2013 season match highlights from the LV= County Championship campaign ...
Resuming on 130-5 with Balance 53*, he and Rashid added 36 runs in the first 40 minutes of play on Day 4 at Headingley. After Rashid was out for 21, Yorkshire lost regular wickets and were all out for 194 (Balance 90, Helm 3-46, Murtagh 3-74), leaving Middlesex needing 277 runs to win.
In reply, Robson was out early with the score on 9, and Middlesex went into lunch on 25-1. After Denly was out in the afternoon, Rogers and Malan started to create a partnership, adding 56 runs in just 10 overs. But two quick wickets, Malan (31) and Dexter, put Middlesex on the back foot on 103-4. When Rogers was the 5th wicket to fall for 65, wickets then continued to fall regularly and Middlesex were all out for 196. Yorkshire won by 80 runs.
In a heavily rain affected day at Headingley, only 30 overs of play were possible on the 3rd day of this LV= County Championship match. When play finally got underway at 3pm, Yorkshire lost both Lyth and Williamson early leaving them on 7-2. Gale & Jaques added 33 runs for the 3rd wicket before Jaques was out for 21. They were then reduced to 50-4 when Bairstow was out 3 overs later. Gale and Ballance then pushed on, and added 79 for the 5th wicket as Gale was out in the penultimate over of the day for 40. Yorkshire had reached 130-5 at stumps with Ballance 53*. They lead by 212 runs going into the final day at Headingley.
Seventeen wickets fell on the second day of the LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley. The ball continued to swing all day with both wicket-keepers ending with six catches in an innings. After Middlesex bowled the hosts out for 210, Middlesex were bowled out for 128 in only 41 overs; in the remaining five overs, Yorkshire reached 4-0 by the close of play.
Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl first in this their final match of the season. Play began on time and Tom Helm was making his first class debut. Middlesex got off to a fantastic start as Collymore trapped Lyth with the 9th ball of the match and Murtagh had Jaques caught Simpson to leave the hosts 1-2 in the 3rd over.
Gale & Williamson came together in tough conditions and saw their side through to lunch, which was taken early becuase of rain. Their partnership reached 97 before Gale was caught by Simpson off the bowling of Collymore for 66, after returning back to the field another long rain delay.
Bad light eventually ended the days play - only 42 overs were possible. Yorkshire finished the day on 109-3 with Williamson 34*.
After the whole of the third day's play was washed out, play was again held-up on the final day of the LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Lord's, with no play being possible before lunch. With so much time being lost in the match and only 64 overs remaining, Middlesex had little choice but to chase batting bonus points. By the close of play they had reached 353-7 and took eight points from the drawn match with Nottinghamshire taking nine.Chris Rogers made his 3rd County Championship century of the season and Joe Denly was the next highest top scorer with 63.
Nottinghamshire resumed on day 2 at Lord's on 161-2 with Mullaney 88* and Taylor 0*. Middlesex took the new ball as soon as they were able in the morning session and by lunch had dismissed both Taylor and Mullaney, who had reached 125, his highest Championship score ever. This brought Patel and Hussey together with the score on 237-4, and looking to claim batting points the pair started to move things along a bit - 79 needed in 10 overs to reach 350. Patel was out for 47 just before they reached the 300, to a fantastic catch by Rayner off Harris. Adams then joined Hussey (67), and some remarkable hitting ensued as they reached 350 with an over to spare - 60 runs coming in 7 overs. Adams was then out for 80 and tea was taken with Nottinghamshire declaring on 430-7 (Berg 2-78, Harris 2-88).
This left 35 overs left in the day for Nottinghamshire to try and do some damage but Rogers and Robson saw Middlesex comfortably through to the the close without loss. Middlesex will resume on Day 3 on 96-0 with Rogers 67* and Robson 28*.
Middlesex won the toss for their final home match of the season and elected to bowl first. Nottinghamshire's openers made steady progress in the 1st hour for an opening stand of 43 before Wessels was out to Dexter, caught by Robson in the gully. Mullaney and Lumb then battled hard for every run and no wickets were taken in the afternoon session. Lumb fell to Rayner for 54 shortly before bad light stopped play. They got back out again for a short while before light and then rain had play abandoned for the day with Nottinghamshire 161-2 with Mullaney 88* and Taylor 0*.
Middlesex resumed on Day 3 at the Oval on 133-5. Quick runs, including 50 for Malan, were added in the morning as Middlesex looked to declare, which they did on 235-9, setting Surrey 385 to win.
Surrey started well, and went into lunch without loss. However, Harinath and Burns were both out after the lunch break with the score on 56-2, Amla and Solanki then added 32 for the 3rd wicket, but Solanki was soon followed by de Bruyn, both losing their wickets to Rayner, and Surrey were 102-4. Davies joined Amla and they managed to hold Middlesex up for 36 overs, adding 86 runs before Davies was out to Collymore off the new ball for 38. Amla was finally out four overs later for a well earned 84, and then that was it as the last four wickets fell in less than 8 overs and Surrey were all out for 238. Middlesex won the match by 146 runs. The star of the match was Ollie Rayner who took match figures of 15-118 (8-46 in the 1st innings and 7-72 in the 2nd innings). Ollie was involved in all but 2 of the wickets taken in both Surrey innings.
Resuming on Day 2 at the Oval on 280-7, Middlesex lost their last 3 wickets for just 14 runs and were all out for 294 with Dexter 90*. In reply, Surrey lost their 1st wicket in the 2nd over. Burns and Amla then added 70 for the 2nd wicket, but that's where Surrey fight ended as Ollie Rayner took over the bowling and wickets started to tumble with 3 in 3 overs. Surrey lost their last 9 wickets for just 73 runs as they were all out for 145, avoiding the follow-on by just 1 run. Rayner took career best figures of 8-46 as well as two catches.
Leading by 149 runs, Middlesex lost five wickets before the close and at stumps were 133-5 with Malan 28* & Harris 6*, leading by 282 runs going into the third day.
Middlesex won the toss and chose to bat first, but lost Robson in the 3rd over for 0. Denly was also removed early in the innings, caught by Solanki, to leave Middlesex 24-2. Malan and Rogers settled in and Rogers bought up his 50 from 75 balls. In the over after lunch, Rogers was run out for 55 which bought Dexter to the crease. Malan bought up his first Championship half century of the summer, made from just 60 balls, but on 61 he edged one from Linley and was caught leaving Middlesex on 159-4. Dexter and Simpson saw Middlesex through till tea - in the first over after the break, Simpson went for 23, before Dexter bought up his 50 from 128 balls. Keedy then had Berg caught by Davies, then Rayner caught by de Bruyn to leave Middlesex on 248-7.
