Wednesday, 6th September 2006

Compton rescues Middlesex after Shreck hat-trick

FIXTURE

Vs: Nottinghamshire

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Lord's

Day 1

Middlesex’s stay in Division One of the Liverpool Victoria County Championship is threadbare after a disappointing first day performance at Lord’s. It could have been a lot worse after a Charlie Shreck spell of four wickets in six balls (including a ‘hat-trick’) had reduced them to 92-6. They were indebted to Nick Compton who carried his bat for 105 out of a Middlesex all out total of 230.

Nottinghamshire consolidated their position by close of play, advancing to 120-2 before bad light caused the players to leave the field resulting in the loss of the last six overs.

Nottinghamshire won the toss and invited Middlesex to bat first on a fine Autumnal day; Middlesex were again without the injured Scott Styris and Chad Keegan, but Chris Silverwood came back into the team from the side that lost the NatWest Pro40 league match the previous day.

Middlesex lost a wicket in the first over of the day when skipper Ben Hutton hit Ryan Sidebottom to Patel at cover point without scoring. Owais Shah joined Compton at the wicket and they saw off the opening bowlers adding 53 runs for the second wicket. Compton passed 1,000 championship runs for the first time when he had reach twenty three before Shah was trapped LBW by Franks for 26.

Ed Smith, coming in at number four with Hutton back in the team, struck six boundaries in an innings of 28 off 31 deliveries before he was caught off the last ball of Shreck’s ninth over. In Shreck’s following over, he had Eoin Morgan caught at the wicket for a first ball duck and then bowled Paul Weekes with his next delivery to record a ‘hat-trick’. David Nash survived two balls before edging a catch to slip to leave Middlesex on 92-6. Chris Peploe survived the last ball of the over, and with two runs coming off the following over, Middlesex went into lunch on 94-6 after 31 overs (Compton 33 not out).

Peploe like Compton, batted competently after lunch and Compton reached his fifty (off 122 balls, 9 fours) before Peploe was caught at slip for 34 off Harris – the pair having added 53 runs for the seventh wicket. Louw supported Compton for nine overs before he was caught at slip again off Harris having made five.

When Chris Wright fell to another slip catch, Middlesex were 174-9 with Nick Compton 72 not out. Chris Silverwood gave Compton valuable support to take Middlesex to a solitary batting point before Silverwood pulled Shreck into the grandstand for a six. Compton had farmed most of the bowling and he reached his fourth championship hundred of the season. The pair had added 56 runs for the last wicket when Silverwood was caught for 23 to give Shreck his fifth wicket of the innings.

Nick Compton was 105 not out (scored off 177 balls with 15 fours); Shreck who took eight Middlesex second innings wickets at Trent Bridge finished with figures of 5-79 off 22 overs.

Chris Silverwood struck an early blow when he trapped Darren Bicknell LBW with the first ball of his second over and he followed up by having keeper David Alleyne caught behind in his sixth to reduce the visitors to 42-2. Here the Middlesex success ended with Will Smith reaching a fifty off 89 balls just before the close and with Stephen Fleming guided the visitors to 120-2.

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