Robson completes Middlesex romp

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Sam Robson finished unbeaten on 94 as Middlesex made no mistakes to seal a facile run-chase against Kent's part-time bowlers

Middlesex took just 21 minutes on the third morning to complete a nine-wicket victory against Kent at Lord's and maintain their promotion bid in the LV= County Championship Division Two.

After 23 wickets had fallen on the first day, an ECB pitch panel determined that the pitch should be rated "below average" but no points penalty was imposed.

Kent employed occasional bowlers Joe Denly and James Goodman when Middlesex resumed on 120 for one, chasing 167 for a fourth championship victory of the season.

Opener Sam Robson, unbeaten on 59 overnight, pulled Denly for six and also hit him through extra-cover off the back foot as he finished 94 not out.

Dan Housego late cut Denly for four and Kent continued to go through the motions as Robson drove Goodman through extra-cover and then deposited a long hop from Denly for another four.

The end came even more quickly when Rob Key, the Kent captain, introduced his own leg-spin from the Nursery End. Robson straight drove him for four and then punched a full toss wide of mid-on for the winning boundary.

Robson faced 121 balls in total, hitting 12 fours and a six, while Housego finished 13 not out.

Middlesex took 19 points, while Kent picked up just three.

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