The new ball was taken but Harris and Dexter saw Middlesex through to the close ending the day on 280-7, with Dexter 77* and Harris 11*.
Middlesex resumed on Day 3 at Lord's on 52-2 following-on. They lost 5 wickets for 56 runs in the morning. Dexter (35*) tried to keep the game going, adding 40 runs with Harris in 14 overs, but it was all over half an hour after lunch as Middlesex were all out for 164 (Gregory 5-38). Somerset won by an innings and 179 runs.
Somerset resumed on day 2 at Lord's on 332-8 with Chawla 58* & Thomas 9*. The pair batted through the morning session, to go into the break on 413-8. Chawla was finally out just after lunch for 112 with the score on 417-9. The final pair added 32 runs, before Somerset were finally all out for 449, Ravi Patel taking 4-89.
In reply, Rogers was the first wicket to fall, which started the wickets tumbling and saw Middlesex 55-7 in the 19th over of their innings. Rayner and Harris added 49 for the 8th wicket, but when Harris was out for 12 at the end of the 36th over, the final two wickets quickly followed and Middlesex were all out for 106 with Rayner 34*. Chawla took 3-8 & Meschede 3-25.
Following on, Middlesex then lost two wickets before the close, and at stumps were 55-2 with Robson 26* and Malan 9*. We trail by 291 runs going into the 3rd day.
Somerset won the toss at Lord's and elected to bat first. It was a tough morning for the Middlesex bowlers as Somerset went into lunch on 101-1 with Compton the only wicket to fall for 31, 20 minutes before lunch. It was however, Middlesex's afternoon as Trescothick was out lbw to Murtagh for 64 shortly after lunch. Hildreth then followed 5 overs later with the score on 139-3. Jones, joined by Kieswetter pushed the total on, but when Jones was out for 58, three more wickets fell in 5 overs, adding just 5 runs, leaving the total on 211-7. Barrow and Chawla then halted the destruction, adding 107 for the 8th wicket, which came just before the close as Barrow was out for 65. At stumps, Somerset were 332-8 with Chawla 58* and Thomas 9*. Neil Dexter was the pick of the bowlers on Day 1 with 3-52.
Middlesex began the final day on 25-2, chasing a target of 297 to win. Robson and Voges took the score to 61 before Robson was bowled by Groenewald. Morgan was next to fall, chopping onto his stumps and skipper Neil Dexter lasted just 2 balls before being bowled by Footit to leave Middlesex on 85-5. Voges made 48 from 83 balls before he was brilliantly caught by Hughes. Berg and Simpson came together and played positively until Simpson was caught at cover in the over before lunch.
Berg and Rayner resumed after lunch on 121-7, still requiring 176 runs to win. Berg bought up his 50 from 76 balls and the pair added 85 before Berg was out for 71. Rayner & Roland-Jones added another 30 runs for the 9th wicket before being given out caught down the legside. Murgtagh made 1 before being caught to leave Rayner stranded on 46 not out and Middlesex 240 all out, losing by 56 runs.
Middlesex collected 4 points from this game and lie 2nd in the Division One table, 33 points behind Yorkshire in first place.
Middlesex begain the 3rd morning on 197-6, chasing Derbyshire's first innings total of 385. Simpson was run out for 36 before Murtagh and Rayner came together to put on 25 runs which meant Middlesex had avoided the follow on. Rayner bought up his 50 before Murtagh was out for 10. Finn quickly followed leaving Rayner 52 not out and Middlesex all out for 249, collecting only one batting point from the innings and 136 runs behind Derbyshire.
Middlesex began well, with Murtagh having Slater caught by a diving Simpson with the 2nd ball of the innings, and then having Madsen caught by Denly in the 3rd over. Finn trapped Hughes LBW to leave the hosts on 16-3. Johnson and Chanderpaul put on 52 for the 4th wicket before Roland-Jones had Chanderpaul caught in front. Johnson bought up his 50 and added a further 48 runs in partnership with A. Hughes for the 5th wicket, taking the score to 116-4. The last 6 wickets fell for just 44 runs, with Rayner taking 5 of them, to leave this hosts 160 all out and Middlesex the target of 297 runs to win.
Robson & Denly opened the innings with 9 overs left in the day. Denly was trapped in front with a ball that kept low and then night watchman Steven Finn was trapped in front by Groenewald, before the bowler had to leave the field after turning his ankle, leaving the visitors 11-2. Voges and Robson saw out the remaining final 4 overs of the day to leave Middlesex on 25-2, needing a further 272 runs to win on the final day.
Derbyshire resumed day 2 on 279-6. Murtagh took a wicket in the first over (his 50th Championship wicket this summer) dismissing Burgoyne for 23 and then James Harris had Higginbottom caught by Morgan in the 2nd over to leave the hosts 284-8. That bought Groenewald to the crease who attacked the bowlers and scored a quickfire 49 from 48 balls, he helped Derbyshire bring up the 350 to achieve 4 bonus batting points. His dismissal, with a ball to spare in the 110th over also gave Middlesex their 3rd bowling bonis point. Footit joined Madsen and the final pair added a further 35 runs before Toby Roalnd-Jones finally has Footit caught by Rayner - the hosts making 385 in the first innings, Madsen batting for 6 1/2 hours for his 138*.
This left a tricky 20 mins for the Middlesex opening pair of Robson and Denly to navigate through to lunch. Robson was caught behind for 16, and in that innings he became the second batsmen this summer to bring up 1000 Championship runs. Denly was dismissed for 4, which bought Voges and Morgan to the crease. The pair took Middlesex's total to 75-3 before Morgan was out caught for 38. Voges bought up his 50 (his 3rd in 6 innings for Middlesex this summer) and he and Dexter put on 53 for the 4th wicket before 3 wickets fell in 6 overs. Simpson and Rayner added 43 before the close to leave Middlesex 197-6, trailing by 188 runs and still needing 39 runs to avoid the follow on.
Middlesex won the toss and asked Derbyshire to bat first at the County Ground. James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones were back in the side after both have recovered from injuries.
Derbyshire lost their first wicket for 37, bringing their skipper Madsen to the crease. Slater and Madsen put on 81 runs before James harris took the wicket of Slater after he had just reached his fifty. Ollie Rayner dismissed Chanderpaul cheaply, leaving he home side on 123-3.
