Middlesex celebrated their 150th Anniversary with a thirty overs-a-side match against the Royal Household Cricket Club in the beautiful surroundings of Frogmore, part of the Royal Estate in Home Park, Windsor.
On a glorious summer’s day, thirteen past and present Middlesex players, including ladies Beth Morgan and Emma Inglis played against the Royal Household with both teams and officials being introduced to HRH Duke of York before lunch which preceded the match.
The Middlesex team batted first and were made to struggle for runs against the Royal Household opening attack of Steve Nutt and Scott Ensom. Steve Finn, opening the batting with Emma Inglis was out in the fourth over of the innings for seven and Inglis was out for a duck in the following over from Nutt. Tim Murtagh fell in Ensom’s next over for four as Middlesex was reduced to 11-3. MCC President and Middlesex legend, Mike Gatting managed only a single before he was bowled by Charles Hollingworth.
Middlesex LV=CC captain Chris Rogers joined Beth Morgan at the wicket with the total on 27-4 in the 11th over and Rogers soon showed his class but was ably supported by Beth Morgan who played some fine leg-glances to the boundary. The left-handed Rogers demonstrated his versatility by occasionally switching to a right-hand stance but he hit Hollingworth for three sixes in the 20th over with his normal stance. Rogers and Beth Morgan took the total to 121-4 before Beth Morgan was run out for 32 (off 44 balls, 6 fours) by Craig Nel’s direct hit on the bowlers’ end stumps.
Eoin Morgan (no relation to Beth) joined Rogers and Morgan was soon in his stride by hitting three fours and a six in a Ortis Charles’ over – Charles a serving Guardsman, survived being shot in both legs by a sniper in Afghanistan. Rogers was out for 76 (off 44 balls, 4 sixes & 8 fours) and Morgan was LBW to Nick O’Neil for 29 to leave Middlesex on 168-7. David Nash joined Nick Gubbins who hit Bense for two successive sixes but Nash was bowled behind his legs by O’Neil for 11.
Ravi Patel joined Gubbins with the total on 206-8 and after Patel scored two singles off the first two balls he faced, Gubbins was magnificently caught by Shaun Baker who dived full-length on the mid-wicket boundary to hold a one-handed catch to dismiss Gubbins for 29 (off 11 balls). The batsmen crossed and after Ravi Patel scored a further single, Scott Ensom wrapped things up when he bowled Norman Cowans for a first ball duck as Middlesex were 209 all-out. Scott Ensom, who plays club cricket for Old Actonians in the Middlesex Championship, finished with figures of 4-10 in 4.5 overs whilst Shaun Baker took four catches in the field.
The years were then rolled back with Norman Cowans and Angus Fraser opening the Middlesex attack with Cowans bowling off a six pace run-up and getting the first wicket when he had Tom Mellor caught by Steve Finn at third slip for five. Fraser was as miserly as he used to be, conceding just seven runs in a four over spell and bowling Baker for 11. John Emburey and Ravi Patel then replaced Cowans and Fraser with the total on 28-2 after eight overs and Patel struck in his first over when he bowled Greg Holmes for ten.
Ross Bousfield struck John Emburey for two fours in his opening over before Ravi Patel had him smartly stumped by Emma Inglis for ten. John Emburey then had Kelvin Sutherland well stumped by Emma Inglis for nine and Charlie Gale caught by Tim Murtagh at leg-slip for two as the Royal Household slumped to 58-6 after sixteen overs. Scott Ensom joined Charles Hollingworth at the wicket and they enjoyed themselves against the gentle spin bowling of Eoin Morgan and Nick Gubbins.
Steve Finn replaced Eoin Morgan with the total on 99-6 but Ensom hit him for three fours in his first over before Hollingworth hit Finn, who was only bowling at a gentle medium-pace, for a six and a single in his following over to reach a 43 ball fifty (2 sixes & 6 fours). Nick Gubbins had Ensom caught by Eoin Morgan at mid-on for thirty and Nick O’Neil struck two fours in the penultimate over, bowled by Tim Murtagh. David Nash bowled the final over of the match and Hollingworth hit the first two balls of the over for a six and a four and with four singles off the remainder of the over, the Royal Household innings finished on 161-7 to leave Middlesex the winners by 48 runs.
Charles Hollingworth who finished on 66 not out was named as ‘man-of-the-match’ by Middlesex CCC Chairman Ian Lovett who then thanked all of the Royal Household and Middlesex staff for their help in arranging such a wonderful day.
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