20th JULY 2017
MIDDLESEX vs KENT SPITFIRES
179-8 (20) 163-8 (20)
Middlesex won by 16 runs
NatWest T20 Blast Thursday 20th July 2017
Peter Moore at Richmond
Middlesex revived their T20 hopes with a 16 run defeat of Kent at Old Deer Park Richmond on Thursday. A Captains innings of 88 in 51 balls from Brendon McCullum looked to set to be the launchpad for a formidable total, but Callum Haggert’s 3-27, and a Matt Coles hat-trick restricted the hosts to a total well below 200. Kent started poorly whilst half centuries from Sam Northeast and Jimmy Neesham kept them in the hunt, wickets fell steadily as the visitors slipped to their third defeat in the competition.
Kent won the toss and elected to field on a greenish pitch. Openers McCullum and Dawid Malan put on 92 in the 11th over before Malan(33) gloved behind off Mat Coles. James Treadwell put the brake on the scoring with his off spin and also picked up the wicket of Paul Stirling(14).Treadwell finished his allocated four overs with 1-21, excellent economy rate on a small ground. Middlesex’s Captain Brendon McCullum came into the game averaging a shade over 9 on his appearances so far for the county in this competition, but the New Zealander was in fine form in front of a 4,107 crowd. A record crowd for Richmond . Despite being dropped on 19 at cover by Spitfires skipper Sam Northeast, McCullum smashed 88 off 51 balls- his highest T20 knock for Middlesex, before trying the ramp shot and was bowled off a full toss from Callum Haggett in the 17th over. In the same over Haggett bowled Higgins(1) who lasted two deliveries to leave Middlesex falling short of a total approaching 200. Eoin Morgan(28) off 18 balls perished in the deep, and with James Franklin(3),John Simpson(0) Tim Southee(0) all falling to a Matt Coles hat trick in the final over, Middlesex finished on 179 for 8.
Kent’s reply started badly with both openers in the hutch with the scoreboard reading 2 for 2. Bell Drummond(1) was trapped LBW off Tim Southee to the sixth delivery of the reply. Steve Finn struck in his opening over when he had Joe Denly(1) caught behind. An erratic first over from Tom Helm, including three wides ended when Sam Billings(9) holed out to Nathan Sowter at deep square leg to leave Kent 36 for 3 after 5 overs. Sam Northeast and Jimmy Neesham turned the game around for the visitors with a stand of Northeast brought up his half century with a six off Helm, his 50 coming off 37 deliveries. Ryan Higgins was brought into the attack in the 14th over and immediately picked up the important wicket of Billings who made 59 with Kent requiring 69 runs to win off 36 balls. Finn then returned back into the attack and claimed the wicket of Darren Stevens who lasted just one ball. Kent were looking like favourites to win the game until James Blake(14) was caught in the deep by Eoin Morgan off Paul Stirling. A tense finish was in prospect with Kent requiring 29 off 12 balls. The penultimate over bowled by Southee went for eight runs. With 21 needed and Higgins left with the responsibility of bowling the final over, Coles was run out of the first ball, Jimmy Neesham’s brave effort of 52 off 36 balls was ended when he was caught by Franklin to virtually guarantee victory for the hosts.
16th JULY 2017
Middlesex slipped to a 21 run defeat at the hands of Somerset at Uxbridge in the NatWest T20 Blast at Uxbridge on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors batted first and posted 207-9 in their 20 overs with Adam Hose top scoring with 59. For Middlesex, Nathan Sowter was the pick of the attack, picking up figures of 3-43. Middlesex fell short of their target despite 39 from Paul Stirling and an unbeaten 35 from just 16 balls from Ryan Higgins. The pick of the visitors attack was Craig Overton who finished with 3-24.
13th JULY 2017
NatWest T20 Blast Middlesex vs Surrey Thursday 13th July 2017
Peter Moore at Lords
158-9 (20) 161-9 (18.4)
Middlesex won by one run
Tail ender Steven Finn hit a dramatic winning boundary to earn Middlesex a nail biting one-wicket victory against near neighbours Surrey at Lords.
After a late collapse Middlesex needed nine runs from 18 deliveries after one stage being 133 for 3 and looking like securing a comfortable victory. But Surrey, thanks to four wickets from Gareth Batty had other ideas as the hosts almost threw the game away.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first in front of a 27,205 crowd at the home of headquarters. The visitors were without Jason Roy, due to a slight shoulder injury.
The visitors got off to a fast start by posting 28 on the board inside the opening three overs before Tim Southee produced a good delivery that took the edge of Dominic Sibley’s bat and was caught behind. Tom Helm was introduced into the attack from the nursery end and immediately picked up a wicket with his first ball when he comprehensively bowled the dangerous Aaron Finch(22). Helm should have had a second, but Dawid Malan spilled a chance at midwicket when Ben Foakes had faced just his second ball. Leg Break bowler Nathan Sowter struck with his first delivery when he bowled Foakes(13) to leave Surrey 71-3. At the half way point Surrey were in a good position with the scoreboard reading 92-3 with Kumaar Sangakkara looking promising with 34 to his name. Southee returned back to bowl from the nursery end, and with his slower ball bowled Ollie Pope with a delivery that kept a little low. Paul Stirling picked up both Curran brothers Sam(5) and Tom(4) to leave Surrey 116-6 after 14 overs. Despite wickets falling around him, Sangakkara posted a half century off 31 balls. The little maestro was making batting look easy until Steven Finn was brought back into the attack with two overs remaining. His previous three overs had been very expensive- 40 runs taken off him, but the England pace man removed Sangakkara for 70 made off 42 balls to leave Surrey 151-7 with 10 balls to go. Tom Helm finished the last over by picking up the wickets of Gareth Batty and Ravi Rampaul in successive deliveries as the visitors made 158 for 9 in their allocated 20 overs. Tom Helm finishing with fine figures of 3 for 25 in his four overs.
Middlesex’s response started in emphatic fashion as Paul Stirling hit a quick fire 23 before he holed out to Gareth Batty at mid off off Ravi Rampaul’s third delivery with Middlesex 37-1 in the 4th over. Batty then turned wicket taker when his second delivery to Brendan McCullum(9) found the New Zealander, who holed out in the deep to leave Middlesex 68-2 in the eighth over. Two overs later Dawid Malan(41) chipped the ball to midwicket where Ollie Pope took a fine low catch off Batty. With 10 overs to go Middlesex required 76 runs to win. A sensible batting partnership for the fourth wicket off 53 between Eoin Morgan and James Franklin took Middlesex ever closer to victory before Morgan(31) was caught at backward point off Batty. Next Ball Tim Southee was caught in the deep to give Batty excellent figures of 4 for 14 in his four overs. 26 runs were required off 24 deliveries when Ryan Higgins came to the middle. His first two balls faced off Tom Curran went for six and four before he edged the next ball behind to leave Middlesex 143 for 6 in the 17th over needing 16 runs to win off 21 balls. It was soon to be 150 for 7 when James Franklin was bowled by Tom Curran for 23. With just eight to win Nathan Sowter was dropped by Scott Borthwick at point. The home side still needed six runs to win when Southee cut the ball straight to backward point off Jade Dernbach. Middlesex required 6 runs off 12 balls when Simpson(7)was caught off Rampaul to leave the home side 153-9. Rampaul then sent down four leg byes with Middlesex needing two to win off nine deliveries. With Steve Finn facing Rampaul he drove the ball down to fine leg to win the game for Middlesex by one wicket with eight balls to spare.
9th JULY 2017
Middlesex had to settle for a share of the spoils in their opening NatWest T20 Blast campaign after the match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College finished in a tie-on Friday.
Gloucestershire made 182 for 5 in their 20 overs with Colin Bancroft hitting 51. Despite an unbeaten 68 from Ryan Higgins Middlesex failed in their bid to overall the home sides total after Benny Howell took a wicket of the final ball, after Middlesex needed 59 off four overs.
7th JULY 2017
Middlesex pulled of a sensational victory in their latest Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The visitors won the toss and put Warwickshire in to bat. The hosts, who at one stage were 19 for 2, recovered to make 334 in their first innings with Rikki Clarke scoring 83. Time Murtagh claimed 3 for 85 for the visitors. Middlesex were also bowled out for 334 with Stevie Eskinazi hitting a superb career best 179. In their second innings Warwickshire were dismissed for 233 with Jonathan Trott falling one short of a century. Tom Helm was the pick of the Middlesex attack, claiming 5 for 59. The visitors were left 234 to win and record their second Championship victory of the season. They reached their target in thrilling fashion, with just seven runs to go and the last pair at the crease, Murtagh hit the winning runs to seal a quiet stunning victory.
21st JUNE 2017
Middlesex completed their first Specsavers County Championship victory of the season, after beating Yorkshire by an innings and 64 runs at a sweltering Lords, inside three days.
Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat first. The home side were bowled out for 446, with Sam Robson compiling a seasons best 159 and Paul Stirling making his maiden championship century. The pair added 187 for the 3rd wicket as the home side took advantage of a flat Lords track. Yorkshire were bowled out for 208 with Gary Balance remaining defiant with an unbeaten 69. On his championship debut Ryan Higgins took three wickets. Higgins, received solid support from Steve Finn who also took three wickets.
The visitors were asked to follow on 238 runs behind and were soon in trouble having slumped to 16 for 3. They were rescued by 35 from Adil Rashid, before Ollie Rayner ripped through the tail to take figures of 4 for 35 to register the Champions first success in this seasons Championship at the sixth attempt. Remarkably, this was Middlesex’s fourth successive championship win against Yorkshire at Lords.
12th JUNE 2017
Middlesex are still looking for their first win in this Seasons Specsavers County Championship, after suffering an eight-wicket defeat against Lancashire at Southport.
Middlesex were dismissed for 180 in their first innings with John Simpson making an unbeaten 53. The second days play was washed out at Southport, but Middlesex made up for lost time as they reduced Lancashire to 0 for 2. The hosts were rescued by 75 from Ryan McLaren and 58 from Tom Bailey as they were eventually bowled out for 309 with Tim Murtagh picking up 6 for 63 and James Harris 4 for 119. In their second innings, the visitors were bowled out for 236 with Dawid Malan top scoring with 52. Lancashire were left 108 for victory which they reached with the loss of two wickets with Haseeb Hameed finishing unbeaten on 38.
During Middlesex’s Specsavers County Championship match against Somerset at Lords, Adam Voges suffered an injury to his right calf muscle. Voges, was scanned on Tuesday to assess the full extent of the damage. The results have shown that Voges has torn his calf muscle, and he will be unable to play any cricket for approximately six weeks.
Voges, will return back to Australia to recuperate, and will return back to Middlesex in late July in time to play in the NatWest T20 Blast match against Hampshire on August 3rd. He will then be available for all of Middlesex’s remaining fixtures in the season.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Day one Friday 2nd June 2017 Peter Moore at Lords
On a day shortened by rain and bad light, Somerset recovered from 80-5 to end the day on 161 for 5, thanks to an unbeaten 77 from South African Test Batsman Dean Elgar.
Somerset won the toss and were soon in trouble after losing both openers with just 20 on the board. With the ball beating the bat on numerous occasions, it was Toby Roland-Jones who captured the prize scalp of Marcus Trescothick(8), after the Somerset legend edged to third slip where Stevie Eskinazi took a fine low catch at third slip. Tom Abell(6) then feathered a catch to Simpson behind the wicket off Tim Murtagh. James Hildreth and Dean Elgar set about the business of trying to repair the damage and were starting to put together a useful partnership when- not for the first time this season- Ollie Rayner pulled off a sensational catch at slip. The ball flew into the air and somehow Rayner threw himself to his right to pluck the ball out of the air and cling on to the ball as Hildreth went for 25 off skipper James Franklin, to leave Somerset 66 for 3. Before lunch Steve Davies(6)- who never looked comfortable at the crease- was caught behind off Tom Helm, to leave the west country side on the back foot. At lunch they had limped to 78 for 4, with their hopes on getting a reasonable total resting on the shoulders of South African Dean Elgar, who was unbeaten on 27.
Fifth ball after lunch and with just two runs added to the total, Peter Trego(2) was caught behind off Murtagh to leave the visitors in disarray on 80 for 5. Somerset were indebted to an unbroken partnership of 81 for the sixth wicket between Elgar(77) and Lewis Gregory(27) when heavy rain drove the players from the field at 3.10. An early tea was eventually taken, play was eventually going to restart at 4.30 with eight overs lost, but with both Somerset batsman walking to the middle Umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Billy Taylor decided that the light wasn’t satisfactory for play to continue. With the light showing no sign of improving, play was called off for the day at 6 pm.
Middlesex and Surrey shared the honours at Lords in their latest Specsavers Division One County Championship Match, as honours were even, with the game ending in a draw.
Surrey made 313 in their first innings with Kumar Sangakkara hitting 114 and Dominic Sibley 54. James Franklin took 4 for 40 for the hosts. Middlesex replied with 411, thanks to 115 from Dawid Malan and 112 from Franklin. Stuart Meaker picked up 4 for 92 for the visitors. In their second innings Surrey made a poor start as they slipped to 16 for 2, but were rescued by 120 from Sangakkara and an undefeated 67 from Ben Foakes and 51 from Sam Curran. For Middlesex Toby Roland- Jones took 4 for 76. Requiring 242 to win in a minimum of 39 overs, Middlesex lost two early wickets before eventually finishing up on 92 for 2, as the game petered out into a draw.
Essex continued their push towards the semi-finals of this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition, after completing a comprehensive seven wicket victory against Middlesex at Chelmsford on Friday.
Essex won the toss and put Middlesex in to bat. The hosts slumped from 54 for 1 to 117 for 9. Only a last wicket stand of 31 between Steven Finn and Ravi Patel took Middlesex to a below-par total of 148, inside just 41 overs. Paul Walter claimed career-best one day figures of 4 for 37 with Jamie Porter also picking up career-best one day figures of 4 for 40. Alastair Cook saw Essex through to their fifth win in six as the game ended with more than 20 overs remaining. Cook finished unbeaten on 67 to guide Essex home to a comfortable win and almost certainly end Middlesex’s interest in the competition.
Middlesex completed a 16-run victory against Glamorgan at Radlett on Wednesday in the Royal London-One Day Cup competition.