Voges took his fist Championship wicket for Middlesex this summer dismissing Johnson for 33, but Madsen was still their for the hosts and became the first player this season to make 1000 championship runs when he reached 49.
A 66 run partnership then followed before Murtagh trapped Hughes for 33.
Poynton joined Madsen who reached his third championship hundred of the season (off 204 balls, 10 fours) before Murtagh bowled Poynton for a single, Burgoyne joined Madsen with the total on 255-6 and he scored freely, reaching 19 not out off 28 balls as the hosts ended the day on 279-6; Wayne Madsen is 105 not out
Tim Murtagh had figures of 2-35 from 17 overs with Gareth Berg taking 1-46 in 15 overs, James Harris 1-76 in 20 overs, Ollie Rayner 1-40 in 16 overs, Adam Voges 1-10 in 6 overs with Toby Roland-Jones being unlucky to finish with figures of 0-47 from 19 overs.
It took Middlesex just over an hour to make the 44 runs needed to win this Championship fixture on day three. Resuming overnight on 103-2 Middlesex lost Voges early in on for 36. Dexter joined Morgan at the crease with 41 runs to win. With the scores level Dexter was out caught for 25 - so it was left to John Simpson to hit the single run needed for the win. Eoin Morgan finished 39 not out.
Middlesex take 19 points from the game which leaves them in 3rd place in the Division One table - 4 points behind Sussex in 2nd with a game in hand.
A further 17 wickets fell on Day 2 of this LV=CC match at Lord's. Middlesex resumed on Day 2 on 126-5 and were all out for 168, leading by just 25 runs after 50 minutes of play, after a destructive Onions ended with figures of 7-62.
Stoneman was out for a duck in the first over with no score on the board, and at lunch Durham had lost a further 2 wickets and were 43-3. Stokes and Smith got their heads down and added a further 65 runs for the 4th wicket, before Smith was out for 30, he was then followed by Collingwood in the next over. Stokes was out just after reaching his half century for 51 and Richardson was out in the same over, leaving Durham 129-7. Thorp and Mustard then added 39 runs for the 8th wicket, but then the last 3 wickets fell quickly and Durham were all out for 171, leaving Middlesex needing 147 runs to win.
Middlesex lost both openers before the close, but at stumps were 103-2, needing 44 runs to win, with Voges 36* and Morgan 24*.
Middlesex won the toss at Lord's and put Durham into bat on an overcast morning. Durham got off to a bad start and had been reduced to 13-3 in their 5th over. The middle order of Smith, Stokes & Collingwood tried to create partnerships but at lunch Durham were 73-5. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals after lunch and Durham were dismissed for 143, with Finn taking 4-46 and Simpson 5 catches.
In reply, Middlesex's top order also fell quickly and in the 9th over we were 15-3. Both Morgan and Simpson were also out before the close. A total of 15 wickets were lost on the opening day, and at stumps Middlesex were 126-5 with Dexter 40* and Berg 28* - they trail by 17 runs going into day 2 with 5 wickets remaining.
Highlights of the final days play at Hove which sees Middlesex secure a 10 wicket win over Sussex and collect 24 points.
After Middlesex added a further 51 runs with their last five wickets to gain a first innings lead of 267 runs, Middlesex, with Steve Finn replacing Gurjit Sandhu under the returning England player regulations, reduced Sussex to 45-4 to raise hopes of a three day win. However, Luke Wright who was the Sussex saviour at Lord's, responded with an innings of 151 not out as Sussex ended the day on 288-6, a lead of 21 runs. With the new ball available after one over in the morning, Middlesex will still hope for a win before lunch on the final day.
Middlesex dominated proceedings on Day 2 of their LV=CC match v Sussex at Hove, with a fine innings of 166 for Sam Robson. Resuming on 44-0, Malan was out in the 5th over of the morning for 32. This brough Denly to the crease, who looked to be in a hurry, concentrating on attack. Denly brought up his 50 off just 64 balls, and Robson brought up his a few balls later. The pair were making strong inroads into Sussex's total and put Middlesex in a strong position going into lunch on 180-1. Denly was out just after lunch for a quick 77. Voges, joined Robson at the crease and took Middlesex past Sussex's 1st innings total of 229. With a lead of one Voges was out for 22, but this brought captain Dexter to the crease and he and Robson added 102 for the 4th wicket, before Dexter was out for 48. Robson was the final wicket to fall of the day for 166, and at stumps Middlesex were 445-5 with Simpson 39* and Berg 26*. We lead by 216 runs.
Middlesex won the toss down at Hove and elected to bowl first. The Sussex openers made a good start on a green tinged wicket. Wells was out to County Championship debutant Gurjit Sandhu with the score on 48, and was swiftly followed by Yardy, leaving Sussex on 49-2. This brought Joyce to the crease and he looked good from the off. Sussex lost a third wicket, in Nash, before lunch for 40, and then Hamilton-Brown just after the break, which brought Wright to the crease, and they added 66 for the 5th wicket. But when Wright was out for 22, this started somewhat of a collapse, which saw Sussex 196-8. Joyce was our just after reaching his century for 101, and Sussex were then all out in the following over for 229 (Gareth Berg 3-49).
This left a tricky 13 overs for the Middlesex openers, Robson and Malan, to see out the day, which they did and at stumps Middlesex were 44 without loss with Malan 27* and Robson 11*.
Middlesex resumed on the final day on 147-5, still trailing by 30 runs. Voges and nightwatchman Roland-Jones managed to add 40 runs in the opening 40 minutes before Roland-Jones was out for 16. Middlesex had a lead of 34 when they lost their 7th wicket, and then lost the next two wickets, including Voges (51) for 42 runs. Patel however held Warwickshire up, adding a further 33 runs with Collymore for the final wicket, which left Warwickshire needing 110 runs to win.
Two early wickets for Rayner got Middlesex off to a great start with the ball and saw Warwickshire 5-2. Collymore was also bowling well from the other end and took the third with the score on 21. Warwickshire lost their 4th wicket with the score on 54-4, and another wicket might've tipped things in Middlesex's favour, but Ambrose kept going, grabbing runs when possible & taking Warwickshire ever closer to the their target. With 12 needed to win, Ambrose was out for 47, but Woakes & Clarke saw their team over the line to a 5 wicket win (Rayner 2-33).
Middlesex resumed on 177-4 on Day 3 with Voges 81* and Simpson 50*. Simpson was out for 63 after they had added 180 runs for the 5th wicket. But one wicket bought more and 4 wickets fell for just 19 runs in 7 overs, leaving Middlesex on 227-8. Voges was still there however, and joined by Patel, who settled in defending at the other end, he continued to push towards avoiding the follow-on, adding 72 runs for the 9th wicket. But it was Voges who was the 9th wicket to fall, for a fantastic innings of 150, and Middlesex were soon all out for 309, still trailing by 177 runs (Barker 4-47, Patel 4-119).
