Sunday, 20th August 2006

Middlesex secure 11 points from Old Trafford draw.


Vs: Lancashire

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Old Trafford

Day 4

A full day’s play was possible on the last day of the Liverpool Victoria County Championship at Old Trafford but with a total of 207 overs play lost, the two sides not surprisingly opted for collecting bonus points rather than trying to conjure up a finish. Middlesex and Lancashire collected eleven points from the drawn match.

Middlesex resumed their quest for batting points in the morning against the spin of Keedy at the Brian Statham End and the gentle seam of Astle at the Stretford End. Ten runs came off the opening over from Keedy and Paul Weekes and David Nash took Middlesex within range of their third batting point before Weekes was caught at silly mid-off for 36.

David Nash and Chris Peploe saw Middlesex to the third point and added 37 runs for the eighth wicket with David Nash reaching his fifty (off 108 balls, 4 fours) before Peploe missed a ball from Astle and was bowled for 16. Keegan joined Nash and they took the visitors to within two runs of a fourth batting point before Keegan went down the track to Keedy and was easily stumped by Sutton. Johann Louw scored two runs off the first ball he faced to secure the fourth batting point before Middlesex declared on 350-9 with David Nash 68 not out.

A minimum of 71 overs remained for Lancashire and Middlesex to gather bonus points. Middlesex set attacking fields from the start and were rewarded with the wicket of Sutcliffe, caught at the wicket off Chad Keegan as Lancashire went into lunch on 45-1 after 12 overs. Scott Styris trapped Lancashire captain Chilton LBW for 35 in the first over after lunch but that was to be the last success until the last ball before tea.

Law and Loye gathered runs at five runs an over adding 98 runs for the third wicket before Law, having made 41 off 51 balls, had to retire with a back injury. Astle joined Loye and they added a further 69 runs with Loye reaching a hundred off 127 balls (1 six & 12 fours) before he was stumped off Chris Peploe for 107. Lancashire went into tea on 215-3.

Astle and Sutton saw Lancashire to their second batting point before Louw had Sutton caught at slip for 27. Louw had Chapple caught at the wicket first ball before removing Astle for 44 in his following over when an attempted pull shot went straight up in the air to give Louw a return catch. The last hour of the match was signalled and Paul Weekes joined the attack from the Stretford End with Chris Peploe continuing at the Brian Statham End.

Hogg hit Weekes for six to bring up the 300 but he was out LBW the following delivery for 24. Law resumed his innings at this point with a runner and with Tom Smith added 26 runs for the eighth wicket before Smith was caught at slip off Chris Peploe. Dominic Cork struck a rapid 21 off 15 balls before he pulled a ball from Peploe to deep mid-wicket where Nick Compton took a fine running catch to give Middlesex maximum bowling points. Chad Keegan bowled last man Keedy for a duck leaving Law
64 not out.

Chris Peploe had figures of 3-109 from 26 overs and Johann Louw 3-89 from 16 overs.

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