The hosts on winning the toss elected to bat. Middlesex were bowled out for 243 inside 49 overs with half centuries from James Franklin 54 and Dawid Malan 50. Colin Ingram picked up 4 for 39 from his ten overs with Marchant de Lange taking 3 for 35 for the visitors. Despite 53 from Ingram, the visitors fell 16 runs short of their target after being dismissed for 227 after 48.3 overs. Steven Finn was the pick of the home sides attack, picking up fine figures of 4 for 39, including three wickets in nine balls.
Kent completed their first victory in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup competition after beating Middlesex by 46 runs at Canterbury on Sunday.
Middlesex won the toss and put Kent into bat. The home side were bowled out for 200, with Sam Northeast top scoring with 55. Toby Roland-Jones picked up 3 for 35 from his 10 overs. Middlesex slumped to 11 for 2, but 37 from Nick Compton rescued the visitors, only for the home side to take wickets at regular intervals, as they bowled out Middlesex for 154 in 46 overs. Wayne Parnell and Joe Denly took three wickets apiece for the home side.
244-3 (45.2) 243-9 (50)
Surrey won by seven wickets
Royal London One-Day Cup Friday 5th May 2017
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
Surrey completed their second win in this seasons competition, and in so doing dented Middlesex’s chances of reaching the top three, after a convincing seven wicket victory against near neighbours Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
Surrey won the toss and put their near neighbours in to bat. The visitors lost two wickets in seven balls when Dawid Malan(14) holed out to deep square leg off Tom Curran and Nick Compton- back from injury- lasted only five deliveries before he edged behind of Ravi Rampaul without scoring to leave Middlesex 42 for 2 in the 10th over. Adam Voges went for nine before a partnership of 66 for the fourth wicket was broken by Rampaul when he had Nick Gubbins caught on the boundary for 65. At the time Gubbins had contributed almost half of Middlesex’s total. Simpson progressed to a fifty, but survived a scare when he was put down on 51 by Ollie Pope at long leg. Rampaul had Ryan Higgins caught at mid off to give him figures of 3-26 as Middlesex were reduced to 164 for 5 in the 34th over. Gareth Batty returned and trapped Simpson lbw for 75, made off 83 balls to leave the visitors 203 for 6 in the 41st over. Despite 35 from Captain James Franklin, Middlesex made 243 for 9 in their allotted overs with Rampaul taking 4 for 40 in his ten overs.
Requiring 244 for victory, Surrey lost Mark Stoneman for 10 bowled around his legs by Toby Roland-Jones. Scott Borthwick and Kumar Sangakkara added 91 for the second wicket when Borthwick sent a lofted drive straight down to Tom Helm at long off off the bowling of Dawid Malan for 45. Sangakkara looked set for a century before he played a loose shot by chipping the ball to cover off Malan for 77 to leave Surrey 127 for 3. The inform Ben Foakes(55*) joined Rory Burns(67*) in the middle and the pair added an unbeaten 117 for the fourth wicket, to seal victory with 28 balls remaining.
Middlesex opened their account in this seasons Royal London One-Day Cup, with an 89 run victory on the D/L method at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.
With bad weather forecast, Hampshire won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. Middlesex were bowled out for 295 in exactly 50 overs with opener Nick Gubbins hitting 114 off 117 balls. For the hosts seamer Reece Topley picked up 4 for 68 from his ten overs. Hampshire’s reply was thwarted by a tremendous spell of bowling from Toby Roland- Jones who took 4 for 10 from seven overs as the top order was blown away. The hosts had reached 146 for 7 after 30.3 overs, well below the D/L required total, when the rain came to wash out the rest of the game.
Middlesex suffered a five wicket defeat against Gloucestershire in their latest Royal London One-Day Cup Group match at Lords on Sunday.
Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat. They posted 256 for 9 in their allocated 50 overs with Adam Voges top scoring with 81 and Toby Roland-Jones hitting 65. For the visitors, Liam Norwell took 5 for 36 from his ten overs. Gloucestershire were indebted to an undefeated 108 from Ian Cockbain and 86 not out from Benny Howell, in a partnership of 192 for the sixth wicket which saw the visitors reach their target with five balls remaining.
Specsavers County Championship Division One Day One
Friday 21st April 2017
Peter Moore at Lords
Centuries from openers Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson put Middlesex into a strong position after the opening day of their County Championship match against newly promoted Essex at Lords.
On an uncontested toss, Middlesex made a bright start to their second Championship match of the season. Openers Nick Gubbins and Sam Robson put on an undefeated 105 for the opening wicket at lunch, with Robson reaching his half century off 67 balls. Essex thought they had the wicket of Gubbins when he had made 38, after he edged a ball to first slip where Alistair Cook appeared to claim the catch, only for umpire Paul Baldwin to be totally unmoved by the appeal. The morning session belonged to the home side with Robson 63* and Gubbins 40* who both looked comfortable against an Essex attack which struggled on a very flat wicket, despite the wicket having a green tinged look about it.
After lunch Gubbins brought up his 50 with a gentle push down the ground. His half century coming off 110 balls. Robson moved on to his century, which he brought up with a nudge down to third man off Ravi Bopara. Robson’s century was compiled of 140 balls, which included nine fours.
Essex Captain Ryan ten Doeschate brought himself on to bowl in the 50th over, with Dan Lawrence shortly afterwards, who became the seventh bowler Essex used, but to no effect as the openers tucked into the visitors attack with ease. Gubbins joined his opening partner with a century to his name. His three figures were posted off 192 balls with 13 fours and two sixes.
With tea approaching, and just four deliveries remaining, Essex claimed their first wicket of the match when Gubbins edged behind to Wheater off Aaron Beard for 101. At tea Middlesex had reached 241 for 1 with Robson undefeated at the crease on 131. When bad light brought a premature end to the days play at 4:38, Middlesex had reached 255 for 1, with Gubbins 144 not out. Meanwhile, Middlesex have announced the signing of Tim Southee for the clubs NatWest T20 Blast campaign. Southee, will join fellow New Zealander Brendon McCullum as Middlesex's second overseas signing. Southee will join up with the club in early July and be available to play in 13 of the County's South Group matches, plus all knockout stages of the competition, should Middlesex qualify.
Middlesex opened up the defence of their County Championship title with a draw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
Middlesex made 356 in their first innings with Sam Robson making 84 and Stevie Eskinazi 82. Hampshire replied with 438, with Rilee Rossouw falling one short of his century and Michael Carberry scoring 98. Middlesex, thanks to some late order resistance declared their second innings on 278 for 9 with Adam Voges top scoring with 92. For the hosts the impressive Kyle Abbott claimed 5 for 95.
Brendon McCullum will be re-joining Middlesex for the forthcoming NatWest Blast T20 campaign. The New Zealander made six appearances for the club in last seasons campaign, and will re-join in early July and be available for nine of Middlesex's South Group matches.
Nick Compton, has signed an extension to his contract with the club. The deal will keep him at Middlesex until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Pace bowler Tom Helm has extended his contract with the club. His contract with the county will now last until at least the end of the 2019 season. Helm, made his first-class debut for Middlesex against Yorkshire at Headingley in 2013. Unfortunate injuries since that debut have restricted him to just seven further first-class appearances, and seven outings in one day cricket.
James Franklin has signed a new contract with the club which will see him remain with Middlesex until at least the end of the 2018 season. Meanwhile, Australian Adam Voges will be returning back to Middlesex for the forthcoming season. Voges, will be available for 13 of Middlesex's Specsavers County Championship matches and all eight Royal London One Day Cup games.
Daniel Vettori will be joining the Middlesex coaching staff for the 2017 season. The New Zealander will be taking up the role of T20 Head Coach. The former New Zealand all-rounder has signed a three-year deal with the club.
Wicket-Keeper John Simpson has extended his contract with the club until at least the end of the 2019 season. Simpson, was the only Middlesex player to play in every match across all three formats in 2016.
Tim Murtagh, has signed a two-year extension to his current contract. The deal will see the 35 year-old remain at Lord's until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Young batsman wicket-keeper Stephen Eskinazi has signed a new contract with the club which will see the youngster remain at Lord's until at least the end of the 2019 season. Eskinazi, hit a maiden hundred at Lord's in June against Lancashire in only his second first-class appearance.
Opening batsman ,Nick Gubbins has signed a contract extension with the club that will see him remain at Middlesex until at least the end of 2019. Gubbins, 22, scored 1,409 first-class runs last season to finish as Middlesex's highest run scorer in the County Championship.
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Tuesday 20th September 2016 Day One
Peter Moore at Lords
A century from Nick Gubbins left Championship leaders Middlesex’s game with second placed Yorkshire finely poised. Despite being dropped on 22, Gubbins reached three figures off 191 balls after at one point the hosts were 97 for 4.
With the final round of County Championship matches commencing today, three sides were in contention to lift the title. Middlesex went into their final match against second placed Yorkshire holding a nine-point lead, with Somerset ten points behind the top two.
Yorkshire, unsurprisingly elected to put Middlesex in to bat on an overcast late September morning in London. In the fourth over of the morning Yorkshire struck the first blow of the contest when Jack Brooks trapped Sam Robson without scoring. The opener had faced 15 deliveries, to leave Middlesex 11 for 1. Brooks struck again when he removed Nick Compton(8) offering no shot to a ball that nipped back. The visitors then put down two chances in the space of three balls. Dawid Malan(19) was dropped at slip by Adam Lyth before Azeem Rafiq spilled a chance at point when Nick Gubbins was on 22. Despite the two shelled chances Yorkshire quickly claimed another wicket when Malan(22) played on to a delivery from David Willey. There were no further alarms for Middlesex as Stevie Eskinazi(7*) and Gubbins(42*) took the score to 84 for 3 at lunch. As the players left the field for lunch Gubbins was rewarded for his magnificent efforts this season by being given his county cap.
Jack Brooks struck once again after lunch when Eskinazi(12) played on to leave Middlesex 97 for 4. A partnership of 57 was broken when Tim Bresnan trapped Simpson for 15, offering no shot. At tea a defiant unbeaten 96 from Gubbins was keeping Middlesex in the match as the home side went into the break on 168 for 5.
Gubbins, who already looks a prime candidate to be voted Middlesex’s player of the season, brought up his century with a six off Ryan Sidebottom. The 22 year-old has now scored four championship centuries this summer in a very productive season for the opener who has amassed over 1,300 championship runs. The players went off for bad light at 4.55 shortly after the visitors had taken the new ball with Middlesex on 208 for 5 and Gubbins unbeaten on 120. With the light deteriating the umpires called off play for the day just after six o clock with 14 overs remaining.
Middlesex maintained a slender one point lead over Yorkshire at the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division One table after completing a five wicket victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Notts made 241 in their first innings with Samit Patel making 100 and Steve Finn picking up 4 for 54.Middlesex had to face a tricky seven overs at the end of the opening day and slumped to 0-3 with Jake Ball taking a hat trick. The visitors recovered to make 247 with Nick Gubbins making 75. The hosts were bowled out for 240 in their second innings with Steve Mullaney top scoring with 64 and Ollie Rayner taking 4 for 83. Left 235 to win, Middlesex reached their target after 63 from Nick Compton and an unbroken stand of 89 between John Simpson(58) and James Franklin (54). The win means that Middlesex head the table with just two games remaining.
Middlesex were thwarted by the weather in their attempt to win their first championship since 1993 after rain and bad light helped the home side close on 120 for 4 at Edgbaston in their Specsavers County Championship game against Warwickshire. Middlesex won the toss and were bowled out for 242 with Dawid Malan making 57 and Stevie Eskinazi 49. For Warwickshire Josh Poyseden picked up carrer best first class figures of 5 for 53. Warwickshire were bowled out for 172 with Ian Westwood making 81 and Ollie Rayner taking 5 for 49. Middlesex declared their second innings on 267 for 7 with Sam Robson making 74, to leave Warwickshire 338 for victory. Middlesex picked up nine points in the game to leave them just four points ahaed of their closest rivals Yorkshire.
All-Rounder Ollie Rayner has signed a new two year contract with the club. The deal will mean Rayner will be available to play for the County until the end of the 2018 season. Rayner, who is currently the joint sixth highest wicket taker in Division One with 35 wickets, joined Middlesex from Sussex in 2011.
MIDDLESEX vs DURHAM
Specsavers County Championship Division One Day three
Monday 15th August 2016 Peter Moore at Lords
DURHAM 204 MIDDLESEX 536-9 dec
Middlesex won by an innings and 80 runs
Middlesex extended their lead at the top of the Specsavers County Championship with an emphatic defeat of Durham inside three days at Lords. The victory keeps Middlesex on course for the County’s first title since 1993.
Middlesex resumed on 408 for 6, thanks to centuries from Nick Gubbins(145) and Nick Compton(131) to put the home side in a very strong position. Just two runs were added in the morning session before Ollie Rayner(5) was bowled by Mark Wood. Toby Roland-Jones joined his Captain James Franklin in the middle, the pair put on exactly a hundred for the eight wicket before Roland-Jones, with some amazing power hitting, holed out to deep square leg for a superb 66 scored off 46 deliveries which included four sixes and six fours. Captain James Franklin declared the Middlesex reply on 536 for 8, with an overall lead of 332. the skipper remained undefeated with 56 as the Durham openers of Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings had to face a tricky 25-minute spell before lunch. When Stoneman was on eight he cover drove Roland-Jones for a boundary to become the first batsman to reach 1,000 runs in Division One. At lunch Durham’s openers survived a couple of scares but were 34 for 0 with Stoneman 14 not out and Jennings 16.
The openers had taken the score to 55 for 0 when Oliie Rayner produced a brilliant caught and bowled catch to remove Stoneman, who was dropped on one. The off spinner sprung to his left to cling on to a return chance one handed. Durham lost two wickets in five deliveries when Rayner trapped Jennings(45) lbw and Scott Borthwick(12) lbw by a ball that kept very low off Franklin to leave the visitors 82 for 3. Rayner struck again shortly before tea to have Michael Richardson lbw for 2, but Jack Burnham and Captain Paul Collingwood steered Durham to tea on 120 for 4.