Asked to follow-on, both openers were out before much of the deficit had been removed, but that bought Denly (37) & Dexter (36) together, who added 68 runs for the 3rd wicket, but both were out in relatively quick succession & Middlesex were 110-4. This brought Voges and Simpson back together. The pair tried to bat through till stumps but Simpson was out just before, and at stumps Middlesex were 147-5, still trailing by 30 runs with Voges 15* & Roland-Jones 1*.
Warwickshire resumed on Day 2 at Uxbridge on 269-2, but Javid was out early in the 6th over of the morning for 22. Ambrose then joined Chopra and helped pile on the runs, before he was out for 60 with the score on 381-4. Woakes and Clarke added some useful runs to the total, as Chopra reached his double century. Warwickshire declared shortly after Clarke was out on 486-6 with Chopra the stand-out performance, not out on 228. Collymore took 2-63 & Rayner 2-96.
In reply, Middlesex didn't get off to a good start as the top order fell quickly, with 4 wickets lost in the first 5 overs, leaving the home-side reeling on 28-4. However, Voges and Simpson took a stand and steadied the ship, batting through the evening session, with both reaching their half centuries. At stumps Middlesex were 177-4 with Voges 81* and Simpson 50*.
Warwickshire won the toss at Uxbridge and elected to bat first. Stand-in captain Chopra was dropped twice early on, before he'd even scored, but then proceeded to bat throughout the day. Westwood was the more dominant of the opening pair, scoring his runs quickly. But he was the first to be dismissed for 65 just after lunch. The only other wicket to fall in the day was that of Evans for 37 in the evening session, and at stumps Warwickshire were 269-2 with Chopra 141* and Javid 16*.
Neil Dexter and John Simpson resumed the Middlesex 2nd innings, needing a further 78 runs to make Yorkshire bat again and in the fourth over of the day, John Simpson drove Patterson straight to short mid-off where Pyrah took the catch to dismiss him for 21.
Gareth Berg joined Dexter and the pair took the total to 155-5 before Dexter was bowled by Sidebottom for 36. Gareth Berg again looked in good touch but he lost Ollie Rayner as a partner when Plunkett trapped him LBW for a duck. James Harris joined Berg and Adil Rashid then came on.
Berg hit Rashid for successive fours and with James Harris batting solidly, the pair took Middlesex to 199-7 after 66 overs. It was Steve Patterson who got the breakthrough when he had Harris LBW for fourteen.
Tim Murtagh survived the last ball of Patterson's over but, two balls later, Gareth Berg's resistance ended when he was caught at extra-cover for 38, off Aidil Rashid. Last man, Corey Collymore joined Murtagh with a further six runs needed to avoid an innings defeat. The pair added a further ten runs to the total before Rashid held a return catch to dismiss Collymore for five; Tim Murtagh was 3 not out in a Middlesex total of 219. Rashid had figures of 5-78 in 24.4 overs with Sidebottom taking 2-17 in 11 overs, Patterson 2-40 in 16 overs with Plunkett taking 1-46 in 13 overs.
With Yorkshire needing just five runs for victory, Middlesex opened the bowling with Ollie Rayner's off-spin at the Nursery End and Joe Denly's leg-breaks at the Pavilion End. After Lyth played out a maiden over from Rayner, just three leg-byes came off Joe Denly's over followed by another maiden over from Rayner. However, Adam Lyth struck the fourth ball of Denly's second over to the extra-cover boundary to complete a ten wicket win for Yorkshire.
It was a difficult day for Middlesex as Yorkshire took control on the third day of the LV= County Championship match at Lord's, as 13 Middlesex wickets fell. Middlesex resuming on 16-1 were all out for 175 in their 1st innings with Berg top scoring with 54. Following on, Middlesex were 137-4 at stumps still trailing by 78 runs, with Dexter 25* and Simpson 20* (Robson 46).
Middlesex fought back well on day 2 of the LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Lord's. Lees (100) was out to the first ball of the day and was followed by Sayers in the next over, which saw Yorkshire 220-4. Gale was then joined by Rashid and they put on 109 runs for the 5th wicket, before Gale was out for 103 just before lunch after reaching his century. The last five wickets fell for 61 runs, and Yorkshire were finally all out for 390 (Rayner 3-44, Harris 3-48, Murtagh 3-93). In reply, Middlesex lost Robson in the 4th over, before bad light stopped play and tea was taken. They got out for 5 balls after tea, but were off again after that. Bad light and rain then meant there was no more play. Middlesex were 16-1 at stumps with Rogers 6* and Denly 0*.
Yorkshire won the toss at Lord's for this LV= County Championship match and chose to bat first. In a rain affected day the Yorkshire openers had to work hard against the Middlesex attack. Lyth was out in the 13th over with the score on 32. Jaques then fell in the 24th over for 20 just before another rain break. Young opener Lees, who scored his maiden first-class 50, followed by his maiden first-class century just before the close, and captain Gale were able to bat through to the close adding 145 runs. At stumps Yokshire were 215-2 with Lees 100* and Gale 61*
Sussex resumed on 228-4 on day 4 with Wright and Joyce at the crease. The pair continued to bat well and took Sussex into the lead for the first time in the match. Joyce was out just before lunch, just short of his century and was followed by Brown and then Jordan just after lunch. Beer then joined Wright at the crease and they added 101 runs for the 8th wicket partnership before Beer was out for 39. Wright was finally out for a career best 187 and Sussex were finally all out for 454, leaving Middlesex needing 178 runs to win off 20 overs. Middlesex gave it a go but when they were 50-3 after 8 overs the match was declared a draw.
Sussex resumed their first innings with Beer & Wright at the crease on 147-7 & Middlesex opened with Ollie Rayner's and James Harris. Luke Wright reached a 74 ball fifty and Toby Roland-Jones replaced Harris after five overs. Beer continued to offer solid support to Wright and the pair saw Sussex to a batting bonus point when they reached 200-7 in the 72nd over. Neil Dexter was bought into the attack and in his second over, got the breakthrough when he had Beer caught behind for 25.
With the next ball, Ollie Rayner held a superb return catch to dismiss Wright for 77. Lunch was delayed slightly as the last wicket pair of Magoffin and Liddle added seventeen runs before Rayner trapped Magoffin LBW for ten & Sussex were all out for 222. Ollie Rayner had figures of 5-63.
