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Kent taste defeat for first time in Royal London One-Day Cup after seven-wicket loss against Middlesex

By Richard Harvey

Kent’s unbeaten run in the Royal London One-Day Cup ended with a seven-wicket loss against Middlesex at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, on Wednesday.

The Londoners won the Group B clash, which was both sides’ final group game, with 37 balls to spare after chasing down Kent’s 191 all-out.

The result made no difference to qualification for the knockout stages, with Kent already through to the quarter finals while Middlesex were already out of contention.

Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond top-scored with 51 for Kent while Fabian Cowdrey made 44 as their side were dismissed for under 200 for the first time in this year’s competition.

Former Kent batsman Joe Denly took the wickets of Alex Blake (20) and Mitch Claydon (0) on his way to finishing with 2-31.

In reply, opener David Malan hit an unbeaten 76, sharing an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 59 with his captain, Eoin Morgan (31 not out).

Aussie paceman Doug Bollinger in action in his final game for Kent during the Royal London One-Day Cup clash against Middlesex at Canterbury. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Kent paceman Doug Bollinger ended his stint with the county by taking 1-31 off 10 overs after taking the wicket of fellow Australian, Test opener Chris Rogers, for 23.

Bollinger is heading home this weekend to start his preparations to play for the Hobart Hurricanes in next month’s Champions League T20 tournament in India.

The quarter final draw will be made after the completion of the final round of group games today (Thursday).

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