After tea Tim Murtagh returned from the Nursery End and removed Burnham for 30 to leave Durham in all sorts of trouble on 125 for 5. A fine spell of bowling from Harry Podmore reaped rewards when the 22 year-old bowled Paul Collingwood for 22 to leave Durham struggling to save the match. Despite some late resistance from Paul Coughlin(37), Graham Onions(34) and Mark Wood(33), Durham were bowled out for 252 with Ollie Rayner taking 5-85, to register Middlesex’s fourth win in the Championship, and their first at home in the championship this summer.
Middlesex's quest to reach Finals day was thwarted by Northamptonshire at Wantage Road in the Quarter-Finals of the NatWest T20 Blast. Middlesex on winning the toss posted 132 for 7 with George Bailey hitting a run a ball 46. The home side reached their target thanks to an unbeaten 67 from Adam Rossington to book a finals day spot at Edgbaston for the second season running.
MIDDLESEX vs SURREY
Specsavers County Championship Division One Day 2
Friday 5th August 2016 Peter Moore at Lords
Middlesex were made to work hard on Day Two of the Specsavers County Championship clash with their near neighbours Surrey at Lords, as the visitors took a firm grip of the match.
After a very productive day for Surrey which saw Jason Roy hit 110 and Rory Burns 88, the visitors resumed on a sunny morning in London on 384 for 8, with Ben Foakes 53 not out. Surrey added a further 31 runs in the course of an hour to be bowled out for 415, with Foakes remaining unbeaten on 63.
Brothers Tom and Sam Curran opened the bowling, and it was Tom who struck the first blow by having Steve Eskinazi plumb lbw for eight. Nick Compton- playing his first game for Middlesex since May 8th- joined Nick Gubbins in the middle, with the pair taking the score at lunch to 22 for 1. Compton’s scratchy innings of 11 was ended when he played on to Stuart Meaker’s in swinging delivery. A partnership of 80 for the third wicket was broken when Zafa Ansari had Dawid Malan(31) caught at short leg. Ansari then bowled Gubbins around his legs sweeping for 82 to leave Middlesex 134 for 4. Gubbins has now scored 849 championship runs for the county at an average of 65.30. A further 22 runs were added in the afternoon session as Middlesex reached tea on 156 for 4 with John Simpson(13) and George Bailey(11) at the crease.
The Australian Bailey, who was dropped on two was quite subdued before tea, opened his shoulders after the break and played some attacking shots. In partnership with john Simpson the pair added 70 for the fifth wicket before Bailey was trapped lbw by Batty for 37. Despite this set back the home side reached stumps on 249 for 5, with Simpson undefeated on 52.
MIDDLESEX vs SURREY
Royal London One-Day Cup Group Match
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
MIDDLESEX 101-8 (16) SURREY 105-5 (15.2)
Surrey won by five wickets
Peter Moore at Lords
In what turned out to be a battle for Quarter-final qualification, it was Surrey who proved victorious in this London derby, thanks to a fifth wicket partnership between Ben Foakes and Zafar Ansari. The pair came together with Surrey struggling at 35 for 4, replying to Middlesex’s 101 for 8, but a crucial fifth wicket partnership of 66 took the game away from Middlesex and took the visitors to the brink of victory.
Both these sides went into their final group game, still with an outside chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament. After the start was delayed by almost three hours, the game was scheduled to start at 4.15 with the match reduced to 33 overs per side, but further rain meant a delay of a further 2 and a quarter hours. When play eventually got underway at 6.30, with the game further reduced to 18 overs per side, Surrey won the toss and elected to field on a very murky day. With Jade Dernbach’s fifth delivery he had Dawid Malan caught behind for a duck. Tom Curran grabbed two wickets in three balls with Nick Gubbins(7) brilliantly caught by wicket keeper Ben Foakes diving to his left hand side to produce a one handed catch, Curran, produced a slower ball to remove Paul Stirling for 13 to leave Middlesex on 23 for 3 after 18 deliveries. Australian George Bailey(12) advanced down the pitch to Gareth Batty’s third delivery and was bowled to leave the home side 50 for 4. Middlesex’s plight deepened when James Franklin(13) was caught at long off by Sam Curran of his brother Tom. John Simpson’s fine knock of 29 was ended when he tried to run the ball down to third man but was caught behind to leave Middlesex struggling at 86 for 6 after 12.4 overs. The drizzle which had been falling for a while started to get progressively heavier when the umpires called the players off the field at 7.35 pm. After a brief stoppage, two more overs were lost from the game. With the first ball after the restart, Toby Roland-Jones(1) lobbed the ball straight to mid-on off Meaker to leave Middlesex 86-7. The home side finished up on 101 for 8 in their 16 overs with some fine all round bowling performances from the visitors Tom Curran 3-26, Stuart Meaker 2-15 and Jade Dernbach 2-20.
Requiring 102 for victory, Surrey lost Jason Roy first ball caught behind off Toby Roland-Jones. 0 for 1 soon became 2 for 2 when James Harris struck with his first delivery to get Steve Davies(1) caught at slip. Ollie Rayner, with his fifth delivery claimed the key wicket of Aaron Finch. The Australian had scored 24 of Surrey’s 35 runs when he was bowled by Rayner to leave the visitors 35 for 4 in the sixth over. But a fifth wicket partnership of 66 between Ben Foakes and Zafar Ansari steered Surrey to within one run of victory, before Foakes was caught at mid -wicket for 45. With just a single required to win for Surrey with six balls remaining it was down to Ansari to hit the winning runs, with a pulled four with four balls remaining to steer Surrey into the quarter-finals, where they will face Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Middlesex edged a low scoring Royal London One_Day Cup Group game against Essex at Lords by four runs. Essex won the toss and elected to field first. Middlesex made 219 for 8 in their 50 overs with James Franklin top scoring with 55. For Essex, Graham Napier and Dan Lawrence finished with three wickets apiece. Despite being well placed at 100 for one, Essex steadily lost wickets to finish just short of their target. With eleven runs required from the final over, James Franklin trapped Ashar Zaidi LBW. Essex needed six to win of the last ball, but David Masters could only pick up a single as the home side squeezed home. Nick Browne top scored for the visitors with 79, whilst Toby Roland- Jones finished with the excellent figures of 10-2-40-4.
Middlesex ended their NatWest T20 Blast group campaign with a four wicket loss to Gloucestershire at Bristol. Middlesex on winning the toss made 156 for 5 in their 20 overs with John Simpson making an unbeaten 40. For the home side Benny Howell finished with 3 for 18. Gloucestershire reached their target with three balls to spare. Middlesex will travel to Wantage Road to face Northants in the Quarter-final of the Tournament on Tuesday 9th August.
Middlesex suffered a four wicket defeat at the hands of Somerset at Taunton on Tuesday in the Royal London One Day Cup. Somerset won the toss and inserted the visitors. Middlesex posted 296 for 9 in their 50 overs with Nick Gubbins hitting 89. The hosts reached their target with six balls to spare, with Peter Trego making 104.
Middlesex progressed to the quarter-final stages of the NatWest T20 Blast for the first time since 2008 after defeating Hampshire by 43 runs at the Ageas Bowl on Friday. Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat. In their 20 overs they made 181 for 6 with George Bailey making his best T20 score of 76. Along with John Simpson(54) the pair added 114 for the fourth wicket. The home side were bowled out for 138 with Ryan Higgins taking his first career five-for with 5 for 13. On Sunday Middlesex kept up their excellent form of late with a six wicket victory against Kent in the Royal London One Day Cup at Lords. Kent, on winning the toss posted 238 for seven in their 50 overs with Sean Dickson falling one short of a century. Middlesex recovered from a poor start, at one stage were 16 for 2, but were rescued by a partnership of 213 for the 3rd wicket between Paul Stirling who made 112 off 133 balls and Eoin Morgan who made an undefeated 103, as the home side reached their target with 31 balls remaining.
MIDDLESEX v SURREY
NatWest T20 Blast South Group Thursday 21st July 2016
SURREY 196-6 (20) MIDDLESEX 200-5 (19.1)
Middlesex beat Surrey by 5 wickets
Peter Moore at Lords
A world record crowd for a domestic T20 game were treated to an evening of spectacular hitting with Middlesex continuing their push towards the Quarter-finals of the competition with a five wicket victory over their local rivals Surrey.
Both these sides went into this London Derby on the back of promising victories. Surrey were triumphant against Hampshire in the County Championship, whilst the hosts had recently completed successive wins against Somerset in the Championship and T20 Blast.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat, in front of a domestic record crowd of 27,119 with the new Warner stand open, Middlesex opened the bowling with Tim Murtagh, who was playing his first T20 match for Middlesex for three years. Jason Roy immediately took three fours off Murtagh’s opening five deliveries. Aaron Finch and Roy picked up 80 runs in the opening six overs with Roy scoring 45 off just 20 balls. Roy brought up his half century of the 24th delivery he received before George Bailey took a very well taken diving catch at long off to remove Roy for 50 off James Franklin’s first delivery. Legbreak bowler Nathan Sowter then had Steve Davies(5)caught at point to leave the visitors in a strong position with the score 97 for 2 in the ninth over. The Australian Finch who has been a shrewd signing for Surrey, moved on to his 50 which came off 34 balls. The impressive Sowter finished with fine figures of 2 for 29 in his allotted four overs after claiming the wicket of Rory Burns(15) to leave the visitors 127 for 3 in the 13th over. Harry Podmore was removed from the attack by umpire Jeremy lloyds after bowling a beamer and was replaced by Ryan Higgins who had Chris Morris caught for 25. Finch, who played some audacious shots in a fine innings of 78 off 58 deliveries before he was caught in the deep off James Fuller in the last over. Fuller grabbed the wicket of Sam Curran(4) to finish with two for 41 off his four overs. Surrey completed their 20 overs with a total of 196-6. Credit to the Middlesex bowling attack who restricted Surrey to under 200, which at one point seemed very unlikely after the bright start from the visitors.
Paul Stirling took 14 off the opening over before Nick Gubbins(4) was out to the 10th delivery of the Middlesex reply after getting caught at deep square leg off Jade Dernbach. Eoin Morgan joined Stirling in the middle with the pair adding 36 for the second wicket before Stirling(34) was caught at cover to give Dernbach his second wicket. At the half way stage the Middlesex reply was going well with the score on 112 for 2 with the home side needing a further 85 for victory. With Dominic Sibely’s fifth delivery he claimed the big wicket of Morgan(42) who was caught at long on to leave Middlesex needing 77 to win. A cameo innings of 43 from 26 balls from John Simpson in a match winning partnership of 67 with George Bailey was ended with Middlesex needing 10 to win after Simpson was yorked by Mahmood. With two runs required from eight balls Bailey was bowled by Dernbach for 55. With the scores level Higgins paddle swept the ball down to the third man boundary for the winning runs with five balls remaining to continue Middlesex’s fine and much improved T20 form.
MIDDLESEX v GLAMORGAN
NatWest T20 Blast South Group Friday 8th July 2016
Peter Moore at Richmond
MIDDLESEX 144-8 (20) GLAMORGAN 145-1 (16.3)
GLAMORGAN won by 9 Wickets
An unbroken opening century partnership between David Lloyd and Mark Wallace ensured Glamorgan continued their fine recent form in this seasons competition, after Middlesex made a below par score of 144.
Glamorgan travelled down to Richmond after completing a victory in the T20 blast competition against Sussex at Hove 24 hours earlier. The visitors arrived in excellent form, having won their last five NatWest T20 Blast games.
Glamorgan won the toss and put Middlesex in to bat in front of a very healthy crowd. The home side lost their first wicket with eight on the board when Dawid Malan(1) was bowled off stump with Shaun Tait’s first delivery. Five balls later Tait had Stirling(10) caught behind as the batsman chased a wide delivery, to leave Middlesex struggling on 13 for 2. Middlesex’s woes grew deeper as Craig Meschede trapped Australian George Bailey for 3. Timmy Van der Gugten then grabbed two wickets in an over. John Simpson(5) edged to slip, two balls later James Franklin(0) was out to the same combination to leave Middlesex in dire straights with the scoreboard showing the sorry score of 39 for 5. Eoin Morgan and Ryan Higgins steadied the ship with a partnership of 69 before Morgan perished in the deep for 58. Higgins remained unbeaten on 57 as Middlesex posted 144 for eight in their allocated 20 overs.
Openers David Lloyd and Mark Wallace got Glamorgan to within 20 runs of their target when Lloyd sliced to backward point off Nathan Sowter for 49. Colin Ingram finished the game in grand style with three consecutive sixes to win the game for Glamorgan with 21 balls to spare, with Wallace finishing with an undefeated 69 to keep Glamorgan’s fine run continuing in the competition, after making it six wins on the bounce.
Middlesex moved to the top of the Specsavers County Championship after completing a remarkable innings and four runs victory against Yorkshire at Scarborough. Middlesex inflicted Yorkshire's first defeat of the season in the Championship and completed a remarkable sequence of wins against Yorkshire. Since the start of the 2014 season, Yorkshire have lost only three Championship matches, all to Middlesex. At Scarborough the home side batted first and made 406 with Gary Ballance hitting 132 and Tim Bresnan 63. Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones and James Franklin picked up three wickets apiece. Middlesex replied with 577, with Steve Eskinazi compiling his second consecutive century alongside 99's from Franklin and Roland-Jones. Australian George Bailey hit 62. For the home side Jack Brooks took 5-137. In their second innings Yorkshire were bowled out for 167 with Roland-Jones and Murtagh grabbing three wickets each.
Middlesex suffered a seven wicket defeat at the hands of Sussex in the NatWest T20 Blast competition at Hove on Friday. Middlesex, despite a promising start, were dismissed for 146, with Paul Stirling top scoring with 52 and Danny Briggs taking 3-24. Sussex eased to their target with 10 balls to spare.
MIDDLESEX vs LANCASHIRE
Specsavers County Championship Division One
Monday 28th June Day Two
Peter Moore at Lords
LANCASHIRE 513 MIDDLESEX 146-1
A resilient batting performance from Middlesex kept them in this game after eventually bowling out Lancashire for their highest score of the season. Despite losing opener Sam Robson, the home side ended the day with nine wickets intake, on a wicket that so far has favored the batters.
