Wednesday, 8th June 2005
Middlesex won the toss at Lord’s against their old foes from the other side of the Thames and elected to bat on a fine sunny day with not a cloud in the sky.
Despite the lack of cloud cover, the ball swung in the air and offered some seam movement off the pitch. Under the circumstances, the Middlesex openers Ed Smith and Ben Hutton did extremely well batting throughout the morning session, as Middlesex went into lunch on 89-0 after 35 overs.
Ed Smith reached his fifty in the second over after the resumption, but when the partnership reached exactly 100, Hutton was bowled by Martin Bicknell for 44 (off 109 balls, 5 fours). In Bicknell’s next over, he dismissed Owais Shah caught behind for a duck and shortly afterwards, Ed Smith was bowled by Tim Murtagh for 60 (131 balls, 9 fours).
James Ormond then trapped both Scott Styris (8) and Ed Joyce (24) leg before, and half the Middlesex side were out for 148.
Dalrymple and Weekes led a recovery against the spin of Harbhajan Singh at the pavilion end and the Surrey seamers at the nursery end. At tea they had added 69 runs to see Middlesex reach 217-5 after 72 overs.
Dalrymple reached his half century, and the pair had added 110 for the fifth wicket when Paul Weekes (39) played on to give Ormond a third wicket. Dalrymple’s fine innings of 77 ended when he pulled a ball from Harbhajan Singh to mid wicket, scored off 143 balls with 13 fours.
Irfan Pathan and Ben Scott safely negotiated the new ball, and at the close of an excellent day’s cricket Pathan was 33 not out, with Ben Scott on 13 not out, as Middlesex finished the day on 319-7.
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