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Leg spinner Tom Smith tweaks Middlesex to win over Kent

FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Lord's:
Middlesex 154-6 beat Kent 141-7 by 13 runs
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Tom Smith
Tom Smith had only previously taken four Twenty20 wickets in six matches

Middlesex leg spinner Tom Smith sent Kent crashing to their seventh defeat in nine FP t20 games at Lord's.

Smith took 5-24, comfortably his Twenty20 best, as Kent were limited to 141-7 under the Lord's lights, of which visiting skipper Rob Key made 42.

Earlier, Dawid Malan had made 41 out of Middlesex's total of 154-6.

Home skipper Adam Gilchrist also weighed in with 28 as he ended his fruitful seven-game cameo with Middlesex with another victory.

Gilchrist made 212 runs in his seven matches for Middlesex, half of which came when he smashed 106 in just 52 balls in his side's even more convincing six-wicket win over Kent at Canterbury a fortnight earlier.

But this time 22-year-old Smith was the star as, in only his seventh Twenty20 appearance, he more than doubled his haul of wickets.

That was the chief cause of the derailment of a Kent run chase which started strongly only to fade with the loss of three wickets in as many overs.

Kent's latest defeat leaves them next-to-bottom in the South Group to all but end hopes of reaching Twenty20 finals day for the fourth successive season.

But, although now without Gilchrist for their last nine games, a fourth success for Middlesex maintains their hopes of reaching the knockout stages and assured a winning end to Gilchrist's short sojourn as acting captain.

New skipper Neil Dexter will take over a skipper for Middlesex's next game against Glamorgan at Cardiff on Saturday (1430 BST).

Kent are back in action against rampant Twenty20 holders Sussex at Hove on Sunday (2000 BST).



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