Friday, 1st September 2006

Yorkshire need 234 runs to beat Middlesex on final day


Vs: Yorkshire

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Scarborough

Day 3

On a day when fifteen wickets fell, Yorkshire require a further 234 runs to beat Middlesex with all second innings wickets intact. Middlesex were without the services of Styris and Keegan in the field again due to back problems.

In the morning, Middlesex took the remaining five Yorkshire first innings wickets in the space of sixteen overs to secure a first innings lead of fifty runs. Johann Louw trapped Guy LBW in his second over of the morning before Chris Silverwood polished off the tail giving him figures of 5-63 off 21.1 overs against his former county. Joe Sayers carried his bat to finish 122 not out.

The Middlesex openers, Hutton and Compton safely saw off the new ball before Yorkshire brought on their two young leg spinners, Lawson and Rashid. Compton was out stumped in Lawson’s second over but Middlesex went into lunch on 41-1 after 15 overs.

Hutton and Shah applied themselves well against the sharp turn and lift that the spinners were getting, with Hutton reaching his fifty with a six over wide long on (off 90 balls, 1 six & 6 fours). The hundred came up in the 31st over, but Shah was trapped LBW in the following over for 22. Ed Smith (15) and Paul Weekes (5) were both trapped by Rashid to reduce the visitors to 159-4.

Hutton reached his hundred (off 152 balls, 2 sixes & 10 fours) but he lost Nash as a partner when the latter was caught at slip for 14. Scott Styris came in to bat at number seven but was still struggling with his back injury. Styris fell in the last over before tea, caught at slip off Rashid for five; Middlesex going into the break on 189-6 (Hutton 105 not out).

The innings subsided after tea with Middlesex losing their remaining four wickets in just 35 deliveries. Hutton was out to the first ball he faced after the interval, another catch for McGrath at slip off Lawson. Louw and Keegan were out in Lawson’s 21 over before Peploe and Silverwood added 21 runs for the last wicket. Lawson had figures of 6-88 from 22 overs and Rashid 4-96 from 26.4 overs.

The Yorkshire openers White and Sayers batted through the remaining 23 overs without being parted.

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