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Middlesex hold nerve to win breathtaking Twenty20 final

PUBLISHED: 13:13 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:15 07 September 2010

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26:  Middlesex celebrate victory with the trophy after winning the Twenty20 Cup Final between Kent and Middlesex at The Rosebowl on July 26, 2008 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 26: Middlesex celebrate victory with the trophy after winning the Twenty20 Cup Final between Kent and Middlesex at The Rosebowl on July 26, 2008 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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MIDDLESEX held their nerve to win a scintillating Twenty20 Cup final by three runs as Kent failed to hit a four off the last ball at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night. It was Middlesex s first silverware for 15 years and they also booked their place in the

MIDDLESEX held their nerve to win a scintillating Twenty20 Cup final by three runs as Kent failed to hit a four off the last ball at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

It was Middlesex's first silverware for 15 years and they also booked their place in the Stanford Super Series and possibly the cash-laden Champions League in the autumn.

Man of the match Owais Shah's superb 75 off 35 balls, including five sixes, underpinned the Middlesex innings of a daunting 187-6. It was the highest score of a Twenty20 final ever, but Rob Key and Joe Denly's 89 stand in reply, and a 49 from Justin Kemp, ensured it went to the last over.

However, Tyron Henderson proved to be the Middlesex hero, conceding just one run off his final two deliveries to seal the trophy for the Lord's outfit.

Full coverage of Middlesex's glory day is in this week's Ham&High, including Chris Silverwood's exclusive take from the dressing room and sports editor Pat Mooney's exclusive interviews with coach Toby Radford and captain Ed Joyce.

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