Middlesex 380 for 5 (Holden 166, Taylor 94) kick Kent 347 (Crawley 120) by 33 runs
A belligerent, career-best 166 from Max Holden helped Middlesex strech a Royal London One-Day Cup knock-out stages after a 33-run win over south organisation rivals Kent Spitfires.
Batting initial on a Canterbury shirtfront, Middlesex posted a huge 380 for 5 – their top ever one-day sum opposite Kent and a List A record for a county, violence a club’s prior best of 367 for 6 opposite Sussex during Hove in 2015.
Despite Zak Crawley’s classy, career-best 120, Middlesex discharged a hosts to 347 to finish their sixth win of a debate with 7 balls to spare.
The essential feat saw Middlesex leapfrog Somerset and Gloucestershire to finish second in a south organisation and into Friday’s play-off diversion opposite Lancashire Lightning during Lord’s.
Having won a toss, a visitors mislaid opener Sam Robson to a eighth round of a innings when he picked out second trip after attempting to cut.
Left-handed, second-wicket partners Holden and Nick Gubbins came together to feast on careless Kentish bowling. But Gubbins, when usually 3 bashful of a half-century, danced down a representation to collect out long-on.
Holden reached 50 from 56 balls, forcing Kent to use 7 bowlers, including 3 spinners, in a bid to branch a upsurge of runs.
Holden and Ross Taylor, a Kiwi Test batsman, took it all in their walk to post a century partnership inside 18 overs while Kent’s Ollie Robinson transposed Adam Rouse behind a stumps after a starting screw picked adult a palm injury.
The Middlesex run-fest continued with Taylor’s 62-ball 50 and Holden’s lass List A century off 102 deliveries and with 9 fours.
Performing opposite his former county, Kent’s Harry Podmore struck in his final over to finish a mount value 191 by carrying Taylor held on a low square-leg range for 94 from 85 balls, though a bowler’s 10 overs had cost 88 runs.
Stevie Eskinazi perished in identical conform by holing out to long-on afterwards Holden went, run out during a non-striker’s finish when attempting to take a bye to Robinson. His was a second top one-day measure opposite Kent and a best in singular overs cricket by any Middlesex batsman, violence 163 by Andrew Strauss opposite Surrey during a Oval in 2008.
Kent’s improbable office of 381 during an seeking rate of 7.62 an over started badly when a swishing Daniel Bell-Drummond toe-ended a brief one to a keeper.
The hosts rebuilt by an appealing second-wicket mount value 93 between Crawley and Matt Renshaw (49) that finished when Renshaw’s retreat paddle was held during back point.
Crawley changed fluently to a 58-ball 50 though Kent’s compulsory run rate crept over 9 an over and, with usually 20 overs remaining, Spitfires still indispensable 180.
Interim captain Heino Kuhn contributed 36 to a mount of 87 before his sliced expostulate sailed to back indicate afterwards Rouse heaved to cow dilemma to present his wicket to James Harris, who finished with 4 for 65.
Crawley posted his lass List A century from 103 balls with 13 fours moments and fast changed past 107, Colin Cowdrey’s List A record for Kent matches opposite Middlesex scored during Lord’s in 1972.
With 110 compulsory off a final 10 overs Crawley perished, bowled when slicing during a Nathan Sowter arm round – and Kent’s slim feat chances went with him.