Thursday, 16th June 2005

Cherry blossoms at Southgate


Vs: Glamorgan

Match: TOM1

Venue: Southgate

Day 2

The Middlesex suffering continued on the second day of the Southgate Festival, where the visitors Glamorgan amassed 584-3 off 133 overs before declaring, leaving Middlesex 85 minutes batting before the close of play.

Middlesex lost Ben Hutton caught at short leg for 19, but Ed Smith reached a fifty before the close and with Owais Shah saw Middlesex reach 96-1 after 24 overs at close of play – still needing a further 331 runs to avoid the follow on.

In the morning, Middlesex opened with Jamie Dalrymple’s off-spin at the Adelaide End and Melvyn Betts at the Waterfall Road End. Hemp reached his century in the sixth over of the morning off only 89 balls before he was caught by Owais Shah at slip off the bowling of Betts for 103 (97 balls, 1 six and 18 fours).

Hughes joined Cherry at the wicket, and Cherry reached his hundred shortly afterwards but was dropped by Ed Joyce off Paul Weekes when on 121. On a flat pitch with little to offer the bowlers, this pair prospered adding a further 136 runs off 31 overs before lunch, which came at 410-2 (Cherry 162 not out and Hughes 54 not out).

A shower of rain delayed the start by 20 minutes, but Cherry and Hughes continued in the same vein against a variety of Middlesex bowlers (nine were used throughout the innings).

Cherry reached his double century and with Hughes, added 241 runs for the third wicket before Cherry was well caught at long off by Ed Smith off Paul Weekes for 226 (scored off 349 balls, with 2 sixes and 32 fours). Hughes became the third century maker of the Glamorgan innings before tea came with the total on 549-3.

Glamorgan batted on for a further nine overs after tea before declaring with Hughes 134 not out (off 212 balls, 18 fours) and Grant 22 not out.

Credit must be given to the umpires Peter Willey and Tim Robinson for allowing play to start in slight drizzle at the start of play, and which continued on and off for most of the morning. It was remarkable that only five overs play were lost due to a heavy shower at lunchtime (this was subsequently made up for thanks to the good over rate by the Middlesex bowlers).

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