Denly shows cool head to with­stand Cum­mins bar­rage in un­beaten 70

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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

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