The St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury (stock image)

Kent bowler makes history – with the bat

Kent bowler Ivan Thomas become only the second player in history to score one run in a partnership of 100 or more.

The number 11’s solitary run came as Grant Stewart, batting at 10, struck 103 to give Kent an ussailable 445-run lead against Middlesex at Canterbury’s St Lawrence Ground.

Stewart came to the crease on day two with the score on 165-8 before Zack Crawley become the ninth Middlesex scalp as he was stumped by wicket-keeper John Simpson off the bowling of Ravi Patel for 25.

Stewart then went on the rampage smashing his 103 off just 74 balls.

It was a different story at the other end where Thomas remained at the crease with Grant, but scored just one run from 36 deliveries.

Ivan Thomas scored just one run in 100 partnership

According to BBC cricket statistician Andrew Samson, the feat has only been achieved once before in first class cricket and never in England.

Sri Lanka bowler Dilhara Fernando scored one in a 101 partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya in a Test match against Pakistan at Faisalabad in 2004.

Thomas’s effort with the bat ensured that Kent finished on 281 when Grant was eventually out.

They had scored 241 in the first innings and then watched as Middlesex crumbled under the lights, being bowled out for just 56.

Stewart returned figures of 6-22. England’s Dawid Malan was among his victims perishing for a duck on his fourth as he was caught by Sean Dickson.

Harry Podmore, Callum Haggett and Thomas took the other wickets. Middlesex then lost two early wickets as they attempted to chase down the Kent target.

Play resumes at 2pm today.

Kent will play Hampshire in the Royal London Cup final at Lord’s on Saturday. The match starts at 11am and coverage is on Sky Sports.

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