Kent 189 for 9 (Stevens 64, Stewart 60 *, Fuller 3-47) lead Middlesex 161 (Stevens 4-44) for 28 races
Joe Denly and Nick Gubbins squandered auditions in England when more unknown heroes came to light on a day when they fell 19 wickets in the clash of the County Championship between Middlesex and Kent in Lord & # 39; s.
Denly and Gubbins, promoted as possible tourists for the winter trips from England to Sri Lanka and West Indies, both lost their chance under the watchful eye of coach James Taylor.
Instead, it was 42-year-old Darren Stevens who starred with ball (4-44) then bat (64) for visitors, while James Fuller 37 did not come out and 3 for 47 underscored its total value for Lord's tenants . All that meant that Kent closed 28 forward with his last pair in the fold.
In the era of undisputed release, being stuck in a September sports field against Matt Henry, the tournament leader, did not seem a good omen. for a Middlesex team that had just won nine 11-game hitting points this season, and it was.
Henry made the initial incision helped by a bad shot by Gubbins (17) who waved one in the hands of Sean Dickson at the first slide. From then on, it was the evergreen Stevens who took center stage, catching Sam Robson lbw with his first installment.
Middlesex's next wound was self-inflicted, Max Holden, promoted to No. 3, throwing his wicket away running for a run that was never there, Henry is running out of the youth with a direct hit from the point.
Stevens was again discarding Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan in quick succession and there was still time for former Middlesex sprinter Harry Podmore (3-for-35) to give two more punches, Stevie Eskinazi and debutante Martin Andersson the men to fall, leaving the hosts 80 for 7 at lunch.
On the resumption, the Middlesex queue encountered the resistance that had eluded its superior order, Fuller sharing stands of 39 with Ollie Rayner (19) and 41 with the last man Steven Finn (27) allowing them to climb to 161.  This is not the first time Middlesex has been out this season with very few to defend and without leading wicket-takers, James Harr is (groin) and Tim Murtagh (sick).
Ethan Bamber made an early advance setting Dickson on the front and Steven Finn, back from injury, shortened Denly's chance to impress when he also had a confirmed LBW shout.
Then it was Fuller the moment to shine, the SUV emulating Stevens' feat of catching Zak Crawley lbw.
Dance to the former Gloucestershire man and then find the edge of Daniel Bell-Drummond's bat, the Eskinazi goalkeeper pulling out a captain Sam Billings soon became Fuller's third victim and when Anderson scattered the stumps of Heino Kuhn the visitors collapsed to 53 by 6.
Again, although an interval came to the rescue side when Stevens went on the offensive producing an avalanche of limits while Middlesex played too short.
Podmore did not last long playing a Finnish long jump to Morgan at a deep point back, but Grant Stewart, who scored a first class queen censed against Middlesex on the reverse in June, provided strong support.
The 50-stand was lifted before the ninth limit of Steven through a top edge over the goalkeeper took him to his half-century in 62 balls. The fun ended at age 64 when Anderson rearranged his furniture, but Stewart's third 50th class led Kent to a precious advantage.