Midlesex enforced the follow on and Sussex began their 2nd innings after lunch 277 runs behind. They lost a wicket to the last ball of the opening over when Tim Murtagh trapped Luke Wells LBW for a duck. Michael Yardy joined Chris Nash and the pair took the visitors' to 32-1 in the 8th over before play was held up for five minutes due to light rain.
Nash and Yardy took the total to 67-1 before Yardy played a Rayner delivery towards backward point and called for a run. However, Joe Denly threw a direct hit on the stumps and Nash was run out for 36. Ed Joyce joined Yardy and the pair took Sussex to 85-2. In the last over before tea before Yardy got a top-edge and Rogers took the catch to dismiss Yardy for 41 off the bowling of Harris.
After tea, Matt Prior joined his captain. The total reached 123-4 before Prior hit a Harris delivery straight to mid-on where Murtagh took a good catch. Wright joined Joyce at the crease. Middlesex rang the bowling changes in an effort to get a breakthrough but Joyce stood firm in reaching an 86 ball fifty (6 fours) out of a total of 190-4. The pair were still together at the close of play with Joyce on 75 not out and Wright 48 not out in a total of 228-4.
Middlesex resumed on 320-3 with Rogers 161* and Dexter 62*. The pair saw Middlesex through to their 4th batting point before Rogers was out for a superb 184 as they looked to push on. Dexter continued to bat well along with Simpson and he reached his first century of the season before lunch, he was then out just before lunch for 104 with the score on 420-5. Simpson made 50 and Berg a quick fire 39, before Middlesex declared on 499-8, leaving 51 overs in the day.
Nash was out early to Murtagh with the score on 18, and Wells followed before tea. But it was the evening session which saw Middlesex dominate and 5 wickets fall, including 3 for Ollie Rayner (3-47), and Sussex on 117-7. Luke Wright steadied the boat for Sussex and he and Beer put on 40 runs without loss to see Sussex through to stumps. Sussex will resume on Day 3 on 147-7 with Wright 38* and Beer 6*.
Middlesex enjoyed the best of the opening day of the LV= County Championship against Sussex at Lord’s. On a glorious summer’s day, Ed Joyce won the toss for Sussex and surprisingly decided to ask Middlesex to bat first. Middlesex made two changes from the side that drew at Durham two weeks ago with Dawid Malan being dropped in favour of Adam London and with Tim Murtagh returning from Ireland duty to replace Corey Collymore.
Rogers & Robson opened up for Middlesex and Robson outscored his more illustrious partner to reach a 74 ball fifty (8 fours) in the 23rd over - the pair registered their fourth century opening partnership of the season before Robson was LBW to a Will Beer leg-break, on the stoke of lunch for 54 out of a total of 100-1.
Joe Denly joined Rogers immediately after lunch and Rogers batted with increasing confidence with Denly battling bravely as the pair added fifty-two runs for the second wicket before Denly was bowled through the gate by Will Beer who had returned to replace Liddle at the Nursery End. Adam London, appearing in a County Championship match for the first time since 2010, was at the crease with Rogers when he reached his second hundred of the season in the 58th over (off 167 balls, 12 fours) but then, with the total on 197-2, London was given out LBW for 18. Neil Dexter joined Rogers and the pair saw Middlesex to 212-3 at tea.
After tea Rogers and Dexter took Middlesex to 262-3 after 80 overs but Sussex skipper Ed Joyce delayed taking the new ball. Chris Nash returned to replace Beer for the 86th over and Dexter reached an 84 ball fifty (6 fours). The hundred partnership came up in the same over and after a single in the 88th over, Sussex took the new ball with the total on 298-3.
Rogers brought up his 150 in the 92nd over and despite suffering from cramp after batting all-day, Rogers was still there at the close of play with 161 not out from a total of 320-3 with Neil Dexter on 62 not out.
After a massively rain affected third day, Durham resumed on Day 4 on 89-1 with a 152 run lead. Some tight bowling and 3 wickets in the morning saw Durham going into lunch with not quite enough runs for a declaration, on 177-4 with a lead of 240 runs. Durham pushed on with the bat after lunch, declaring on 240-6 with Borthwick 82*, and setting Middlesex 304 to win off 51 overs. After losing Robson early, Rogers and Denly put on 84 runs for the 2nd wicket, before Rogers was out for 54. Denly batted for 3 hours in total, helping Middlesex to an important draw, and although no-one else reached double figures, Middlesex made it through to the close with 4 wickets still in hand - 165-6 with Denly 73*.
Only 18 overs were possible on the third day up at the Emirates Durham ICG, due to the weather. Durham pushed on adding a further 52 runs to their lead, and Harris took the wicket of Stoneman for 50. At stumps, Durham are 89-1, leading by 152 runs going into the 4th and final day.
It was a difficult day for Middlesex up at Durham, and a delayed start followed by several rain delays throughout the day didn't help them batsmen as Middlesex resumed on Day 2 on 11-2. When Middlesex were 35-5 in the 26th over there was talk of the follow-on, but Simpson (42) and Dexter (52) added 68 runs in 16 overs for the 6th wicket. Berg was out soon after Simpson with the score on 119, but Harris joined Dexter & they steadied again. Dexter was out shortly after getting his half century with the score on 151. Harris (37) & Roland-Jones(19) then added 45 runs for the 9th wicket but were out in successive overs, leaving Middlesex all out for 196, just short of a batting point and trailing by 63 runs (Onions 5-39). Durham batted for the remaining 12 overs without a hitch and at stumps were 37 without loss, leading by 100 runs.
Middlesex won the toss up at the Emirates Durham ICG and chose to bowl first. Despite an early wicket from Collymore, Durham saw out the rest of the first session & went into lunch on 100-1. A dropped catch by Robson gave Durham 5 penalty runs as the ball rolled onto a discarded helmet. Borthwick (52) & Jennings (38) added 101 runs for the 2nd partnership before they were out in quick succession, followed by another two wickets, which saw Durham on 149-5. Smith (37) and Mustard (62) steadied the ship with a 55 run partnership, but wickets then fell at regular intervals & Durham were finally all out for 259 (Collymore 4-61, Harris 3-46, Berg 2-42, Dexter 1-15), leaving Middlesex with 8 tricky overs to bat. Middlesex lost both openers in the first two overs (3-2), but Denly & nightwatchman Smith survived through to the close. Middlesex will go into day two on 11-2 with Denly 4* & Smith 2*.
