Robson ton gives Middlesex the edge on Day One. 19th Sep.2018


18th SEPTEMBER 2018

                    MIDDLESEX        vs   DERBYSHIRE

                  Specsavers County Championship Day 1

                         Tuesday 18th September 2018

                             Peter Moore at Lords

                   MIDDLESEX  350-8      DERBYSHIRE

A first century by Sam Robson this season- and his highest score for Middlesex this summer- gave Middlesex the edge on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match with Derbyshire at Lords.

Robson, also became Middlesex’s first century maker since May 6th. Robson received superb support from Max Holden who was closing in on a century, as the hosts finished the day in a good position.

On the week that saw Middlesex announce that spinner Ravi Patel was going to be released, both these sides came into today’s penultimate match of the season, with pride to play for.

There was an uncontested toss with Derbyshire opening with Tony Palladino and New Zealander Lockie Ferguson, with the floodlights in action from the first delivery.

Middlesex openers Sam Robson and Nick Gubbins added 64 for the first wicket before Hardus Viljoen trapped Gubbins(20) lbw to a delivery that kept low. Despite Derbyshire turning to five bowlers used before lunch, the star of the morning session was Robson who batted beautifully to remain unbeaten on 58, as Middlesex lunched on 102 for 1.

During the lunch interval 24 year-old Stevie Eskinazi was presented with his County Cap in front of the pavilion by Angus Fraser. As the sun broke through in the afternoon session, the visitors opened the afternoon session by introducing Matt Critchley into the attack. Critchley, struck in his sixth over by ending a partnership of 75 for the second wicket by trapping Eskinazi(35) lbw.

Viljoen claimed his second wicket of the day when Dawid Malan(16) fell to the sucker punch and was caught at long leg hooking to leave Middlesex 166 for 3.  Robson- particularly good of his legs- brought up his century off 180 balls with 14 deliveries in the final over before tea, as Middlesex ended the session on 219 for 3. Earlier, Middlesex had earned just their 10th batting point of the season when the 200 was posted.

Youngster Max Holden and Robson added 132 for the fourth wicket, and in so doing ensured Middlesex passed 300 for only the second time this season.

Derbyshire took the new ball straight away and within two overs were rewarded when Palladino was on a hat trick after Robson’s fine knock of 132- his highest score of the season- was ended after he edged to second slip. Robbie White was then caught at first slip first ball to leave James Harris facing the hat trick delivery. The hat trick delivery was left alone by Harris, as Middlesex were reduced from 289 for 3 to 298 for 5.  The visitors bowling attack looked a different side as Harris bagged a duck after being given out lbw off Palladino, who claimed three wickets for one run off nine balls.  The former Essex seamer then claimed his fourth victim off the day when he trapped Martin Andersson(3) lbw. Ferguson then snapped up the wicket of James Fuller(17) to leave the hosts 341 for 8. By the close of play Holden was four runs away from his maiden century for Middlesex as the home side closed on 350 for 8.


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