Saturday, 11th June 2005

Stalemate at Lord's


Vs: Surrey

Match: TOM1

Venue: Lord's

Day 4

Middlesex and Surrey had to settle with a draw at Lord’s, which was not surprising on a good wicket and faced with the loss of almost half a days play due to bad light.

The Middlesex openers, Smith and Hutton cleared the first innings arrears of 23 before Hutton was well caught by Ali Brown at second slip for 10. With Surrey attacking with three slips and two gully’s for much of the morning session, runs came mostly in boundaries.

Smith and Shah took the Middlesex total to 73 before Shah was caught at the wicket for 21. Ed Joyce joined Smith at the wicket, and Smith reached his half-century off 65 balls with his tenth boundary. At lunch, Middlesex reached 123-2 off 30 overs – a lead of exactly 100.

Joyce and Smith continued to attack after lunch adding a further 50 runs in 9 overs before Joyce was trapped LBW by Harbhajan Singh for 60 (63 balls, 10 fours). This pair added exactly 100 for the third wicket.

Just when it looked as though Ed Smith would go on to score a maiden century for Middlesex, he was caught behind off Thornely for 88 (139 balls, with 14 fours).

Scott Styris and Jamie Dalrymple added a further 51 runs for the fifth wicket before Dalrymple was dismissed for 15 in the over before tea which came with Middlesex on 253-5.

Scott Styris was caught at cover for 55 (off 61 balls, with 10 fours), but with the game dead, Ben Scott and Paul Weekes sensibly opted for batting practise.

The match ended when Ben Hutton declared the Middlesex innings closed with Ben Scott 61 not out (off 76 balls, 12 fours) and Paul Weekes 28 not out as Middlesex totalled 353-6 after 82 overs.

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