Thursday, 9th June 2005

Bad light makes positive result unlikely


Vs: Surrey

Match: TOM1

Venue: Lord's

Day 2

On an overcast second day at Lordís, bad light stopped play at 17.40pm, which resulted in the loss of 18.2 overs. With Surrey still 280 runs behind Middlesex with eight first innings wickets intact, a positive outcome on a good wicket remains unlikely.

Resuming from their overnight score of 319-7, the Middlesex tail-enders did a tremendous job adding a further 118 runs before being all out for 437.

Irfan Pathan and Ben Scott added a further 61 runs for the eighth wicket before being separated, with Pathan reaching his highest first class score before being bowled by Indian team mate Habharjan Singh for 68 (off 93 balls, with 11 fours).

Ben Scott and Chris Wright saw Middlesex to a fifth batting point, before Wright was trapped LBW by Martin Bicknell for 13. Ben Scott batted extremely well reaching a well deserved half century against his former club, and with Alan Richardson, the last pair added a further 29 runs before Richardson became the fourth LBW victim in the Middlesex innings.

Last man Richardson made 19 off 21 balls, including three well fours that higher up the order batsmen would have been proud of. Ben Scott was left undefeated on 64 not out scored off 136 balls (7 fours).

Surrey safely negotiated the one over left to face before the luncheon interval.

In the third over after lunch, Alan Richardson had Scott Newman well caught by Ben Hutton at third slip, and the Surrey batsmen Clinton and Ramprakash struggled to make any headway against the accurate Middlesex seam attack, with only 26 runs being scored off the opening 17 overs.

Ramprakash survived a sharp chance to Ed Joyce at short leg off the bowling of Scott Styris on 11, and in the following over, Clinton was missed at slip off Richardson when on 26.

With the Surrey total on 71-1, Ramprakash had to retire hurt following a blow on the thumb, with brought Graham Thorpe to the wicket.

The England left hander pushed a four through mid-wicket before Alan Richardson had him caught behind. Clinton and Batty saw the visitors to 127-2 at tea after 39 overs.

The Middlesex seam attack of Pathan, Richardson, Wright and Styris bowled, well but without any further success, as the Surrey total reached 157-2 when the players came off for bad light. Play was eventually called off shortly before 6.30pm. Clinton is 73 not out, and Batty 42 not out.

Richardson 16-3-48-2,
Pathan 11-3-19-0,
Wright 13-2-46-0,
Styris 11-3-36-0,
Hutton 0.4-0-0-0

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