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Grant Stewart shines with bat and ball as Kent beat Middlesex

By Josh Fordham

Grant Stewart scored a maiden century and took eight wickets in the match to guide Kent to a 342-run win against Middlesex in the Specsavers County Championship.

The day-night match at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence was completed early on the third day as Kent bowled the visitors out twice for 56 and 124.

Seamers Stewart and Harry Podmore replaced Matt Henry and Darren Stevens, who were both rested for Saturday’s final, as the new ball pairing and took 15 wickets between them.

Sam Billings batting against Middlesex. Picture: Paul Amos.
Sam Billings batting against Middlesex. Picture: Paul Amos.

After winning the toss Kent chose bat and were soon in a bit of difficulty when Middlesex had them 106-5 with only Joe Denly (37) getting a start in the top order.

Adam Rouse (42), Stewart (38) and Podmore (32) chipped in with runs to help the home side up to 241 all out.

With the lights coming into effect at the beginning of Middlesex’s innings, Stewart caused havoc among the batters claiming five wickets that evening.

He finished with a career-best of 6-22 as the visitors were all out for 56.

Grant Stewart
Grant Stewart

Stewart (103) again was the star of the show in Kent’s second innings in just his fifth first-class game smashing his way to a 71-ball maiden century in a 100-run 10th wicket stand with Ivan Thomas (1 not out).

Kent set Middlesex a target of 467 to win but it would prove too much.

Podmore took a career-best of 6-36 as the home side claimed their fifth win of the season in the County Championship as the visitors were bowled out for 124.

Tim Murtagh was the only batsman to put up some resistance at number 11 clubbing his way to 40.

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