Somerset resumed their second innings on day 3 still 83 runs behind Middlesex with five wickets down. Buttler and Trego took their sixth wicket partnership to 122 before Trego was well caught by Neil Dexter in the gully off Murtagh's bowling for 82. Alfonso Thomas joined Buttler and the pair took Somerset to 185-6 -6 before Thomas was caught by Tom Smith at mid-wicket for 19, off James Harris. Buttler reached his fifty (off 124 balls, 7 fours) and in the same over, Somerset cleared the arrears. The pair were still together at lunch as Somerset reached 208-7 with Buttler 58 not out and Leach 9 not out.
After lunch, Tim Murtagh returned to the attack with Tom Smith continuing to bowl his left-arm spin at the River End. A shower of rain drove the players off the ground with the hosts on 222-7. Play resumed after a twelve minute delay and Tom Smith bowled Leach behind his legs, for 21. Buttler soon followed for 85 before he miscued a straight drive against Gareth Berg and Chris Rogers held a fine catch at deep mid-off.
Last man, Jamie Overton joined Kirby with the new ball available in a further 2.3 overs. With the light fading, Middlesex continued with Berg and Smith bowling and did not take the new ball. The total reached 265-9 after 84 overs and Middlesex took the new ball but before Murtagh could bowl a ball however, the umpires brought the players off the field due to bad light and an early tea was taken.
Play resumed after tea and it took Murtagh only five balls to take the final wicket of the innings when he trapped Kirby LBW for seven. Somerset were all out for 265 to leave Middlesex needing just 71 runs to win. Tim Murtagh bowled splendidly to finish with figures of 6-49 from 21.5 overs, giving him match figures of 10-77.
Chris Rogers and Sam Robson opened the innings but the rain arrived with Middlesex 11-0. Play resumed at 6.20pm with 5.3 overs remaining plus an extra half hour being available to get a result. Middlesex reached 39-0 after the 5.3 overs and the extra half hour was claimed.
Rogers played on and was bowled by Overton for 25 off the third ball of the first extra over and Joe Denly came to the crease. Robson and Denly finished the job with 2.3 overs to spare and Middlesex won by nine wickets with Sam Robson 24 not out and Joe Denly 14 not. The win takes Middlesex back to the top of the table with 79 points, with Yorkshire on 76 points and Durham on 70.5 points.
Day 2 down in Taunton was definitely Middlesex's day. Middlesex resumed on 292-8 in the morning, and added a further 55 runs before they were all out for 347 (Dexter 82). In reply, Somerset had just 36 runs on the board when Murtagh struck, taking two wickets in two balls (Trescothick 24), and at lunch they were 52-3. The wickets continued to tumble, and Somerset were all out at tea for 152 (Trego top scoring with 34), trailing by 195 runs. Murtagh was the top wicket scorer with 4-28.
Middlesex enforced the follow-on, and it looked like the best idea when Murtagh struck with the 3rd ball, bowling Suppiah for 0. The next four wickets fell in quick succession and with Somerset floundering on 35-5 (four more wickets for Murtagh), it looked like it might be over in two days. However, Trego & Buttler steadied the Somerset ship and batted through the final 22 overs of the day unscathed. Somerset will go into day three on 112-5 (Trego 58* & Buttler 20*), 83 runs behind.
Somerset won the toss down in Taunton and on a green tinged pitch put Middlesex into bat first. Openers Rogers and Robson got off to a good start, putting on 76 runs in 24 overs before Robson was out for 42. Rogers was then joined by Denly, who dominated the scoring after the lunch break, with his first 10 scoring shots being boundaries. Both Rogers (57) and Denly (55) bought up their 50s, but then Middlesex lost 3 wickets in 10 balls, with both them and Malan getting out. Middlesex had gone from 158-1 to 162-4. Simpson and Dexter started to put Middlesex back in the driving seat but another cluster of wickets saw Middlesex reduced from 211-4 to 222-7 in the space of 5 overs. Dexter continued to push on thought and brought up his 50, and brought up the 250 with Roland-Jones. They added 48 runs for the 8th wicket before Roland-Jones was Jamie Overton's 4th wicket, caught by Hildreth for 21. Dexter & Smith then saw Middlesex through to the close. Middlesex will resume on Day 2 on 293-8 with Dexter 73* & Smith 9*.
In a very rain affected 4th day at Edgbaston, only 21 overs were possible, and with a draw inevitable it was all about bonus points. Warwickshire resumed on 267-5, as they looked for more batting bonus points in the 110 overs. They reached 350 in the alloted overs and with three wickets for Murtagh, who ended up with a 5-wicket haul (5-85), Middlesex got a 2nd bowling point. Warwickshire took 8 points from the draw and Middlesex 10, which returned them to the top of the County Championship table.
Middlesex declared overnight on 428-5 with Robson 215*. The bowlers had to wait for the 15th over for the first wicket, but it was the only wicket to fall in the morning session. Evans had to retired hurt on 59* after being hit on the hand by a ball from Finn, which brought Bell to the crease to join fellow England team mate, Trott. Their partnership didn't last long as Trott was dismissed for 65 by Murtagh in the 58th over. Two overs later he also had the wicket of Troughton for 0. Bell (62) and Ambrose (55) then added 96 runs for the 4th wicket partnership. However, both were out before the close, falling lbw to Collymore. Warwickshire were 267-5 at the close.
Middlesex resumed on day 2 on 280-3 with Robson 136* and Dexter 21*. They added 45 runs in the morning before Dexter (46) was out just short of this 50. Robson however, kept adding on the runs, and after Simpson was out for 19, he and Berg went on to secure the fifth and final batting point, off the last ball of the 110th over. Robson's double century was next on the cards, coming off 303 balls, including 20 fours, and after accelerating the run rate he surpassed his previous highest first class score of 204 - a superb batting display. Rain intervened however, and play ended for the day at about 2.30pm, with Middlesex 428-5 with Robson 215* and Berg 23*.
Middlesex enjoyed the first day of the LV= County Championship match against defending champions, Warwickshire at Edgbaston. On a rain shortened day, Middlesex made 280-3 from 72.5 overs after skipper Chris Rogers won the toss and opted to bat first on a very good wicket. Sam Robson scored his second successive championship hundred and finished on 136 not out but unfortunately three Middlesex batsmen were dismissed in their thirties.
Boyd Rankin picked up the wicket of Chris Rogers for 33. Joe Denly joined Robson at the wicket the total reached 162-1 after 41 overs before Denly, who had batted determinedly, survived a difficult chance to Evans at short-leg off Jeetan Patel.
