Friday, 17th June 2005

Run glut continues at Southgate


Vs: Glamorgan

Match: TOM1

Venue: Southgate

Day 3

The run glut at the Southgate Festival continued on the third day with a total of 515 runs being scored for the loss of only six wickets in a day totalling 109.3 overs.

At close of play, Glamorgan are 325 runs ahead with seven wickets standing, after Ben Hutton declared the Middlesex innings closed as soon as the follow-on figure was passed, be it with only 4 wickets down.

Resuming their overnight total of 96-1, Ed Smith and Owais Shah continued to appear in little difficulty on a flat wicket which was only offering slow turn for the spinners. They had taken Middlesex to 170 when Shah was caught in the slips for 49, and with Ed Smith approaching a maiden century for Middlesex, he was surprisingly bowled by Cosker for 92 (off 119 balls, 13 fours).

Ed Joyce began fluently reaching a half century off 54 balls (11 fours) just before lunch which came at
251-3 (61 overs).

After lunch, the Middlesex batsmen Joyce and Scott Styris batted magnificently adding a total of 235 runs for the fourth wicket against the visitorís spinners now operating at both ends.

Styris reached his fifty off 90 balls, and two overs later Ed Joyce completed his second hundred of the season off 150 balls (1 six & 19 fours). Both batsmen pushed hard for quick runs to enable the declaration, with Styris hitting Croft for 3 huge sixes, and Joyce hitting Cosker for two, and Croft one.

It was a disappointment when Styris drove Wharf to mid-on in the second over with the new ball, having made 85 off 118 balls (4 sixes and 3 fours). Joyce reached 150 off 180 balls shortly afterwards, and with Jamie Dalrymple Middlesex had reached 435-4 at which point they declared.

Ed Joyce was 155 not out off 188 balls (3 sixes and 23 fours) and Dalrymple 14 not out off 10 balls. Ed Joyce has now scored 932 first class runs, second only to Scott Newman of Surrey on 950 and must stand a good chance of being first to 1000 runs for the season as Surrey completed a win against Hampshire earlier in the day.

In reply, Alan Richardson removed the top three Glamorgan left handers, Cherry playing on for 16, and having Hemp caught in the deep by Ed Smith for 29, and then having Matthew Elliott caught at the wicket for 20.

Here however, the success ended as Hughes and Ganguly added an unbroken 111 runs for the fourth wicket against the spin of Dalrymple and Weekes as the visitors closed on 176-3.

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