Saturday, 23rd September 2006

Middlesex achieve a draw at Canterbury

FIXTURE

Vs: Kent

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Canterbury

Day 4

Middlesex achieved a draw at Canterbury on the last day of the season, when after following on 190 runs in arrears, they batted with admirable spirit in reaching 264-5 declared when stumps were drawn.

Paul Weekes who has given such sterling service to the county was fittingly there at the end, four not out, and walked off the field to a standing ovation before going into retirement. Former captain David Fulton led the Kent team on his final day as a Kent player and he was accorded the same ovation as he too left the field.

In the morning, Johann Louw struck three boundaries in the opening over from Tredwell before holing out in the following over to reduce Middlesex to 340-9. Some spirited hitting by Chris Wright and Chris Silverwood saw the visitors to maximum batting points as the pair added 72 runs for the last wicket.

Silverwood was eventually bowled for 43, scored off just 25 deliveries (3 sixes & 3 fours), leaving Wright 34 not out (off 30 balls, 2 sixes & 2 fours). Robert Ferley finished with figures of 6-136 from 31.2 overs of left arm spin bowling.

Hutton and Compton produced the best opening partnership of the season for Middlesex in the county championship, putting on 97 runs before Hutton was caught off a top edge from Ferley. Compton who again batted splendidly reached a fifty off 64 balls (7 fours) and with Owais Shah added 99 runs for the second wicket.

Compton reached his fifth championship hundred of the season before he went down the track to Ferley and was easily stumped by Jones when he had made exactly 100 (off 171 balls, 10 fours). Shah, who had passed 1,000 championship runs in the season when he had scored fourteen, reached a fifty before popping up a catch at short leg off Tredwell to be dismissed for 52 (off 112 balls, 4 fours).

Ed Smith was run out two balls later having made sixteen, and with two new batsmen at the crease, Kent had just a glimmer of hope with Middlesex leading by only 38 runs.
Ed Joyce was caught off the last ball before the start of the last hour of the match, but David Nash and Paul Weekes safely batted through eight overs before the Middlesex declaration came and the match ended.


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