thursday evening as Middlesex went down to a heavy defeat to Kent.
Having spent most of the day glued to the TV watching the Ashes a late dash across London coinciding with the Tea break saw us ensconced in the Allsop watching more Ashes in preparation for the game to come.
A swift journey round the labyrinthine aisles of Tesco, with my friend providing updates via his phone, and we were heading in to the ground. As is now tradition, my other friend was on his way, and running a few minutes late, but on this occasion he only missed a few minutes.
Having watched England reduce Australis to 8 down only for Steve Smith to take the game back in to the balance, Middlesex saw a seemingly good start fall apart as Kent went from 90 for 4 to posting 204 for the loss of no further wicket.
It was a case of Poetry in motion as Blake told Heino Kuhn to hold his beer as he plundered 66 off 29. As is so often the case in T20 momentum is key and having two set batsmen in allowed Kent to plunder 80 off the last 5 overs including a punishing 25 off Finn, whose earlier excellence was undone.
A swift beer pitstop and we were underway with the Middlesex response.
Sadly for Middlesex, and the game, the momentum which Kent had gained with their late innings assault carried on in to the Middlesex innings as Hardus “Nails” Viljoen hit a punishing length outside off stump and removed Malan, Eskinazi and De Villiers with just 42 on the board. This brought Eoin Morgan to the crease to hearty applause from the Middlesex faithful, and mild glances of interest from the prosecco brigade.
For a while Sterling and Morgan looked like they could do for Middlesex what Blake and Kuhn had done for Kent but it was not to be as Nabi removed both in the 20s.
Deprived of their main batsmen the Middlesex innings subsided although Roland Jones and Simpson battled on admirably against some tight bowling. The final score of 175 was decent but could not match the eloquence of Kent’s Blake inspired assault.
A trip to the Duke of York followed and the general consensus was that, while Middlesex lost to an excellent Kent team, the way that Middlesex are set up this season augurs well for a good blast campaign.
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