Friday, 10th June 2005

Surrey gain narrow lead


Vs: Surrey

Match: TOM1

Venue: Lord's

Day 3

Bad light again intervened at Lordís just as the Middlesex openers had reached the crease at 4.55pm, resulting in a loss of 29 overs play. Middlesex trail Surrey by 23 runs and with only one day left a result is unlikely.

In the morning, Middlesex had two early successes when Alan Richardson had Clinton caught by Ben Hutton at second slip without adding to his overnight score of 73, and followed up by having Batty caught at third man for 45.

Alistair Brown made his intentions clear, scoring four boundaries off the first 12 balls he faced, and he reached his fifty off only 48 balls (10 fours). Together with Thornely who reached a fifty off 93 balls, this pair took Surrey to 298-4 at lunch after 89 overs.

The new ball was taken one over after lunch, but Middlesex conceded 56 runs off the first 7 overs with the new ball, with Brown reaching his hundred off only 116 balls (1 six and 19 fours).

Scott Styris came back on at the pavilion end, and in his second over bowled Thornely for 81 (off 127 balls, 1 six & 11 fours) his partnership with Brown producing 184 runs for the fifth wicket. Martin Bicknell and Brown added 62 runs, taking Surrey to just short of the Middlesex total when Ed Joyce, the eighth bowler used by Middlesex, trapped Bicknell LBW for 33.

Surrey passed the Middlesex total with only six wickets down, but with Ramprakash unable to bat due to a cracked thumb bone. Murtagh was well caught by Ed Joyce off the bowling of Paul Weekes and Surrey went into tea on 460-7.

Alan Richardson came back at the nursery end immediately after tea, and with his fifth ball bowled Ormond off an inside edge, and ended the Surrey innings off the next ball when a short delivery was fended off by Harbhajan Singh and caught by Joyce. Alistair Brown finished on 152 not out, scored off 198 balls with 1 six and 25 fours.

Alan Richardson finished his Herculean effort with 6-106 off 32 overs, thus taking his county championship tally to 38 wickets in only the sixth match of the season.

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