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Thursday, 22nd June 2006

Middlesex facing innings defeat at Lord's

Middlesex had another disappointing day at Lord’s and face their second consecutive innings defeat, trailing Lancashire by 297 runs with nine wickets standing at the close of play . In the morning, the visitors resumed their innings from a position of strength on 359-5, but the Middlesex seam attack of Silverwood, Louw and Mohammad Ali contained the Lancashire batsmen Sutton and Hogg without managing to get a breakthrough. Both batsmen passed the fifty mark and at the end of the 130th over, the last for gaining any bowling bonus points, the visitors had reached 464-5. Scott Styris then had Luke Sutton caught at mid-on for 72 and in his following over trapped Dominic Cork LBW for one. Paul Weekes who had just come on at the Nursery End then trapped Smith leg before for two, and Styris then got his fifth wicket of the innings when he had Hogg caught for 70. Lancashire went into lunch on 485-9. The Lancashire last wicket pair of Newby and Keedy lasted twenty minutes after lunch, adding a further 20 runs before Styris took his sixth wicket when he bowled Newby. Styris finished with figures of 6-71 off 27.3 overs, beating his previous best for Middlesex of 6-73 against Glamorgan last season. Middlesex were soon in deep trouble against some hostile bowling from Dominic Cork, losing their first four wickets with only 35 runs on the board. Ed Smith was LBW to Cork for a duck off the second ball of the innings, Compton was bowled by Cork for eight and Eoin Morgan was surprised by the snorter of a ball from Cork and caught at second slip for four. Owais Shah was fourth out for 19, bowled, playing no shot to a delivery from Smith. Paul Weekes joined Styris at the wicket and they doubled the score before Styris was trapped LBW for 19. David Nash, who had replaced Ben Scott in the team as wicket-keeper primarily to strengthen the batting, came in at number seven, but he lost Weekes who was caught at the wicket off Keedy. Louw joined Nash and this pair saw Middlesex to tea on 92-6 after 31 overs. After tea, Louw struck Keedy for a straight six and with Nash in determined mood, they added 46 runs for the seventh wicket before Cork accounted for Louw with another steepler having him caught at second slip for 20. Nash hit Cork for two boundaries in an over before Chris Peploe was caught behind for a duck off Hogg. Silverwood saw Nash to his fifty (off 87 balls, 7 fours) before he was ninth out, holing out to mid-on off Newby for eleven. Middlesex were all out next ball when Mohammad Ali, trying to put the ball over the Tavern Stand, succeeded only in hitting it miles in the air before being caught by wicket-keeper Sutton. Nash was left stranded on 52 not out as Middlesex followed on 344 runs behind. Nine overs remained, and Ed Smith avoided a ‘pair’ when he scored two off Cork’s opening delivery. Cork was keen to add to his excellent first innings figures of 4-61 off 15 overs, but it was Tom Smith who made the breakthrough when he had Nick Compton caught at the wicket for nine. Chris Peploe came in as night watchman and with Ed Smith saw Middlesex reach 47 without further loss at the close of play.

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