Published: 18:47, 23 September 2021
| Updated: 19:01, 23 September 2021
Kent's unlikely run chase against Middlesex took a dramatic twist off the final ball on day three at Canterbury.
The hosts slumped to 103-4 chasing 373 to beat Middlesex in the County Championship. But a century stand between Ollie Robinson and Tawanda Muyeye put the hosts right back in the game.
However, Robinson was out for 112 off the final ball of the day to leave the game finely poised with Kent still needing 98 runs for victory and Middlesex five more wickets.
The visitors resumed on 298-6 and added 65 more runs in the first session.
Luke Hollman was out for 29 in the second over of the morning when he chipped Marcus O’Riordan to Nathan Gilchrist at mid-on.
Toby Roland-Jones was caught by Jack Leaning at third slip for six, after edging Matt Milnes’ second delivery with the new ball.
Milnes then bowled John Simpson for 46, cueing an aggressive cameo from Ethan Bamber, who hit 25 from 23 balls before Milnes bowled him to finish with figures of 5-87.
Kent’s chase suffered an early blow when Tim Murtagh had Jordan Cox caught for one at third slip by Robbie White before lunch, and Daniel Bell-Drummond fell early in the afternoon session, edging Bamber to Stevie Eskinazi at first slip.
Martin Andersson had Jack Leaning lbw for seven and Kent’s chances of chasing down the total took a major blow when Zak Crawley was leg before to Roland-Jones for 47.
However, Muyeye brought up his maiden first-class fifty in his fourth game when he drove Roland-Jones through cover for four and finished the day unbeaten on 76 not out.
Robinson had one major scare on 75 when Middlesex were convinced he’d chipped Hollman to Sam Robson at point. Robinson stood his ground and after conferring, the umpires ruled he was not out.
Robinson subsequently reached his century from 145 balls, but Middlesex’s decision to take the new ball for the final over was vindicated. Murtagh opted for a shorter run-up with the final ball of the day and Robinson edged behind to keeper Simpson.