Lancashire resumed at the start of play in a very healthy position after dominating the opening day to finish up on 298 for 3 with Haseeb Hameed making 80 and Alviro Petersen finishing on an unbeaten 105. With Petersen at the crease was Captain Steven Croft on 34. On a flat Lords pitch Middlesex were looking to try and make early inroads into the visitors batting line up. After 45 minutes of the day’s play Skipper James Franklin turned to the off spin bowling of Ollie Rayner. With his first delivery from the Pavillion end he had Croft caught behind for 46 off a reverse sweep. Rayner also had Karl Brown(21) brilliantly caught on the sweep at backward square leg by James Fuller. Petersen had moved on to an unbeaten 158 at lunch as the visitors reached 404-5.
Petersen received valuable support from the impressive Liam Livingstone- who had scored an undefeated century in his last championship game against Warwickshire, and is averaging almost 98 in the championship- before he holed out to long off for 58 to give Roland-Jones his second wicket of the innings. In his next over Roland-Jones took a sharp return catch to remove Petersen for an excellent 191, which was compiled off 285 balls. As Lancashire pushed on for quick runs the Middlesex bowling attack kept on chiseling away at the tail. Roland-Jones, who bowled well in the afternoon session, trapped Jordan Clark LBW(3). Rayner dismissed Wagner and Jarvis to wrap up the innings as Lancashire were bowled out for 513, with Roland Jones taking 4-122 and Rayner 4-120.
In twelve overs before tea openers Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins took the score to 27-0, with Robson on 14 and Gubbins 7. On a flat and docile pitch Middlesex thought back well until 19-year-old leg spinner Matt Parkinson was introduced into the attack in the 19th over. With Parkinson’s eighth delivery he had Robson(21) caught at slip.Despite the loss of Robson, Gubbins(71) and Steve Eskinazi(43) added an unbroken stand of 86 for the second wicket, as Middlesex closed the day on 146 for 1, a further 368 runs behind.
Mitchell McCClenaghan will play no further part in this season's NatWest T20 Blast competition,due to injury. Scans have revealed he has substained a stress fracture to his pelvis. Nick Compton will take an immediate break from cricket. Following a challenging start to the season, both physically and mentally, it has agreed that Compton will benefit from some time away from the game. Meanwhile, on the pitch Middlesex secured a narrow four run victory against Somerset in the NatWest Blast T20 competition at Lords. In a game reduced to nine overs per side Middlesex made 92 for 3 with Dawid Malan hitting an undefeated 53. Somerset fell just short of their target on the D/L method. On Friday evening Middlesex defeated the Kent Spitfires in a NatWest T20 Blast game at Canterbury. Middlesex compiled 210 for 6 in their 20 overs with Brendon McCullum hitting an unbeaten 87 on his final appearance for the county. Dawid Malan, continued his fine formn of the summer with 60. Kent fell short of their target, despite 71 from Fabian Cowdrey and 41 from Sam Northeast. Toby Roland-Jones picked up 3-24 as Middlesex moved up to second place in the South Division.
Surrey marked their 150th outing in the NatWest T20 Blast with a 29 run victory against Middlesex at a packed Kia Oval on Friday evening. Surrey posted 173 for 7 in their 20 overs with Zafar Ansari hitting an unbeaten 34 not out off 25 balls. Jason Roy top scored with 35. For the visitors Ollie Rayner took 3-23. Middlesex were bowled out for 144 with James Franklin making 39 and Surrey’s Ravi Rampaul picking up 3-21.
Middlesex completed a 28 run victory in the Royal London One Cup competition against Glamorgan at Cardiff. Middlesex made 294-7 in their 50 overs with Brendan McCullum hitting 110 and Dawid Malan 70. The home side were bowled out for 266 with Colin Ingram making 85 and James Franklin and James Fuller picking up three wickets apiece. Middlesex's progress in the NatWest Blast T20 competition was halted on Thursday at Lords when heavy rain washed out their game against Sussex.
NatWest T20 Blast South Group Thursday 2nd June 2016
Peter Moore at Merchant Taylors School
MIDDLESEX 159-9 (20) GLOUCESTERSHIRE 163-6 (19.5)
Gloucestershire won by four wickets
Gloucestershire overhauled a target of 160 with one ball to spare in the cold of Northwood to claim their first T20 Blast win in the South Group. Despite half-centuries from Paul Stirling and Adam Voges the visitors reached their target thanks to fine knocks from Chris Dent, Ian Cockbain and Benny Howell.
Middlesex came into the game on the back of an innings victory against Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship on the same ground, along with an opening NatWest T20 win against Hampshire at Uxbridge.
Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat. On debut the prolific New Zelander Brendan McCullum blocked the first three deliveries that he faced, with the next ball he sent the ball over cow corner for six. Next delivery McCullum mistimed a pull and was caught and bowled by Grahame Van Buuren. Disaster struck in the next over for Middlesex when the in form Dawid Malan sliced a drive and was well caught by Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger for 2 off Liam Norwell to leave the home side struggling on 9 for 2 after two overs. Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling added 43 for the third wicket before Morgan holed out in the deep for 13 off the bowling of Benny Howell. Stirling eventually went for 60 after top edging a delivery from Howell. His innings came off 43 balls to leave Middlesex 113 for 4 in the 16th over. A cameo innings of 17 from Toby Rowland Jones was ended when he was caught off Andrew Tye in the final over. Adam Voges finished with an unbeaten 52 as Middlesex made 159 for 9 in their allocated overs.
Middlesex struck early when Michael Klinger was clean bowled for a duck by Roland-Jones fourth delivery. Roland-Jones then removed Hamish Marshall for 10 to leave the visitors struggling on 16 for 2 in the third over. Ian Cockbain and Chris Dent steadied the ship before Cockbain picked out Roland-Jones at long on for 40 off James Franklin to leave the visitors 81 for 3 in the 11th over. With 42 needed off five overs, John Simpson produced a brilliant piece of wicket keeping to have Dent stumped for 45 off Paul Stirling. Ravi Patel had Benny Howell caught and bowled for 37 to leave Gloucestershire requiring 21 to win. Former Gloucestershire player James Fuller then bowled Jack Taylor for 14 to leave the visitors needing nine to win off the final over bowled by Harry Podmore. With just three runs needed of two balls Gareth Roderick smashed a six to win the game with one ball to spare. The victory kept up Gloucestershire’s remarkable record against Middlesex in T20 cricket, having never lost to the Southern side in nine games.
Middlesex opened up their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a 69 run victory against Hampshire at Uxbridge on Friday. The visitors won the toss and decided to field. Middlesex posted 195-6 in their 20 overs with Captain Dawid Malan hitting 93. Hampshire were bowled out for 126 inside 16 overs with Liam Dawson top scoring with 46.
MIDDLESEX 139-0 SOMERSET 376
Specsavers County Championship Division One Day Two Monday 23rd May2016
Peter Moore at Lords
A five wicket haul from Tim Murtagh and half centuries from the in form Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins made sure it was Middlesex who dominated the second day of this Specsavers County Championship match at Lords.
The visitors resumed on their overnight total of 219-2 with Chris Rogers on 104 and James Hildreth 60. Within 16 deliveries Tim Murtagh had reduced Somerset to 230-4. With the 14th ball of the morning he had Rogers taken behind for 109 and two balls later Jim Allenby caught at third slip without scoring. Murtagh made it three wickets in his spell by trapping Hildreth for 68. With Somerset wobbling after the loss of three quick wickets, it was down to Peter Trego(37) and Lewis Gregory(32) to steer the visitors to lunch on 307-5 with an unbroken partnership of 74.
After lunch with the ball not swinging, the pair continued to add runs until Murtagh struck for the fourth time today when he got a ball to cut back and kept low to remove Trego’s off stump. Trego had made 65 in a partnership for the sixth wicket of 113. Wicketkeeper Ryan Davies went for seven as James Franklin held on to the ball at the second attempt at mid-on to give Murtagh figures of 5-47 off 28 overs. One run later Roland-Jones removed Craig Overton’s middle stump, with the all-rounder failing to score. Ollie Rayner returned from the Nursery End and had Gregory caught sweeping with a top edge that fell into the gloves of John Simpson for 49, before Rayner ended the Somerset innings when he had Leach(4) caught at short cover, as the visitors were bowled out for 376 with Murtagh finishing with 5-53, his 27th five-wicket haul of his first-class career.
The Middlesex opening pair of Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins looked comfortable against the Somerset new ball attack, and at tea had moved the score on to 49-0 with Robson on 31 and Gubbins 14. Robson- who looks in superb form already this season having scored 535 Championship runs before this game- moved on to another half century, this one coming off 61 balls.Gubbins brought up his half century which came off 81 balls as the openers put on a century stand. Robson, who was dropped at point on 53 and second slip on 56, continued his rich vein of form to end the day on 67. Robson’s previous three innings at Lords have been 231,106 and 114 not out. The opener was on course to reach another ton for the county, whilst he received excellent support from Gubbins who finished the day on an undefeated 65, with Middlesex taking the honours on day two.
SURREY 134-6 MIDDLESEX 395
Specsavers County Championship Day 2 Monday 16th May 2016
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
Ollie Rayner continued his fine record against Surrey by picking up three wickets as the home side struggled in a day dominated by their London rivals.
Middlesex resumed on their overnight total of 298 for 7 with James Franklin on 11 and James Harris 5. An injury weakened Surrey bowling attack, which were hampered by the loss yesterday of Ravi Rampaul due to a hamstring injury, kept up to their task after Middlesex at one stage were 232-2. The overnight pair had moved the score on to 323-7 when Harris was comprehensively yorked by Tom Curran to give the youngster his fourth wicket of the innings. Franklin had made 32 before he was bowled by a delivery that kept low from Batty. Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh frustrated the Surrey attack with the pair adding 72 for the tenth wicket shortly before lunch when James Burke produced an in swinger that bowled Murtagh for 24. Roland-Jones finished on an undefeated 44 as Middlesex were bowled out for 395, with Tom Curran taking 4-113 and three wickets apiece from Batty and Burke.
Surrey’s opening partnership of Arun Harinath and Rory Burns found it tough going against some fine new ball bowling from Murtagh and Roland-Jones. The openers grinding out 21 runs in the opening 13 overs. James Harris and spinner Ollie Rayner replaced Roland-Jones and Murtagh and it was Rayner who picked up two wickets in an over. Burns chipped tamely to mid-off for 19, two balls later Rayner had Harinath plumb in front for 20 to leave Surrey 41-2. Rayner grabbed the key wicket of Kumar Sangakkara shortly before tea, who was caught at backward point for 14 to leave Rayner with figures of 3 for 17 at Tea.
Middlesex struck in the first over after tea, with Murtagh’s sixth delivery he had Steve Davies very well taken at square leg by Paul Stirling who took a fine catch diving forward to leave Surrey 69-4. Jason Roy and Ben Foakes steadied the ship with a partnership of 60 for the fifth wicket before Dawid Malan was introduced into the attack, with his second ball he had Roy caught at bat pad for 47 to leave the visitors struggling on 129-5. Roland-Jones was re-introduced into the attack and immediately had James Burke LBW for a single. Surrey closed the day on 134 for 6 with Foakes undefeated on 22, with the visitors in a very strong position to press for victory.
On day three of Middlesex's Specsavers County Championship game against Nottinghamshire at Lords, the weather was the key factor as rain prevented any play before lunch. Middlesex were hopeing to resume on their overnight total of 203-3 with Sam Robson undefeated on 114- his third century of the season- and John Simpson at the crease on 66 not out.This was in reply to the visitors 354 with Samit Patel making 86 and half centuries for Michael Lumb and Alex Hales. For the hosts Toby Roland-Jones took 5-61. Meanwhile, Middlesex have announced the signing of Australian George Bailey. The 33 year-old will join the club at the end of June.
Middlesex claimed a draw against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, in their latest Specsavers County Championship match. Middlesex chose to bowl first and watched as the hosts posted 336 in their first innings with Michael Carberry hitting 107 and Liam dawson 89. James Harris collected his 350th first-class wicket, with three wickets apiece for Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones. Middlesex replied with 361, thanks to 121 from Dawid Malan, who shared in a 4th wicket stand of 182 with John Simpson who went on to make 65. Hampshire declared their second innings on 290-5 with Jimmy Adams making 70. Middlesex finished the final day on 55-2, when both sides shock hands on a draw.
Middlesex drew their latest Specsavers County Championship game in a game that was ruined by bad weather at Emirates Riverside against Durham. Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors were bowled out for 389 with Dawid Malan making 74, Nick Gubbins 60 and Adam Voges 50. Ben Stokes picked up 4-80 for the hosts. Durrham made 305-4 with Mark Stoneman hitting an unbeaten 141 and Jack Burnham 61. With so much time lost to rain, sleet and snow, the game ended in a draw.
Middlesex opened up their Specsavers County Championship campaign with a high scoring draw against Warwickshire at Lords. The visitors chose to bowl first, with Middlesex making 452 in their first innings. Sam Robson hit a career best 231, with Nick Gubbins making 68 and John Simpson 52. Despite Steve Finn claiming a wicket with his first delivery of the summer, Warwickshire replied with 468 all out thanks to an excellent unbeaten 219 from Jonathan Trott and 81 from keith Barker. Robson continued his rich vein of form with the bat with 106 in the second innings to become the highest run score in a single match for Middlesex. Adam Voges gave him fine support with 92 as the game petered out into a draw, with Middlesex finishing up on 304-6. The visitors using all 11 players turning their arm over as the game finished in a draw.
Sam Robson has extended his contract with the County. Robson, will remain with the club until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Adam Voges will be re-joining the club for the forthcoming season. The Australian will initially join prior to the start of the season and will be available through to early june. He will then return back to the county for the conclusion of the season, expected to be from August. He will also captain the side in the County Championship. Dawid Malan will captain the side in the NatWest T20 Blast competition and James Franklin will skipper the side in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
Harry Podmore will be joining Glamorgan on loan until 26th May 2016. Podmore, will be joining the Welsh county from 4th April. Meanwhile, both Nathan Sowter and Martin Andersson have signed contracts with the club.
Mitchell McLenaghan has rejoined Middlesex for the forthcoming season. The New Zealander had a brief spell with the county in 2015.
Middlesx have announced that Brendon McCullum will play for the club in next seasons NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup. The New Zealnder will be free to play for the County once his commitments at the IPL finish through to 25th June.
Ravi Patel has signed an extension to his contract which will see the 24 year-old commit to Middlesex until at least the end of the 2018 season.
