Sunday, 17th September 2006

Middlesex suffer relegation from Nat West Pro40 League.


Vs: Northamptonshire

Match: 40L 1

Venue: Northampton

One day

Middlesex were relegated from the first division of the Nat West Pro40 League following a dramatic collapse at Northampton. After being in trouble on 17-3, Owais Shah and Jamie Dalrymple put on 127 runs for the fourth wicket before Middlesex, needing a further 55 runs, lost their last seven wickets for just 26 runs.

Chasing Northamptonshire’s total of 198-6, Middlesex lost Paul Weekes (playing his last one day match for Middlesex) to the very first ball of the innings when he was bowled by Nicholson. Nicholson followed up by having Ed Smith caught at second slip for five, and bowled Ed Joyce off an inside edge to reduce the visitors to 17-3.

Shah and Dalrymple repaired the damage with good placement of the ball and good running between the wickets. The off spin of Brown and slow left arm spin of Montie Panasar was played well as Dalrymple reached his fifty off 75 balls (1 six & 4 fours) and Shah his shortly afterwards (off 76 balls, 4 fours).

After six wicket less overs, Panasar held one back to have Dalrymple caught and bowled for 57 and in his final over bowled Owais Shah for 63 to turn the match round. Middlesex needed a further 46 runs with five overs remaining, but Lance Klusner took the remaining five Middlesex wickets in the space of nine deliveries.

Nick Compton was bowled for four trying to improvise and Klusner trapped Ben Scott LBW for a second ball duck. Eight runs were scored off the 37th over and when Johann Louw took three runs off the first ball of Klusner’s next over, 32 runs were needed off 17 balls. Ben Hutton then holed out to Afzaal at long on before Johann Louw was out next ball to a magnificent catch by Rogers on the boundary at deep wide long on.

Peploe got a single off the ‘hat-trick’ ball but Chris Silverwood, having got a two off the first ball faced, was caught off the next ball to give Northamptonshire victory by 28 runs. Klusner finished with figures of 5-33 off six overs to go with his innings of 45 not out earlier in the day.

Northamptonshire had been in trouble at 94-5 after 21.2 overs but were held together by opener Rogers who made 70 off 75 balls faced before being sixth out at 117. It was only a late assault by Klusner and Phillips who added fifty off the last four overs that enabled the hosts to set a competitive total.

Jamie Dalrymple, returning from England one day duty, had a fine all-round match taking 2-26 from his eight overs to go with his innings of 57.

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