Denly shows cool head to withstand Cummins barrage in unbeaten 70
Joe Denly top-scored for Kent with an excellent unbeaten 70 as the hosts were made to work hard for their first-innings runs on day three of their Bob Willis Trophy clash with Middlesex in Canterbury.
West Indies fast bowler Miguel Cummins took three wickets before Denly and nightwatchman Matt Milnes made it through to stumps on 146 for five, trailing the visitors by 123 runs going into the fourth and final day.
Denly, back in the Kent side after his exclusion from England’s Test squad, teamed up with Sam Billings to cash in on several loose deliveries in an attractive fourth-wicket stand worth 39.
Billings added 20 to the partnership before his loose back-foot waft against the extra pace of Cummins flew to the keeper to make it 96 for four.
Denly maintained a cool head at the other end to reach an attractive maiden Trophy 50 in two hours with a clipped four through mid-wicket against dangerman Cummins. The right-hander faced 83 balls and hit nine fours.
At Hove, George Garton’s maiden five-wicket haul put Sussex in a strong position against Essex.
The left-arm seamer took five for 26, including the wicket of former England captain Alastair Cook, as the South Group leaders were dismissed for 140 in response to Sussex’s 194 on day three.
In the 21 overs before stumps, Sussex reached 57 for two in their second innings and lead by 111 with a day to go.
Taking control: George Garton’s five-wicket haul for Sussex included Essex’s Alastair Cook