Middlesex will open their County Championship Division One campaign at Lords on Sunday 17th April against Warwickshire. Seven days later the county will make the long trip to the North East to face Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG, before facing Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on May 1st. The county will open their NatWest T20 Blast campaign against Hampshire at Uxbridge on Friday 27th May. The delightful setting of Radlett CC will host Middlesex’s Royal London One-Day Cup game against Hampshire on Tuesday 7th June. Middlesex will also host a NatWest T20 Blast game at Richmond, where Glamorgan will be the visitors on Friday 8th July. Current Champions Yorkshire will be Middlesex’s final visitors to Lords on the 20th September, as the county finish their County Championship season at the home of cricket.
Nick Gubbins, has signed an extension to his contract with the county. Gubbin's deal will keep him at Middlesex iuntil at least the end of the 2018 season.
Middlesex have announced the signing of James Fuller, on a three year contract. Fuller, who played five seasons for Gloucestershire is English qualified. He made 35 first-class appearances with the county, taking 89 wickets. Meanwhile, the club have also announced that left arm seamer Gurjit Sandhu has been released, and Wicket-Keeper Stephen Eskinazi has signed a new two year contract with the club. The new agreement will see him remain with the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Middlesex completed their County Championship season with a crushing Innings and 128 run defeat against already relegated Worcestershire at Worcester. Middlesex were shot out for just 98, with John Simpson top scoring with 27. Shannon Gabriel claimed 5 for 31 for the home side. Worcestershire declared their first innings on 431 for 5, with Tom Fell hitting 171 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore 130. Middlesex were bowled out for 205 in their second innings with Simpson hitting an unbeaten half century. Despite the heavy defeat, Middlesex finished up runners up behind Yorkshire. Meanwhile, Middlesex youngster Max Holden has signed a four year contract with the club. The 17 year-old opening batsman has also been selected for England Under 19's winter tour to Sri Lanka. Th
LV=County Championship Day One Wednesday 9th September 2015
Peter Moore at Lords
MIDDLESEX 106 YORKSHIRE 238-9
Yorkshire were crowned County Champions at the home of cricket, in a day when 19 wickets fell. Middlesex never recovered from a shocking first over, finding themselves 0-3 after six deliveries.
Yorkshire headed into Lords knowing that they required just five points to claim consecutive LV=County Championships. On an overcast morning in September Yorkshire won a crucial toss and immediately had Middlesex in dire straits after just six deliveries. Ryan Sidebottom had Paul Stirling LBW of just the third delivery, Nick Compton caught behind of the fifth and next ball bowled Dawid Malan comprehensively, as all three batsman registered ducks. Stevie Eskinazi, who was making his debut for the home side, edged to Adam Lyth at first slip for four to give Sidebottom his fourth victim, as Middlesex were in disarray at 14 for 4. At that stage Sidebottom had the very impressive figures of 3-1-3-4. Sidebottom was taken out of the attack after a six over spell that yielded four for 11, and was replaced by Tim Bresnan who struck with his fourth delivery as Neil Dexter- who will be joining Leicestershire next season on a three year contract- was caught behind for 18 to cap a great hour for the visitors, as Middlesex slumped to 44 for 5. To cap Yorkshire’s morning, James Middlebrook produced a ball to turn sharply to John Simpson who edged behind for 28 to the last delivery before lunch, with Middlesex 92 for 7.
Bresnan removed Franklin(12) and Toby Roland-Jones without scoring in the course of four deliveries after lunch. Sidebottom claimed his fifth wicket of the innings when Tim Murtagh was comprehensively bowled, to give Sidebottom figures of 5 for 18. Bresnan finished with 4 for 30 as Middlesex were bowled out for 106. The Yorkshire players celebrated in the middle, knowing that they had one hand on the trophy, with Notts in serious trouble and needing to score 400 in their first innings, they knew that realistically they were nearly there as champions.
Middlesex managed their first breakthrough when Adam Lyth was trapped LBW for 25 off Toby Roland-Jones. Six runs later Roland-Jones struck again, having Gary Balance LBW without scoring. A partnership of 78 was broken on the brink of tea when Paul Stirling came into the attack and with his third delivery had Alex Lees LBW for 39. Andrew Gale remained unbeaten on 54, with Yorkshire at tea 129 for 3.
After tea the Middlesex bowlers kept plugging away in their quest for more wickets, and were successful when Neil Dexter picked up the wickets of Jack Leaning(9) and Tim Bresnan(11) to leave Yorkshire 187 for 5. Gale fell agonisingly close to his hundred, falling two runs short when he edged to Robson at slip to give Dexter his third wicket. Middlesex kept chipping away during the final session, eventually reducing the visitors to 238 for 9 when bad light ended the days play with four overs remaining.
Middlesex's slim chance of catching leaders Yorkshire in the County Championship evaporated after weather runied their encounter with Warwickshire at Edgbaston. Middlesex were bowled out for 207, with Neil Dexter making 53 and Jeetan Patel taking 5 for 59. The home side responded with 254, with Tim Ambrose scoring 89 and Tim Murtagh picking up 4 for 55. Middlesex made 173 for 6 in their second innings, with Dexter making 43, as the match ended in a draw.
Middlesex maintained the pressure on leaders Yorkshire in the County Championship, after recording a 71 run victory against Durham at the Emirates ICG. Middlesex were bowled out for 196 in their first innings with Nick Compton making 71 and Graham Onions taking 7-68. The home side were bowled out for 169, with Gordan Muchall scoring 64 and Toby Roland-Jones and James Harris picking up three wickets apiece. In their second innings the visitors were bowled out for 280 with Neil Dexter hitting 112 and Dawid Malan 63. Needing 308 to win, Durham could only muster 236, with Scott Borthwick making 95.
Royal London One- Day Cup Monday 17th August 2015
Peter Moore at Lords
GLAMORGAN 251-9 (50) MIDDLESEX 255-2 (39.4)
Dawid Malan continued in his rich vein of form with the bat, with a career best one day score as Middlesex eased to victory in their final Royal London Cup group game.
The visitors, who were still in with a chance of qualifying for the Quarter Final stage of the competition, won the toss and elected to bat. Openers James Kettleborough and Jacques Rudolph put on 53 for the first wicket before James Harris produced an in swinger that trapped Kettleborough LBW for 25. Bragg followed shortly afterwards when a fine delivery of extra bounce from Tim Hurtagh was edged behind, with Bragg failing to score. Colin Ingram joined Rudolph at the crease, with the pair adding 51 for the third wicket before Rudolph was pinned LBW off Ollie Rayner for 58. Rayner was back in the action again when he took a fine catch at short midwicket at the second attempt off Neil Dexter to remove Chris Cooke to leave Glamorgan 155 for 4 in the 38th over. Dexter then removed David Lloyd for 10 before Rayner bowled Craig Meshede for 7 to leave the visitors 207 for 6 with five overs remaining. Ingram brought up his century in the 48th over with a six over midwicket, his 100 coming off 91 balls with five six’s and four fours. Ingram’s innings was ended when he was caught at long on for 102. James Harris picked up his fourth wicket of the innings off the final delivery to give him figures of 4-38, as Glamorgan closed on 251 for 9.
Knowing that Middlesex had to win the game, and win quickly to increase their run rate, along with other results going their way with a chance to qualify for the quarter finals, openers Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling put on 139 for the first wicket. The inform Malan brought up his 50 from 44 balls, including ten boundaries. Stirling- who was dropped on 39- went for 58 after chipping to mid-on off spinner Kieran Bull. Malan, who is in irresistible form at the moment, straight drove Ruaidhri Smith down the ground to bring up his century, which came off 103 balls with 13 fours and one six. Despite losing Sam Robson for 22, Malan went on to register his highest List A score with an undefeated 156, as Middlesex cantered to victory with 62 balls left.
LV= County Championship Division One Monday 10th August 2015
Peter Moore at Lords
MIDDLESEX 234 SUSSEX 33-1
A partnership of 90 between Dawid Malan and Nick Compton, rescued Middlesex after being in earlier trouble, but the visitors fought back to shade the honours on the first day.
Middlesex, who earlier announced that they had recalled spinner Ravi Patel from his months loan spell at Essex, won the toss and elected to bat. Middlesex lost both openers with 24 on the board. Sam Robson was the first to go after he looped the ball in the air, and Luke Wright at cover diving forward clung onto the ball off the bowling off Steve Magoffin. Nick Gubbins edged to second slip off Chris Liddle for 17 to leave the home side in a spot of bother on 24 for 2. Nick Compton and Dawid Malan put on an unbroken partnership of 59 to steer Middlesex to 83 for 2 at Lunch. During the lunch interval, both James Franklin and Ollie Rayner were awarded their county caps.
A partnership of 90 for the third wicket was broken when a fine delivery from Magoffin, with extra bounce that surprised Compton, who edged to Chris Nash for 39. Sussex continued to take wickets during the afternoon session, at one point taking four wickets for nine runs, with Chris Liddle claiming John Simpson (1) and James Harris without scoring. In between Liddle’s success, Oliver Robinson had James Franklin caught at second slip for one. Dawid Malan compiled a half century of 115 balls including six fours, to hold the Middlesex innings together. At tea Malan- who was dropped at slip shortly before tea on 68- was still at the crease having made an undefeated 74 and Ollie Rayner 28, as the home side had moved on to 178 for 6.
Middlesex lost a wicket to the second ball after tea when Rayner was caught at long on off Magoffin. Malan’s fine innings was ended on 93 when he was caught down the leg side off Robinson for 93. Middlesex were eventually bowled out for 234, with Steve Magoffin taking 4-48 and three wickets apiece from Robinson and Liddle.
Sussex were left 16 overs to negotiate. Toby Roland-Jones trapped Ed Joyce LBW for 12, but Matt Machan( 3 ) and Luke Wells(17 ) saw Sussex through to the close, as they trailed Middlesex by 201 runs.
Middlesex suffered a six wicket defeat at the hands of Essex at Colchester in the Royal London Cup. Middlesex made 296 for 5 in their 50 overs, with Nick Gubbins continuing his fine one day form with 96, and James Franklin making 63. Essex reached their target with 17 balls to spare, with Ravi Bopara making an unbeaten 82.
Dawid Malan and Nick Gubbins both made centuries as Middlesex squeezed past Sussex by three runs on the D/L method in the Royal London Cup at Hove on Monday. Middlesex piled up 367 for 6, their highest ever one-day total, with Gubbins scoring 147, his maiden List A century, and Malan hitting 131. A couple of rain delays meant Sussex needed 309 to win off 40 overs, despite a superb 112 from Australian George Bailey, and Neil Dexter taking 3 for 46 for the visitors, Sussex just fell short.
Middlesex had a mixed set of results in the Royal London Cup. On Friday Kent were the visitors to Radlett, with Middlesex winning the game by 87 runs. The home side batting first, making 260 for 9 in their 50 overs with half centuries from James Franklin and Nick Gubbins. Kent were bowled out for 173, with Sam Billings making 68 and Ollie Rayner taking 4 for 45. On Saturday Middlesex travelled down to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire, and suffered a heavy 10 wicket defeat. Middlesex were shot out for 117, with James Harris top scoring with 32 and Marcus Crane taking 4 for 30 and Fidel Edwards 3 for 23. The home side cantered to their target ,with Michael Carberry unbeaten on 66 and Jimmy Adams 53.
Middlesex suffered a two wicket defeat against Lancashire at Blackpool in the Royal London One Day Cup on Wednesday. Middlesex were bowled out for 161, after at one stage being 83 for 7. The total was mainly down to 32 from James Harris and 29 from Toby Roland-Jones. Tom Bailey picked up 3 for 31 for the home side. Lancashire reached their target with two overs to spare, with Karl Brown making 36 and Junaid Khan- on his debut- taking 3 for 32.
Middlesex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan as a replacement for overseas player Joe Burns. Junaid, 25, is available to play in the One Day Cup and in the county championship if required.
Middlesex completed a 43 run win against local rivals Surrey in the London Derby at a sell out crowd at Lords in the NatWest T20 Blast competition on Thursday. A record crowd of 28,000 saw the home side post 185 for 5 in their 20 overs, with John Simpson making 53 and a fourth wicket stand of 77 from 39 balls between Eoin Morgan and James Franklin. The target proved to much for Surrey as they slumped to 81 for 6, only for Kumar Sangakkara to hit 32 as Surrey finished on 142 for 9. Both Steve Finn and Neil Dexter picked up three wickets apiece.
Middlesex suffered a four wicket defeat in the NatWest T20 Blast competition at Chelmsford on Friday. Middlesex were restricted to 150 for 5 in their 20 overs, with Nick Gubbins top scoring with 46. Essex reached their target with eight balls to spare, thanks to 59 from Jesse Ryder. Meanwhile Ravi Patel has joined Essex on a months loan spell. Patel, is available to play red ball cricket only for the duration of the loan.
Middlesex's rain affected game against Somerset in the LV=County Championship at Merchant Taylors School, ended in a thrilling draw. Middlesex made 283 in their first innings, with Dawid Malan and Sam Robson posting half centuries. Lewis Gregory picked up 5 for 85 for the visitors. Somerset were bowled out for 197, with Marcus Trescothick making 52 and Steve Finn claiming 4 for 41. Middlesex declared their second innings on 132 for 6 to leave Somerset chasing 219 to win in 40 overs. At the close they were hanging on at 147 for 7, with Trescothick scoring his second half century of the match. Meanwhile, Wicketkeeper John Simpson has signed a new two year contract with the club, which will keep him at Middlesex until the end of the 2017 season.
Middlesex produced just their third win in this seasons NatWest Blast T20 competition, after defeating Essex by six wickets at Richmond on Friday. Essex were bowled out for just 109 inside 18 overs, with Steve Finn picking up 4-28 and James Franklin 3-12. Middlesex reached their target with three overs to spare, with Eoin Morgan making an undefeated 21.
Middlesex drew their latest LV= County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Middlesex were bowled out for 374 in their first innings with Dawid Malan making a career best undefeated 182. The visitors recovered from 165 for 7, thanks to Malan's knock and 73 from James Harris. Nottinghamshire declared their first innings on 419 for 9 with Chris Read making 108. Middlesex made 162 for 1 in their second innings with Sam Robson hitting an unbeaten 77.