Robson reached his hundred in the following over from Clarke, off 128 balls (14 fours) and with Denly, took Middlesex to 180-1 before Denly was dismissed for 35.
Malan looked in good touch, and scored 37 before he was disappointed to be given out LBW, not playing a shot, by umpire Steve Gale off Patel's bowling. Neil Dexter joined Robson with the score on 241-3. The Edgbaston floodlights were switched on at 4.30pm but after a further few overs the rain came and no further play was possible. A total of 23 overs were lost from the days' play. Middlesex were 280-3 after 72.5 overs with Sam Robson 136 not out (off 214 balls, 16 fours) and Neil Dexter 21 not out.
Middlesex resumed on the 4th and final day at Lord's Cricket Ground on 283-2 with Rogers 131* & Finn 4*, leading by 111 runs. Nightwatchman Finn was out early for 8, which bought Malan to the crease, and he along with Rogers added 130 for the 4th wicket. Some supremely confident batting from Rogers saw him to his double century, which came off 293 deliveries. He was finally out for 214, with the score 417-4. Malan followed 3 balls later for 47 and Stirling not long after that, and Middlesex went into lunch on 420-6 leading by 248 runs. Dexter (59) and Simpson (30*) had some fun with the bat after lunch. Dexter was then out with the score on 510, and when Roland-Jones was out in the next over, Chris Rogers declared on 514-8 leading by 342 runs - the highest score from Middlesex against Surrey at Lord's ever. In reply, Surrey lost Burns in the 17th over, but with the score on 85-1, the captains shook hands for a draw.
A record opening stand by Chris Rogers & Sam Robson in Middlesex's second innings saw the home side make a stunning fightback on Day 3 at Lord's. Middlesex's first innings didn't last long in the morning as Collymore was out in the 4th over of the day. Middlesex were all out for 166, leaving them 172 runs behind and Surrey enforced the follow-on. Rogers & Robson knew they had a job on their hands and they didn't disappoint, and they knocked off the 172 run deficit without losing a wicket. Fantastic batting for both openers offered few opportunities for the Surrey attack, and centuries for both followed. With the partnership on 259 (breaking a 106 year record), after 73 overs at the crease Robson was out for 129. Denly was also out just before the close for 12, but Rogers (131*) and nightwatchman Finn (4*) reached the close with the score on 283-2. Middlesex will go into the fourth and final day with a lead of 111 runs.
Tim Murtagh took the wicket of Steven Davies in the 2nd over of the morning, without adding to his overnight score of 24. Gary Wilson joined Zander de Bruyn and the pair saw Surrey collect their third batting bonus point in the last available over for bonus points; Middlesex had to be content with their solitary bowling bonus point.
The pair took Surrey to 311-5 before Toby Roland-Jones got an edge which was taken by 'keeper John Simpson to dismiss de Bruyn for 34. Paul Stirling took his first LV= County Championship wicket when he had Gareth Batty (4) well caught by Chris Rogers at short extra-cover.
Chris Tremlett joined Wilson and the pair took Surrey to 333-7 before Corey Collymore, Tremlett caught by 'keeper John Simpson who dived in front of first slip to take the catch . Collymore then trapped Tim Linley LBW for a single before Paul Stirling wrapped things up when he had last-man Jade Dernbach again brilliantly caught by Chris Rogers who dived forward to take a one-handed catch at short extra-cover. Dernrbach failed to trouble the scorers whilst Wilson finished on 30 not out in a Surrey total of 338.
Tim Murtagh had figures of 3-54 from 26 overs with Corey Collymore taking 3-72 from 23 overs, Paul Stirling 2-42 in 16 overs, Toby Roland-Jones 1-62 from 25 overs and Steve Finn 1-69 from 25 overs.
Middlesex began their reply immediately after lunch and with openers Chris Rogers and Sam Robson. Rogers having made 21 was bowled by de Bruyn off an inside edge. Joe Denly joined Robson and the pair batted solidly, to take Middlesex to 72-1 before Dernbach had Joe Denly LBW for 21.
Batty was brought on and with his first delivery,had Malan LBW for thirteen although the batsman clearly thought that he had hit it. Neil Dexter joined Sam Robson and the pair took Middlesex to tea on 92-3.
Zander de Bruyn continued his spell after tea, and with his fifth delivery, he had Robson caught by Davies without an addition to the total. John Simpson joined Dexter and the pair added 29 runs for the fifth wicket before Jade Dernbach took the wickets of Dexter and Paul Stirling off successive deliveries. Dexter was well caught by Solanki at first slip for sixteen and Stirling was LBW for a first ball duck.
Toby Roland-Jones survived the 'hat-trick' ball and batted with confidence, taking Middlesex to 137-6 before John Simpson was dismissed for 17 by Batty. Roland-Jones fell in the following over for 17 caught & bowled by Tremlett to leave the hosts on 141-8. Tim Murtagh and Steve Finn took Middlesex to 161-8 before Finn was trapped LBW by Linley off the last ball of the penultimate over as Middlesex ended the day on 161-9.
Surrey probably had the best of the first day of the LV= County Championship match at a sun drenched Lord's. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Surrey, after losing Graeme Smith early, battled through the day on which the scoring rate only got above two runs an over in mid-afternoon.
Arun Harinath joined Burns and the pair set about the recovery with stern defence against the miserly Middlesex attack. Steve Finn conceded just nine runs off his opening spell of six overs at the Pavilion End and Tim Murtagh had figures of 1-8 from eight overs before he was replaced by Toby Roland-Jones. The Surrey pair battled through to lunch which came with the visitors on just 45-1 after thirty overs (Burns 32 not out from 106 balls).
Harinarth reached his fifty off 127 balls (7 fours); that brought the Surrey total to 107-1 from 53 overs, the first time that the scoring rate exceeded two runs an over. Surrey went into tea on 144-1 with Burns 82 not out and Harinath 57 not out.
Finn struck in the second over after the break when he had Arun Harinath caught at the wicket for 61. Former Worcestershire stalwart, Vikram Solanki joined Burns who reached his second LV= County Championship hundred of the season in the 77th over (off 251 balls, 10 fours) and with Solanki, took the visitors to 199-2 after 80 overs at which point, Middlesex took the new ball.
Corey Collymore shared the new-ball with Murtagh and it was Collymore who got the wicket of Solanki who was caught at the wicket for 43. Zander de Bruyn joined Burns and the pair took Surrey to 234-3 in the 87th over before Burns fine effort ended when he was bowled by Tim Murtagh for 114.
