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A winter of tinkering means Nick Gubbins can’t wait to spearhead the quest for runs in a new era at Middlesex.

Kent all-rounder Grant Stewart blasted a maiden first-class century from only 71 balls to leave Middlesex with a mountain to climb at the mid-point of their pink ball Specsavers County Championship clash at Canterbury.

Malan moans after Middlesex woes

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Middlesex skipper Dawid Malan felt that Kent had batted and bowled better than his side on the first day of the County Championship Division Two match at Canterbury.

The ice cream stall on the grass bank at Canterbury’s idyllic County Ground was doing a brisk trade as the sky above turned a deeper shade of blue with every over bowled.

A determined and dogged Middlesex reduced Kent to 193-8 at ‘tea’ at the end of the second session of their day/night match on Monday, despite a 51 run seventh wicket partnership between former Seaxe Harry Podmore and Adam Rouse.

Middlesex made inroads into Kent’s batting line up on a baking hot afternoon in Canterbury on day one of the County Championship clash at lunch – if, as the man on the mike said sagely, ‘you can call lunch at 4pm’.

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