Middlesex suffered their seventh successive defeat in the NatWest Blast T20 competition after an eight wicket defeat against Surrey at the Kia Oval on Friday. Middlesex could manage only 105 for 9 in their 20 overs with Dawid Malan top scoring, with 40. Zafar Ansari picked up 3 for 17. Surrey reached their target with 32 balls to spare, with Kumar Sangakkara and Gary Wilson making an unbroken third wicket partnership of 69 in nine overs.
Middlesex suffered a seven wicket defeat against Sussex at Lords on Thursday in the NatWest T20 Blast. Middlesex made 133 for 8 in their 20 overs with Eoin Morgan making 27. Tymal Mills took a competition best 4-22 for the Sharks. The home sides total was never going to be competitive as Luke Wright's 47 from 33 balls ensured the Sharks reached their target with 4.4 overs to spare. This was Sussex's sixth win in ten group games to move to the top of the South Group, while in contrast Middlesex remain rooted at the bottom of the group after their seventh defeat in nine games.
LV= County Championship Division One Day Two Monday 29th June 2015
Peter Moore at Lords
A partenership of 111 between Nick Compton and John Simpson rescued the home side from a perilous position of 113 for 5, as Middlesex gained the upper hand on day two.
Middlesex resumed on 59-0, but were soon in trouble after just ten deliveries when Sam Robson was LBW to the fourth ball of the morning off Gareth Berg without adding to his overnight total. Six balls later Paul Stirling edged to James Vince at second slip low down off the bowling off Jackson Bird for 38, to leave Middlesex on 62-2. 18 year-old Bradley Wheal, playing in just his second first class match, then removed Joe Burns for 13 and Eoin Morgan for a duck in the space of three balls to leave the home side in trouble on 101-4. The impressive Berg returned from the Nursery End to have James Franklin caught behind for five as Middlesex continued to struggle. At Lunch, in a session dominated by Hampshire, it was down to Nick Compton who was holding the home sides innings together with an unbeaten and patient 42, as Middlesex lunched on 144-5.
Shortly after lunch Compton bought up his half century with a cover drive of Bird, his 50 contained four 4’s and came off 96 deliveries. A fine partnership of 111 was broken when Danny Briggs got a ball to turn quiet substantially and Compton(87) edged to James Vince who took a fine low catch at slip. At tea Middlesex had moved on to 231 for 6 with John Simpson reaching 50, and an overall lead of 55.
Simpson’s valiant effort was ended when he was caught behind for 64 off Bird. Ollie Rayner and James Harris added 37 for the eighth wicket before Harris was bowled by Wheal for 15. Toby Roland-Jones joined Rayner at the crease and the pair managed to see Middlesex home to the close, with Rayner undefeated on 34, and Middlesex leading by 122 runs.
Middlesex's poor T20 form continued on Friday as they made it five losses in a row in this seasons competition, after suffering a nine wicket defeat at the hands of Somerset at Uxbridge. Middlesex posted 171 for 7 in their 20 overs with John Simpson hitting a career best 84 not out off 51 balls. Simpson, who is having a superb T20 season, is now averaging 85.33 in this seasons Blast. Somerset reached their target with 12 balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 89 from Jim Allenby.
Middlesex's latest County Championship match against Worcestershire at Uxbridge finished in a draw. Despite the early loss of opener Sam Robson to the first ball of the day, Middlesex made 309 in their first innings with Captain James Franklin making 135, Worcestershire's Jack Shantry took 4-66. The visitors replied with 385, with Tom Fell hitting 143 and Moean Ali 54, Tim Murtagh picked up 4-76. Middlesex declared their second innings on 362-7, with Joe Burns scoring 87. The match petered out in to an inevitable draw as the visitors closed on 39-1.
Middlesex slipped to a 21 run defeat against Hampshire at Lords on Thursday in the NatWest T20 Blast. The visitors made 199 for 5 with Michael Carberry hitting an undefeated 72 and Owais Shah 64. Despite 54 from Paul Stirling, Middlesex fell short of their target.
Middlesex suffered a 43 run defeat against Gloucestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast at Richmond on Sunday. The visitors made 214 for 4 in their 20 overs with Ian Cockbain hitting 75. Despite a fine 74 from John Simpson, the home side finished well short of their target. David Payne claimed 5-24 for Gloucestershire, who moved to the top of the South Group.
James Harris has signed a new two year contract with the club. The deal will mean that Harris will be available to play for Middlesex until the end of the 2017 season. The contract will be extended to a third year-2018, once an agreed set of criteria have been reached.
Middlesex moved to the top of Division One in the County Championship, after registering a 187 run victory against Durham at Lords.
The visitors won the toss and put Middlesex in to bat. The home side made 463, with Sam Robson hitting 178 and half centuries for Nick Compton and Adam Voges. Durham replied with 294, with Keaton Jennings falling two short of a century. James Harris picking up 4-69. Middlesex were dismissed for just 89 in their second innings with Chris Rushworth claiming 5-38 and John Hastings 5-24. Needing 269 to win, Durham were shot out for 71 with Harris claiming a career best 9-34.
Middlesex pulled of a sensational fourth innings run chase against Somerset at Taunton in the County Championship. The visitors won the toss and put the home side into bat. Somerset made 408 in their first innings with James Hildreth hitting 187 and Marcus Trescothick 140. James Harris took 5-83 for the visitors. Middlesex replied with 317, with Nick Gubbins and Adam Voges both falling just short of their centuries. Voges made 98 with Gubbins scoring 92. Lee Gregory picked up 6-101. Leading by 91, Somerset were bowled out for 310, with both Hildreth 86 and Trescothick 76 in the runs again. Needing 402 for victory, Middlesex reached their target with just seven balls to spare. Voges 132 and James Franklin 115 not out shared in a 4th wicket partnership of 200, as Middlesex defeated Somerset by five wickets.
Middlesex have announced the signing of South African Kyle Abbott for the clubs NatWest T20 Blast campaign. The 27 year-old, who is currently playing for Chennai Super Kings at the IPL, will join Middlesex in time for the club's opening home encounter in this seasons T20 Blast against the Kent Spitfires on 28th May at Lords, subject to clearance from Cricket South Africa.
LV= County Championship Division 1 Day 3
Tuesday 14th April 2015 Peter Moore at Lords
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 298 MIDDLESEX 181
401-8 Dec 57-1
Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read hit a century of just 76 balls, and set Middlesex a mammoth 519 runs to win the opening Championship match of the season at Lords.
The visitors resumed the day with an overall lead of 218 runs, with Alex Hales(14) and Will Gidman(5) at the crease. With the ground bathed in brilliant sunshine, and the news that Middlesex have signed Australian Joe Burns as their overseas replacement for Adam Voges. Burns has joined the club from early May until the middle of July. The Australian has had an excellent Sheffield Shield season with Queensland, scoring almost 800 runs. He made his test debut against India, and has made two fifties in his test appearances so far. Burns will be available for seven championship matches and eleven NatWest T20 Blast games.
It took a shade over an hour for Middlesex to claim their first scalp of the day when night watchman Alex Hales was caught at slip off Adam Voges’s third ball. Hales received an unplayable ball from Tim Murtagh which he gloved behind to Simpson for 37 to leave the visitors 140-4, an overall lead of 257. Notts extended their advantage at lunch by a further 47 runs to leave the visitors in a strong position to force a result, leading by 304.
A partnership of 53 between Samit Patel and James Taylor was broken when Voges snapped up Patel- dropped on 8 earlier at slip- sweeping for 33. Paul Stirling then trapped James Taylor LBW for 61. Murtagh returned with the new ball, and with the fifth delivery trapped Riki Wessels LBW for 38. At tea the visitors had moved on to 329-7 with Chris Read approaching his half century, and a healthy lead of 446 runs.
Read brought up his 50 shortly after tea with a flowing drive through the covers. His half century came off 57 balls, including eight fours. Former England keeper was now in
full flow and was hitting the Middlesex attack to all parts of Lords, including smashing Stirling for 22 in one over. Read raced to his century, which came of only 76 balls including 14 fours and two six’s. His second 50 came off only 19 balls. Once Notts had gone past 400, Read declared with the visitors making 401-8, setting Middlesex an unlikely 519 to win.
The home side lost Sam Robson for a duck, LBW to Jake Ball off the ninth delivery of the innings. Nick Compton came to the middle to join Nick Gubbins and the pair added 57 runs, with Middlesex tomorrow still requiring a further 462 runs for victory.
LV= County Championship Division One Monday 13th April 2015 Day Two
Nottinghamshire 298 & 101-2 Middlesex 181
Peter Moore at Lords
Nottinghamshire are in a strong position to start their LV County Championship campaign with a victory after dominating the second day at Lords.
Resuming on 298-9, Nottinghamshire’s first innings lasted just two deliveries when Harry Gurney was caught of the bowling of Steve Finn for nine, with Chris Read not out on 62 Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 298, with James Harris taking 4-75.
In slightly overhead conditions openers Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins put on 51 for the first wicket, before Gubbins saw his off stump cartwheeling out of the ground off the bowling of Harry Gurney. Nick Compton, playing in his first championship innings for Middlesex at Lords since 2009, never looked comfortable, and was eventually bowled by Vernon Phiander for 3 shortly before lunch. New Captain Adam Voges joined Robson in the middle, and took Middlesex at lunch to 70-2, with Robson undefeated on 35. Middlesex also confirmed this morning that they will be a batsman short in this match as Dawid Malan has broken a finger.
With the fifth delivery of the afternoon session Middlesex’s Sam Robson left a delivery alone from Jake Ball and saw his off stump cartwheeling out of the ground. Harry Gurney trapped Voges LBW for 35, and when Paul Stirling edged to 2nd slip off Ball for 11 Middlesex were in disarray at 107-5. With tea approaching Read turned to Samit Patel, and the left arm spinner had Harris LBW for 16 and Tom Helm out for a duck to leave Middlesex tottering at 147-7. The afternoon session belonged to Notts, having taken five wickets in it to leave Middlesex 158-7.
Shortly after tea Gurney had Simpson caught at slip for 35, and Murtagh was last man out when he was caught in the deep of Patel for 19, as the home side were bowled out for 181, with Patel and Gurney picking up three wickets each. Leading by 117 runs on first innings, openers Steven Mullaney and Brendan Taylor put on 77 before Mullany was bowled by Tom Helm for 44 and Taylor caught at long-off off Murtagh for 34. The visitors will resume in the morning in a strong position, with a lead of 218.
Middlesex have signed James Franklin on a two year contract, with a mutual option of a third year. Franklin, 34, subject to the England and Wales Cricket Board discretion and registration, is set to qualify as a non-overseas player. He will be available to play in all formats of the game, and will be able to play for Middlesex until at least the end of the 2016 season, and potentially 2017.
Ryan Higgins has signed a new three year contract at the club, which will see him commited to playing for the county until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Nick Compton, has signed a three year contract with the club. The deal will mean that Compton will be available to play for the club until at least the end of the 2017 season. Compton, played for Middlesex between 2001 and 2009. He left the county to play for Somerset at the end of the 2009 season, and has scored more than 7,000 runs in all forms of the game.
Harry Podmore has signed a one year extension to his current contract with the club. Podmore, 20, has signed an extension that will keep him at the county until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Middlesex will open their County Championship Division One campaign, with a home game against Nottinghamshire at Lords on Sunday 12th April. Two weeks later they will travel to Taunton to face Somerset in the championship. Richmond Cricket Club will host Middlesex's NatWest t20 Blast game against Gloucestershire on Sunday 14th June. The Uxbridge festival will consist of a Championship game against Worcestershire, starting on Sunday 21st June and a Nat West T20 Blast game against Somerset on Friday 26th. The county will be visiting Blackpool for a Royal London One-Day Cup game against Lancashire on Wednesday 29th July. Two days later Radlett Cricket club will host Middlesex's Royal London One-Day Cup game against Kent. Middlesex will finish their season with a championship match against Worcestershire at New Road, starting on Tuesday 22nd September.
For a complete list of the fixtures, check out the official Middlesex CCC website
Sam Robson, has signed a contract extension with the club until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Adam Voges, has signed a one year contract with the club to play as their overseas player for next season. The Australian will replace Chris Rogers as Middlesex's overseas player and Captain for 2015 in the red ball format of the game. Voges, will also be available to play all forms of cricket for the county. The club have also announced that Nick Gubbins has signed a three year full-time contract with the club. This will enable him to play for the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.
Joe Denly has been released from the final year of his contract to return to Kent. Denly, joined Middlesex in the 2011/12 off-season and has played 94 first team games, scoring a total of 3,144 runs.
Dawid Malan has signed a new three year contract with the club. Malan, will be available to play for the county until the end of the 2017 season. Meanwhile, the club have announced that the final year of Gareth Berg's contract has been cancelled. Last season Berg was fit to play in just one first team match for the county. During the match against Notts in April, Berg injured his right shoulder, and subsequently an infection was found. This prevented Berg from regaining match fitness during the season. Middlesex have also announced that wicket-keeper Adam Rossington is to leave the club and will play for Northamptonshire. 22 year old all-rounder Ollie Wilkin has not been offered a new contract. Wilkin, spent most of last season attempting to recover full fitness from a shoulder injury.
Middlesex secured their Division One status, after holding out for a draw in their final championship game against Lancashire at Old Trafford. Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat. They were bowled out for 214 with Joe Denly top scoring with 38. Lancashire declared their first innings on 302-8 with Steven Croft making 60 and three wickets apiece from Tim Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones. Middlesex batted out the whole of the final day to reach 341-8, with Sam Robson making 75.
A superb double century from Chris Rogers ensured Middlesex came away from Taunton with a draw against Somerset , and eased their relegation fears in Division One of the County Championship.
Somerset declared their first innings on 523-9 with James Hildreth making 182 and Peter Trego 91. Middlesex slumped to 64-7 before they were rescued by 82 from Eoin Morgan and a career best 77 from Toby Roland-Jones, as the visitors were bowled out for 223. Asked to follow on, Middlesex battled away to eventually make 328 for 4 with Rogers unbeaten on 203. With just one game remaining, Middlesex are 19 points clear of Lancashire for the final releagation spot. Both sides meet at Old Trafford next week in the final game of the season.
Meanwhile, Stephen Eskinazi has signed a one year contract with the club. Eskinazi has spent the last couple of years on a scholarship contract.
