Saturday, 18th June 2005

Middlesex win run chase at Southgate


Vs: Glamorgan

Match: TOM1

Venue: Southgate

Day 4

On a glorious summer’s day at the Walker Ground, the Middlesex batsmen matched the weather chasing a target of 406 runs in 80 overs and winning by six wickets with 13 balls to spare.

The Walker Ground once again proved to be a bowler’s graveyard, with the match producing a record Middlesex match aggregate of 1683 runs for the loss of only 14 wickets (two of which were run outs). This was despite the loss of 49 overs on the first day due to rain.

In the morning the Middlesex attack comprised of mainly second string bowlers to feed Glamorgan runs to enable them to declare and set Middlesex a target. Jonathan Hughes completed his second not out century of the match, reaching exactly 100, and Saurav Ganguly scored 84 not out as Glamorgan declared at 256-3 after 52 overs.

The Middlesex reply was interrupted when Ben Hutton was hit just below the rib cage by a ball from Alex Wharf and had to go to hospital for treatment. Happily he was given a clean bill of health, but would only bat in an emergency. Ed Smith had set the scene for the run chase by hitting Harrison’s opening over for four boundaries. At lunch, after 16 overs, Middlesex had reached 86-0.

Smith reached his fifty off the first ball after the resumption (off 48 balls, 9 fours), and with Owais Shah kept up with the required run rate of just over five an over. Shah reached his fifty in the 27th over (off 68 balls, 1 six and 5 fours) and Ed Smith progressed to his maiden century for Middlesex (off 110 balls, 14 fours).

The half-way mark was passed in the 42nd over, and Owais Shah reached his second hundred of the season soon afterwards (134 balls, 2 sixes & 9 fours). Middlesex went in to tea on 234-0 with Smith 116 not out and Shah 105 not out.

Smith and Shah took the score to 288 after 58 overs, when Ed Smith was caught at slip off Robert Croft for 145 scored off 171 balls (20 fours). The first wicket total included 24 runs scored with Ben Hutton as Smith’s partner before Hutton had to retire hurt.

Ed Joyce joined Shah at the wicket and this pair saw Middlesex reach 327-1 at the start of the final 16 overs. Shah reached his 150 and Joyce his fifty off 47 balls and just when it appeared that Middlesex would win by nine wickets, Shah was well caught in the covers for 155 (off 202 balls, with 4 sixes and 12 fours).

Scott Styris was run out by a direct hit at the bowlers end for 6, but Joyce steered Middlesex home despite losing Dalrymple for four. Irfan Pathan hit the winning boundary as Middlesex cruised home with 13 balls to spare.

Ed Joyce became the first player to reach 1000 first class runs in the season, when he reached 68. At the finish he was 70 not out (off 61 balls, with 1 six and 9 fours).

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