Despite Critchley’s efforts, Middlesex close Day 3 on top. 20th
20th SEPTEMBER 2018
MIDDLESEX vs DERBYSHIRE
Specsavers County Championship Day 3 Thursday 20th September 2018
Peter Moore at Lords
MIDDLESEX 423 DERBYSHIRE 295
199 for 7
22-year-old Matt Critchley became Derbyshire’s youngest ever centurion at Lords, but the honours fell to the hosts as they put themselves in a strong position to press for victory on the final day of their County Championship game against Derbyshire.
The all rounder hit 105 and picked up four wickets as the home side closed the day with an advantage of 327 runs.
Derbyshire resumed their first innings on 222 for 6 with Matt Critchley on 87. On a grey September morning with drizzle around, the start of play was delayed until 12.
James Fuller opened the bowling from the nursery end and was despatched for two legside boundaries of the blade of Critchley. 23-year-old Critchley reached the landmark of three figures, to record his first Championship century of the season, which was made of 130 balls including 14 fours. The youngster added five more to his total when he attempted a hook shot from a slow bouncer from James Harris and was caught at slip for 105. Anuj Dal(23) then edged Harris to slip where Robson claimed his second assist of the morning. Harris was on fire in the shortened session when he had Tony Palladino plumb lbw for a duck, to give him figures for the morning of 3 for 9 of four overs. Derbyshire were still 21 shy of the follow on total when Lackie Ferguson made his way to the middle. The New Zealander, not normally accustomed to batting, decided the best form of defence is attack. He promptly hit Tim Murtagh for six to save the follow on and along with his partner at the crease Hardus Viljoen added 43 for the last wicket before Murtagh got his revenge as Ferguson(16) went for a huge hit and saw his leg stump cartwheeling out of the ground, with Derbyshire bowled out for 295 on the stroke of lunch, with a deficit of 128 runs.
Openers Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins put on 58 for the opening stand, before Gubbins(18) trod on his stumps off Ferguson. Robson, picked up where he left of in the first innings as he moved on to a 60 ball half century. With the hosts looking to increase the tempo, Eskinazi(14) was stumped down the leg side off Critchley. Malan(13) soon followed caught sweeping, and what eventually turned out to be the last ball before tea Robson(73) was run out by the throw from Critchley to leave the hosts at tea 127 for 4, with an overall lead of 255.
The early part of the final session was dominated by spin as Middlesex lost wickets to the spin pairing of Critchley and Wayne Madsen. Holden(22) played back to a delivery from Madsen, before Critchley had Rob White(7) taken at slip and Fuller(15) caught at backward point to leave Middlesex with a lead of 299, with the scoreboard reading 171 for 7. Twenty eight further runs were added to the total, when at 5 pm the light deteriorated with the umpires taking the players off the field. Due to a safety issue, the floodlights weren’t allowed to be switched on due to high winds. The umpires decided due to the light not improving, play was abandoned for the day at 5.30 with Middlesex closing on 199 for 7, with an overall lead of 327.