Middlesex drew their latest County Championship match at Lords against Warwickshire.
Warwickshire declared their first innings on 362-8, with Rikki Clarke falling six runs short of a century. Tim Murtagh picked up 3-74 and Neil Dexter 3-63. Middlesex made 372-9 declared in response, with Chris Rogers hitting 85 and Dexter 70. In their second innings Warwickshire reached 182 for 2 with Sam Hain making an unbeaten 106, when both siders shook hands on a draw. Both sides took 11 points from the game.
Middlesex completed a seven wicket victory against Kent at Canterbury, in their final Royal London One-Day Cup group match.
Kent were bowled out for 191, with Daniel Bell-Drummond top scoring with 51. Middlesex eased to their target with 37 balls remaining thanks to an unbeaten 76 from Dawid Malan.
MIDDLESEX vs SOMERSET
Royal London One-Day Cup Thursday 21st August 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
Middlesex 255-7 (50) Somerset 258-4 (48.2)
Somerset won by six wickets
A magnificent 120 from Peter Trego secured Somerset’s third win in this seasons Royal London Cup group stage, and moved them joint top of the table with Kent.
Somerset won the toss and inserted Middlesex, on a pitch that was seeing the ball move around quite a bit. Middlesex were struggling in the opening ten overs, with just 24 on the board. Eventually scoring became slightly easier as both Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan started getting into their stride. Malan was the first to reach his 50, which came off 83 balls with five fours. Rogers followed soon after with a half-century compiled off 72 deliveries including four fours. With the score on 108, Rogers was bowled by spinner Johannes Myburgh for 52. Paul Stirling had made 29 before he showed all three stumps to Alfonso Thomas and was bowled off stump. Eoin Morgan followed shortly afterwards, after he holed out to point off Groenewald.
Malan- who was dropped on 76 by Marcus Trescothick at slip- was eventually run out for 82 to leave Middlesex 178-4 in the 40th over. Wickets started to fall at regular intervals, as Middlesex went from 108-1 to 189-5, but a partnership of 48 for the seventh wicket between Higgins and Rayner, gave the home side some momentum, before Higgins was caught at deep midwicket for 27 off Lewis Gregory. The home side finished on 255-7 in their allocated 50 overs, with Ollie Rayner unbeaten on 37.
Middlesex struck with the 11th ball of the innings when Toby Roland-Jones had Nick Compton caught behind for 2. Roland-Jones struck again in the 10th over when Trescothick flashed at a wide delivery and was caught behind for 19, to leave the visitors 33-2. Peter Trego and Colin Ingram rescued Somerset with a partnership of 162 before Ingram picked out Eoin Morgan at mid-on for 68 off Harry Podmore. Despite the loss of Ingram, Trego moved on to record a century coming off 127 balls with seven fours and two six’s. His fine knock was ended when he holed out to Tim Murtagh at mid-off for 120, made off 137 balls, to leave the visitors requiring 32 to win.
Alex Barrow and James Hildreth steered Somerset over the line with 10 balls to spare, to record their third victory in this seasons competition, and move them level with Kent at the top of Group B.
Steve Finn has signed a new three year contract with the club. The deal means that Finn will be available to play for Middlesx until the end of the 2017 season. Meanwhile the club have announced that Tim Murtagh has been awarded a benefit year in 2015.
MIDDLESEX vs SURREY
Royal London One-Day Cup Thursday 31st July 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
Surrey 286-6 (50) Middlesex 292-4 ( 44.5)
Middlesex won by six wickets
A wonderful century from Eoin Morgan secured Middlesex’s first victory in this seasons Royal London Cup.
Morgan smashed 128 off 86 balls in a partnership of 166 along with Neil Dexter to see the hosts over the line.
Both sides went into this match looking to record their first victory in this seasons competition.
The visitors elected to bat first after winning the toss. Surrey lost opener Steve Davies (13) in the sixth over, caught at first slip off the bowling of Tim Murtagh. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Vikram Solanki posted a record 2nd wicket partnership for Surrey vs Middlesex of 119- beating the previous best of 116 I. Ward (91) & N. Shahid (58) at Guildford in 1998, before Dawid Malan trapped Solanki LBW (59).
Dilshan reached his hundred with what is best described as a Dils Scoop come flap shot. His first 100 for Surrey came off 119 deliveries and included 8 fours. The Sri Lankan’s fine knock was ended with three overs to go, when he was caught behind off Finn for 115, which was made off 127 balls with 11 fours. He received solid support from Azhar Mahmood, who made a quick half century off 31 balls. The 39 year-old Mahmmod, who is having a good season in one day cricket for Surrey, was eventually caught in the deep off Finn for 52. Surrey ended up on 286-6 in their 50 overs, which left Middlesex needing almost five and a half runs an over to record their first victory in this seasons Royal London Cup competition.
Middlesex got off to a good reply with openers Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan scoring 38 runs of the opening five overs. George Edwards was proving to be very expensive for the visitors, with his opening three overs going for 30. Middlesex lost their first wicket when Malan was caught at cover off Stuart Meaker for 18. Surrey then got the important wicket of Rogers, who was out to a top edge sweep off Dilshan for 42 to leave the home side 88-2. Six balls later a mix up between Eoin Morgan and Nick Gubbins saw Gubbins run out for 20.
Middlesex were in some trouble at 126-4, but thanks to an unbroken partnership of 166 between Eoin Morgan 128 made off 86 balls and Neil Dexter 47 saw Middlesex home to a welcome victory, with 31 balls to spare.
Middlesex suffered their second defeat in this seasons Royal London One Day Cup, when they went down by four runs to Warwickshire at Lords on Sunday.
Warwickshire made 240 for 7 in their 50 overs with Jonathan Trott making 78. Middlesex fell just short of their target despite 96 from Chris Rogers.
Middlesex ended a dissapointing NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a 22 runs defeat against Somerset at Taunton.
Somerset made 183 for 3 in their 20 overs with Nick Compton making 58 and Ravi Patel taking 3-63. Middlesex fell short of their target finishing on 161 for 7 with John Simpson making an undefeated 47.
In the Royal London One Day Cup competition Middlesex opened up their campaign with a seven wicket defeat at the hands of Glamorgan at Cardiff. Middlesex made 174-8 in their 50 overs with Neil Dexter finishing on 43 not out. Michael Hogan claimed 3-46 for the home side. Glamorgan reached their target with almost 14 overs to spare thanks to 70 from Jim Allenby and 61 from Jaques Rudolph.
Middlesex suffered an agonising two wicket defeat off the last ball at the hands of Surrey in the NatWest T20 Blast at Lords on Thursday. Middlesex on winning the toss made 137 for 8 in their 20 overs with Eoin Morgan making 43. Stuart Meaker picked up 4-30 for the visitors. Surrey reached their target off the final ball, needing a single to win.
Middlesex suffered a 220 run defeat at the hands of Yorkshire at Scarborough in the County Championship.
Yorkshire made 253 in their first innings, with Steve Finn claiming 4-81. Middlesex replied with 232 with John Simpson making 110 and Dawid Malan 78. Ryan Sidebottom claimed 7 for 44 for the home side.Yorkshire declared their second innings on 400-5 with Andrew Gale making an undefeated 126. Left 422 runs for victory, Middlesex were bowled out for 201 with John Simpson making 61 and Adil Rashid taking 4-27.
Middlesex have allowed James Harris to join Glamorgan on a month's loan.
Harris will be allowed to play in all competitions, but will not be allowed to play against Middlesex in Cardiff on 26th July.
Middlesex picked up their second NatWest Blast T20 win, with a victory against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on Friday.
Hampshire won the toss and put the Panthers in to bat. In their 20 overs they made 173 for 6 with Paul Stirling top scoring with 64. Hampshire were bowled out for 123, with Neil Dexter claiming 3-43, as Middlesex won by 50 runs.
MIDDLESEX vs SOMERSET
LV= County Championship Division 1 Day 2 Tuesday 8th July 2014
Middlesex 338 Somerset 153-4
Peter Moore at Uxbridge
Middlesex resumed on their overnight total of 221-4, with Dawid Malan ten short of a century. Somerset struck early when John Simpson edged to Trescothick at second slip off the bowling of Craig Overton without scoring. Dawid Malan reached his second century in the space of eight days, with a glorious cover drive off Overton. His 100 coming off 188 balls and included 20 fours.
Alfonso Thomas bagged the key wicket of Malan, caught behind in the third over of the new ball for 124, which came off 218 deliveries and included 24 fours. On the stroke of lunch Paul Stirling chopped on to his stumps off the bowling of Overton for 56, to leave Middlesex 319-7.
Directly after lunch Overton bowled Tim Murtagh first ball, Finn also went for a duck. Overton picked up the last wicket to fall of Toby Roland-Jones, to finish with figures of 4-84, as Middlesex were bowled out for 338.
Somerset’s reply started badly, despite Marcus Trescothick being dropped on five in the slips. Steve Finn struck twice to have Chris Jones caught at first slip for one and Trescothick caught behind for 14 to leave Somerset 15-2. Tim Murtagh then had Alviro Peterson caught behind for one to leave Somerset reeling at 28-3. James Hildreth and Nick Compton staged a fight back with an unbroken partnership of 41, to leave the visitors at tea 69-3.
Neil Dexter broke up the fourth wicket partnership of 75 when he bowled Hildreth for 53. Alex Barrow joined Compton- who was dropped by Stirling in the slips when he had made 16- at the crease and the pair of them added a further 50 runs, when bad light intervened with seven overs of the day left. Somerset closed on 153-4, with Barrow on 19 and Compton 58.
Somerset eventually declared their innings on 264-9, with Nick Compton making 94. Middlesex made 315-5 declared in their second innings, with Nick Gubbins falling five short of a maiden first class century, leaving Somerset 390 runs to win. Compton continued his fine form with an undefeated 83, but with time running out both sides shook hands on a draw, as Somerset finished up on 203-4, with Middlesex taking 11 points from the match and Somerset 10.
MIDDLESEX vs GLAMORGAN
NatWest T20 Blast Thursday 3rd July 2014
Peter Moore at Richmond
MIDDLESEX 184-3 (20) GLAMORGAN 187-4 (19.3)
Glamorgan won by six wickets
A magnificent century from Captain Jim Allenby ensured Glamorgan picked up their fourth win in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast and left Middlesex rooted at the bottom of the table.
On a scintillating hot evening in Richmond, Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat first. The Panthers went into this match without the services of Adam Voges, who was expected to play. Voges recently underwent shoulder surgery and as part of his rehab he has been playing for Middlesex’s second eleven and training with the first eleven. Middlesex felt that he isn’t quite ready to perform at his best at this point in time.
The Panthers lost Joe Denly in the second over, out to a spectacular running catch on the boundary from Stewart Walters. A partnership of 76 between Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan was broken by Dean Cosker when Michael Hogan took a superb catch low down at cover to leave Middlesex on 83-2 in the tenth over. Malan proceeded to his half century which came off just 38 balls including four 4’s and one six. Malan received splendid support from Dan Christian, as the pair put on 69 for the third wicket before the visitors pulled off another superb piece of fielding, this time Chris Cook, on the boundary caught Christian low down for 48. Malan went on to make an undefeated 68, coming off 48 deliveries, as Middlesex made 184 for 3 in their 20 overs.
The Glamorgan opening partnership of Jim Allenby and Jacques Rudolph put on a record opening first wicket T20 stand against Middlesex of 136, before Rudolph went for 42. With just 18 runs needed off 24 balls, Harry Podmore was brought back into the attack and removed Mark Wallace for 11 to leave Glamorgan 162-2 needing 19 off 12 balls. Jim Allenby played a superb Captains knock bringing up his century off 61 balls including 13 fours and one six, before holing out to Morgan for 105, which came of only 63 balls, off the bowling of Harris. Next ball Wright holed out to Denly first ball to leave Harris on a hat trick. The hat trick delivery went for four to leave Glamorgan needing six runs to win of the final over bowled by Podmore. The first ball was called a wide, second ball Chris Cook could well have been run out but the throw went for an overthrow as Glamorgan ran two. Cook eventually hit the winning runs when he straight drove Podmore to the boundary for a Glamorgan victory with three balls to spare.
MIDDLESEX vs NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
LV= County Championship Divison One Day 3
Tuesday 1st July 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
MIDDLESEX 488-9 Dec. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 384
A maiden first-class century from Stephen Crook, and a century partnership between Crook and Andrew Hall ensured that bottom side Northamptonshire seized the initiative away from Middlesex, on a disappointing day for the home side.
Northamptonshire resumed on their overnight total of 89-3 with the fourth wicket partnership of Rob Newton and James Kettleborough counter attacking with some fine shots in the morning, until Toby Roland-Jones pinned Newton for 35 to leave the visitors 116-4. Steve Finn then produced a fine caught and bowled to remove Ben Duckett, as the visitors were left struggling at 123-5. There were no further setbacks for the visitors in the morning session as Kettleborough remained defiant at the crease, with Northants at Lunch 165-5 with Kettleborough 71* and Andrew Hall on 23*.
Shortly after lunch Northamptonshire lost their sixth wicket when Kettleborough drove at a Finn delivery and was caught at second slip by Eoin Morgan. The 21 year old, playing in only his second match for the visitors had made a patient career best 73. A century partnership between Andrew Hall and Stephen Crook rescued the visitors, as Middlesex used seven bowlers to try and wrap up the innings quickly. At tea, Northants had enjoyed a successful afternoon session with Hall and Crook stretching the seventh wicket partnership to 144, with Hall 85* and Crook 75* and the visitors 312-6, 176 behind.
Finn struck third ball after tea bowling Hall- who was dropped on 35- leg stump for a fine 75. Crook reached his maiden first-class century with a dab down to third man, his century coming off 103 balls with 19 fours. Crook was eventually stumped of the bowling of Ravi Patel for a career best 131. Patel also claimed the final wicket to fall when he bowled Maurice Chambers for 20, as the visitors were dismissed for 384, with Steve Finn taking 4-110.
Middlesex were left 11 overs to negotiate, during that time they lost Chris Rogers who holed out straight down deep square legs throat for 18, but Dawid Malan and Nick Gubbins survived the closing overs as Middlesex reached 30-1 at the close, an overall lead of 174.
On the final day Middlesex declared their second innings on 199-5, with Eoin Morgan hitting an undefeated 81. Northants were set 304 from a minimum of 56 overs. They had reached 82-3 when both teams agreed on a draw.