Steven Davies then batted confidently and took ten runs off the final over of the day, bowled by Corey Collymore, as the visitors reached 267-4 with Davies 24 not out and de Bruyn 12 not out. Tim Murtagh had figures of 2-39 from 19 overs with Steve Finn taking 1-58 in 20 overs and Corey Collymore taking 1-68 in 19 overs.
After Derbyshire bowled out Middlesex for 215 to gain a first innings lead of sixteen runs, the hosts proceeded to bowl Derbyshire out for just 60 in only 35 overs.
Tim Murtagh destroyed the early Derbyshire batting before a Toby Roland-Jones' hat-trick, finished them off. After losing Sam Robson for a first ball duck, skipper Chris Rogers and Joe Denly steered Middlesex home by nine wickets with a day and 22.2 overs to spare. The win sees Middlesex at the top of the LV= County Championship table with 43 points from their opening two matches.
Resuming on 205-9, Derbyshire were able to add another 26 runs to their total before Murtagh took the last wicket of Groenewald half an hour into the morning session. In reply, Middlesex started well, but Rogers was then out for 16 with the score on 21-1. Denly looked in good touch when he joined Robson at the crease, and they added 51 for the 2nd wicket, when Denly was out for 34. He was swiftly followed by Malan in the next over and Dexter a couple of overs later, leaving Middlesex on 90-4 when the rain arrived. After the rain delay, Robson went on to record his third consecutive half century this season, and he and Simpson added 46 for the fifth wicket, when Robson was finally out for 68. Simpson followed in the next over, and with the score on 140-6 it looked like it might be Derbyshire's day. However, Berg and Rayner batted through to stumps and Middlesex will go into day 3 on 180-6 trailing by 51 runs.
As cricket returned to Lord's Ground for the first time in 2013, Middlesex won the toss and elected to field in this LV= County Championship match against Derbyshire. Madsen was out early as he was run out for a duck after a mix up with Godleman at the other end. However, he was the only wicket to fall in the morning as Derbyshire went into lunch on 59-1. Despite few wickets falling, it was slow going for the batsmen as tea came with them on 132-3. The Middlesex bowlers took control in the evening session, as Steven Finn struck three times in relatively quick succession, and three more fell before stumps. Derbyshire will go into Day 2 on 205-9 (Finn 4-36).
On the final morning of the LV= County Championship match at Trent Bridge, Middlesex got off to the perfect start when Toby Roland-Jones had Andre Adams caught at second slip by Ollie Rayner off the first ball of the day. Nottinghamshire were 182 all out and that left Middlesex a minimum of 93 overs to score the 108 runs needed for victory in bright sunny conditions but with rain forecast for early afternoon. Toby Roland-Jones finished with figures of 2-75 from 15.1 overs (8-138 in the match); Tim Murtagh took 2-49 in 15 overs, Gareth Berg 1-12 in 5 overs, Neil Dexter 5-27 in 9 overs and Ollie Rayner 0-8 in 3 overs.
Chris Rogers and Sam Robson began positively and Middlesex reached 40-0 after just seven overs. Andre Adams replaced Shahzad at the Pavilion end in a last effort to get a breakthrough. Andy Carter replaced Luke Fletcher and only three singles were scored in the next four overs before eight runs came from Carter's third over. With Sam Robson taking ten runs off the following over, bowled by Adams, the match was virtually decided. Samit Patel then came on to try his left-arm spin with Carter switching to the Pavilion end.
Chris Rogers brought up his fifty off just 52 balls (7 fours) in the 21st over and with it, the hundred partnership. Robson reached an 84 ball fifty with his 7th four and finished things off with a cover driven four to complete a comprehensive ten wicket win for Middlesex, twenty minutes before lunch. Chris Rogers was 51 not out with Sam Robson 55 not out.
Middlesex picked up 23 points for this match.
Middlesex resumed on 297-6, leading Notts in the first innings by 19 runs with John Simpson 77* and Ollie Rayner 0* at the crease. A further 23 runs were added before Rayner fell to Shahzad. Harris, Roland-Jones and Murtagh all fell for 33 runs to leave Simpson stranded on 97* and Middlesex 353 all out, a first innings lead of 75 runs. Harris was off the field due to a hamstring twinge and Murtagh and Roland-Jones took the new ball. Murtagh bowled Cowans in the 3rd over and Lumb was trapped LBW by Roland-Jones in the next to leave Notts 6-2. Hales and Taylor added 47 for the 3rd wicket before Hales edged Berg behind for 32. Dexter was given the ball, and quickly removed Patel. A further 7 runs were added before Dexter removed Taylor, Wessells and Read in the same over, leaving the hosts on 68-7, still trailing Middlesex by 8 runs. Andre Adams batted positively with Shahzad and the pair added a quick 25 runs before Shahzad fell to Dexter, to give him his first 5 wicket haul of his career. Adams and Fletcher continued to take the attack to Middlesex sharing a 9th wicket partnership of 89 runs. Fletcher fell to Murtagh on 47 just before the players left the field for bad light. Notts will resume on 182-9, a lead of 107.
Resuming on 12-0, Middlesex's openers gave the side a good start putting 106 runs on for the 1st wicket. Rogers was the first to reach 50, passing 19,000 first class runs in the process. Rogers was out for 50, followed in the next over by Denly. Robson reached his 50 as Middlesex went into lunch 122-2. Three wickets fell after lunch as Malan, Dexter & Robson (76) were dismissed, and half an hour before tea, Middlesex were 175-5, 103 runs behind Nottinghamshire. Simpson & Berg, however, then had a fantastic 6th wicket partnership of 116 runs in 31 overs. Berg was the 6th wicket to fall just before the close, to the 2nd new ball. Middlesex will resume on Day 3 on 297-6 with a lead of 19 - Simpson 77* and Rayner 0*.
On the first day of the 2013 LV= County Championship season Toby Roland-Jones had career best figures of 6-63 as Middlesex fought back strongly on the opening day at Trent Bridge. Middlesex won the toss and elected to bowl first. Notts made a good start and put on 51 before Roland-Jones struck with consecutive balls dismissing first Hales for 20 & then Lumb for 0. Roland-Jones then took at further two wickets after lunch (Cowans for 61 & Patel for 36), as Notts went into tea on 189-4. The evening session was all Middlesex's however, as Notts went from 204-4 to 278 all out (Roland-Jones 6-63, Murtagh 2-86, Dexter 1-20). This left Middlesex's openers with two overs to bat before stumps, which they did without mishap. Middlesex will go into day two 12 without loss.
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