Middlesex remain bottom of the South Group of the NatWest T20 Blast, after suffering a six wicket defeat against Sussex at Hove on Friday.
Sussex won the toss and inserted the visitors. Middlesex were bowled out for just 107, with Ryan Higgins top scoring with 31. Lewis Hatchett and Will Beer took three wickets apiece for the home side. Sussex reached their target with 23 balls remaining thanks to an undefeated 74 from Chris Nash.
MIDDLESEX vs GLOUCESTERSHIRE
NatWest T20 Blast South Group Thursday 26th June 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
Gloucestershire 105-6 (20)
Match Abandoned Middlesex 1 pt Gloucestershire 1 pt
Gloucestershire won the toss and decided to bat, but after the opening three overs they found themselves in trouble when James Harris had Alex Gidman caught for 0 and Chris Dent 3, to leave the visitors in trouble at 9-2. Harry Podmore then removed the dangerous Hamish Marshall for 1 to leave Gloucestershire reeling at 16-3.
Ian Cockbain made 20 before he was caught at deep-midwicket as the visitors struggled in their first ten overs with the score board showing 39-4. A partnership of 49 for the 5th wicket between Bernie Howell (39) and Alex Gidman (15) was broken when Harry Podmore returned in the 18th over and had Howell caught on the boundary. The youngster also removed Adam Rouse for 4 as Gloucestershire finished on 105-6 in their allocated 20 overs, with young Harry Podmore claiming 3-13 in his four overs.
Rain delayed the Middlesex reply, and with rain still falling the umpires decided that there would not be enough time for a shortened version of the game, with the match being abandoned at 8:50.
Essex consolidated their position at the top of the South group of the NatWest T20 Blast, after a thrilling two wicket victory against Middlesex at Chelmsford on Friday.
Essex won the toss and put Middlesex in to bat. The visitors made 153-5 in their 20 overs thanks to 69 from Eoin Morgan. Essex reached their total, mainly due to 42 from Mark Pettini and a fine undefeated 33 late on from Tim Phillips.
MIDDLESEX vs SOMERSET
NatWest T20 Blast 2014 South Group
Wednesday 18th June 2014 Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
Somerset 152-4 Middlesex 155-2
Middlesex won by 8 wickets
Middlesex recorded their first win in this seasons NatWest T20 Blast, with a comfortable eight wicket defeat of Somerset on Wednesday. The victory was sealed thanks to a 3rd wicket partnership of 128 between Joe Denly and Ryan Higgins to see them over the line.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat. The opening partnership of Chris Jones and Craig Kieswetter put on 62 runs in eight overs when Ravi Patel struck by having Jones caught on the deep-square leg boundary for 28. Patel also removed the dangerous Peter Trego off the same fielder, and in the same position, for 3 to leave Somerset 71-2. Kieswetter became the leading run scorer in the competition by bringing up his 50 , which came off 43 balls including five fours. Patel continued to bowl economically with his final figures reading 4-0-24-2.
Kiesweeter’s fine innings of 74 was ended in the last over when he was caught in the deep off Harris. The visitors finished on 152-4 off their allocated 20 overs.
Middlesex were soon in trouble when Dawid Malan was trapped LBW by Trego, first ball that he received. Dirk Nannes then claimed the key wicket of Eoin Morgan, caught on the deep-square leg boundary for 7 to leave the home side 27-2. But an unbroken partnership of 128 between Joe Denly 98 and T20 and Middlesex first team debutant Ryan Higgins 44 saw Middlesex to victory with 17 balls to spare.
Middlesex suffered a six wicket defeat at the hands of Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in the County Championship.
The home side won the toss and inserted Middlesex. The visitors made 505 with Chris Rogers making 180 and Eoin Morgan recording a championship best 191. The pair put on 272 for the 3rd wicket. Notts responded well, and were eventually bowled out for 392 with Alex Hales falling four short of a century. Tim Murtagh took 6-93 for the visitors. Middlesex declared their second innings at 271-9, with Paul Stirling remaining unbeaten on 66. Requiering 384 to win the home side reached their target thanks to 94 from Hales and 76 from Phil Jaques. Ravi Patel took 3-95 for Middlesex. The victory moved Notts to the top of the table, with Middlesex taking 8 points from the game and Notts 22.
Middlesex slumped to their sixth consecutive defeat in this seasons NatWest BigBash 20, after suffering a 16 run defeat at the hands of Kent at Canterbury.
Kent won the toss and decided to bat. The home side made 208-4 in their 20 overs, with Sam Northeast hitting 54. Middlesex fell short of their target, despite an ubelivable single handed effort from Dan Christian. The Australian smashed 129, all in vain as Kent picked up the winning points, thanks to David Griffiths who took 4-22.
Despite Middlesex's latest County Championship match against Durham at the Emirates IGC ending in a draw, Middlesex remain at the top of the table. Middlesex won the toss and put the home side in to bat. Durham made 568-9 declared with Scott Borthwick hitting a career best 216 and Mark Stoneman making 187. For the visitors Toby Roland-Jones continued his fine form this season by picking up 5-103. Middlesex made 330 in their first innings with Joe Denly scoring 59, Paul Stirling 55 and Roland-Jones hitting 63. Following on Middlesex reached 90-2, with the last day completely washed out the game finished in a draw. Middlesex took 9 points from the game and Durham 13.
Middlesex's Championship game against Sussex at Merchant Taylors School was abandoned without a single ball bowled. Both sides picked up five points each.
Middlesex moved to the top of Division One in the County Championship, after completing an innings and 84 run victory against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat, they were eventually bowled out for 283, with Captain Stephen Peters making 67. Toby Roland-Jones took a career best 6-55. Middlesex made 543-7 declared in their first innings, thanks to an unbeaten career best 163 not out from Neil Dexter. Chris Rogers 106 and Dawid Malan 92 put on 190 for the 2nd wicket to put the visitors on course for a big first innings total. Roland-Jones inflicted more punishment for the home side , this time with the bat hitting a career best 60. Northamptonshire were bowled out for 176 in their second innings, with Ben Duckett making 56 and Roland-Jones picking up 6-50, for match figures of 12-105.
Middlesex opened up their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with two defeats against Essex and Sussex. The Double Header at Lords opened up with Essex the visitors. Middlesex made 180 for 5 in their 20 overs thanks to an unbeaten 86 from Dawid Malan and 77 from Eoin Morgan. Essex reached their target with six balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 95 from Mark Pettini and an undefeated 45 from Ravi Bopara. Shortly afterwards Middlesex took on Sussex and suffered a 13 run defeat. Sussex were bowled out for 128, with Toby Roland-Jones taking 3- 25. Middlesex could only make 115-6 in their 20 overs with Eoin Morgan top scoring with 30.
459-8 Dec. 266
LV=County Championship Day 3 Tuesday 13th May 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
After a delayed start of 30 minutes, Middlesex resumed on their overnight total of 275-3. Despite a morning intermixed with three stoppages for rain and bad light, an early lunch was taken.
When play resumed in glorious sunshine in the afternoon, Eoin Morgan went on to reach his century with a square-cut off Kyle Hogg. His 100 coming up off 188 balls which included 12 fours. It had been a long wait for Morgan to reach the magic three figures, his last Championship hundred coming in 2009.
Shortly afterwards Lancashire struck for the first time in the day when Neil Dexter was bowled by Hogg with a ball that kept very low for 51. Morgan was then caught down the leg side off Smith for 103. Hogg then grabbed the wicket of Denly(8) to leave the home side 317-6.
Ollie Rayner joined John Simpson in the middle, and with both batsman yet to open their account the visitors would have fancied mopping up the lower order, but the pair added an unbroken stand of 95 with Rayner45* and Simpson 44* to steer the home side at tea to 412-6.
Rayner moved on to 50 shortly after tea, straight driving Simon Kerrigan to the boundary to reach his half-century, which came off 91 balls including six fours. Simpson matched his partner, bringing up his 50 off 92 balls including three fours and one six, before he holed out at mid-on off Kerrigan to break the stand that was worth 124 runs. With quick runs on the agenda Rayner decided to take on Kerrigan, he had made 77 when he was well caught by Karl Brown. Middlesex duly declared their innings with the total on 459-8, giving the home side a first innings lead of 193.
With more rain falling, there was only time for ten overs for Lancashire to negotiate. They lost opener Luke Reece who was trapped LBW by Tim Murtagh for 2, but night watchman Simon Kerrigan joined Paul Horton at the crease and the pair steered the visitors to 15 for 1 at the close.
The visitors struggled in their second innings and were eventually bowled out for 223, thanks mainly to a 6th wicket partnership of 117 between Ashwell Prince and Jos Butler. The ever reliable Tim Murtagh picking up 6-60. Requiring just 31 for victory, the home side cantered to their target without losing a wicket, to record another home win at the headquarters of cricket.
Ollie Rayner has signed a two year extension to his current Middlesex contract. He will now be able to play for Middlesex until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Since joining the county on loan from Sussex in 2011, he has scored over 1,200 runs and taken over 100 wickets in all forms of the game. Rayner was also selected in the winter for the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka.
Middlesex suffered an innings and 47 runs defeat inside three days against Warwickshire in the County Championship at Edgbaston.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but were bowled out for 167. At one stage Middlesex had slumped to 66-8, but were rescued by an unbeaten 37 from Steve Finn and 25 from Toby Roland-Jones. Chris Wright bagged 4-56 for the home side. Warwickshire replied with 462, with Tim Ambrose hitting 167 and Jeetan Patel 105. In their second innings Middlesex were bowled out for 248, with Chris Rogers making 82 and Sam Robson 68.
MIDDLESEX vs YORKSHIRE
LV= County Championship Division 1 Day 2 Monday 28th April 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
Yorkshire 178 Middlesex 123
Middlesex resumed on a murky morning, under grey clouds at Lords on 64 for 3. They added seven further runs when Ryan Sidebottom produced an out swinger that Neil Dexter edged behind. Sidebottom then trapped Denly (7) LBW, and had Morgan brilliantly caught by Lyth at second slip after a loose drive to leave the home side in disarray on 83-6. At the time of the wicket, Sidebottom had the impressive figures of 7 overs, 3 for 9 from the Pavillion End.
Liam Plunkett removed Simpson for 6 and Murtagh 3. In between this spell the impressive Jack Brooks returned from the Pavillion End to bowl Rayner for 15. Steve Finn became the last man out when he lofted a ball to silly mid-off for 7, as the home side were bowled out for 123 on the stroke of lunch, having lost their last seven wickets for 67 runs, with Ryan Sidebottom taking 4-34 and Jack Brooks 3-47.
With a first innings lead of 55, and the sun breaking through, openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees were untroubled on putting on an opening partnership of 82 when spinner Ollie Rayner bowled Lees for 33. Lyth went to a half century, before he was brilliantly caught at second slip by Rayner of the bowling of Finn for 54. Joe Root, on a pair, joined Kayne Willamson and the pair took the visitors to 119-2 at tea, an overall lead of 174.
Joe Root went on to record a half century late in the afternoon, and along with the New Zealander Kayne Williamson the pair added 98 for the third wicket when Finn had Williamson caught low down by Sam Robson for 37.
Middlesex continued their late fight back, and it was Finn once again who got the prize wicket of Root, for the second time in the game, trapping the youngster LBW for a fine 63. Night watchman Scott Patterson joined Gary Balance at the crease, and the pair of them managed to see out the remaining six overs of the days play to leave Yorkshire with a very healthy lead of 268 runs, and in a good position to record a victory.
Yorkshire were eventually bowled out for 416, with Gary Ballance making 130 and Steve Finn picking up 4-89. Set a daunting 472 to win Nobody could have believed what they witnessed on the final day as Middlesex pulled of an unlikely victory by seven wickets, thanks to an unbeaten 241 from Chris Rogers. It was also the highest winning fourth-innings score made by Middlesex at Lords.
Middlesex 19 points Yorkshire 3 points
Middlesex have signed Australian Dan Christian for this summer's NatWest T20 Blast.
Christian, 30, is expected to arrive in the country around the middle of May, and will be available to play in all of Middlesex's T20 Blast Group matches. The Australian has recently been playing in Australia's one-day and T20 sides. He most recently represented his country in the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
MIDDLESEX vs NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
LV=County Championship Division One Day two 14th April 2014
Peter Moore at Lords
Nottinghamshire 326 Middlesex 296 for 4
Sam Robson sent out an early season message to the England selectors with a magnificent undefeated 144, as Middlesex recovered from 19-2 to end the day 30 runs behind Notts with six wickets in hand.
Nottinghamshire resumed on their overnight total of 315 -8 and were bowled out inside twenty minutes for 326, with Steve Finn taking 5-91 and James Harris 4-80.
Middlesex were in trouble early on when Chris Rogers edged to Patel at third slip for 15 off Luke Fletcher. Eoin Morgan survived three balls then was caught behind of the same bowler without scoring, to leave the home side struggling at 19-2. Eoin Morgan- desperately short of runs- joined Robson in the middle and steered Middlesex to 60-2 at Lunch.
The afternoon session belonged to Robson and Morgan who added an unbeaten 177 for the third wicket. Robson went on to his 12th First-Class century of his career, his 100 coming off 170 balls and including 14 fours. He was ably assisted by Eoin Morgan who was undefeated on 74 as Middlesex at tea had moved on to 196 for 2 with Robson 103 not out.
After tea Nottinghamshire eventually managed to break the third wicket partnership between Robson and Morgan, but not before they had put on 203. Morgan was caught behind off the bowling of Gurney for a fine 86, which was his highest first-class score in 27 innings since his 104 against India in 2011. Andy Rossington made 8 before he was trapped LBW by Andy Carter to leave Middlesex 237 for 4. John Simpson joined Robson at the crease and the pair of them saw Middlesex to the close on 296 for 4 with Robson undefeated on 144 and Simpson 32.
Middlesex went on to declare their first innings at 439-9, with Sam Robson making 163 and John Simpson an undefeated 108. Notts in their second innings were bowled out for 224 with Chris Read making 44 and Tim Murtagh claiming 5-61 and Finn 4-82. Middlesesx were left 112 to win. They reached their target without losing a wicket thanks to Chris Rogers 63 and Robson's 41.
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