Sunday, 19th June 2005

Second win in Southgate Festival


Vs: Nottinghamshire

Match: 40L 1

Venue: Southgate

Day 1

Middlesex won their Totesport game against Nottinghamshire by 31 runs at the sun drenched Southgate Festival.

Electing to bat first Middlesex were given a brisk start with Paul Weekes and Ed Smith putting on 64 runs for the first wicket before Smith was caught in Ealhamís first over for 31 (six fours). Paul Weekes raced to his fifty at a run a ball with one six and 8 fours, and with Owais Shah took the Middlesex total to 140-1 after 24 overs.

Shah was trapped leg before for 27 by Graham Swann, but Scott Styris joined Weekes and kept the momentum going. Weekes reached his third one day hundred of the season (off 101 balls) but was caught shortly afterwards having made 106 (off 106 balls, with 2 sixes and 14 fours).

Jamie Dalrymple scored a brisk 17 off 15 deliveries before being bowled by Ealham which left Middlesex on 225-4 after 38 overs. Scott Styris reached his fifty off 47 balls before launching a furious assault on the bowling, hitting three huge sixes before he was caught at long on for 82 (off only 64 balls, with 3 sixes and 4 fours).

Ed Joyce struck two sixes in the final over of the innings which produced 19 runs as Middlesex finished on 314-5. A total of 99 runs were scored off the last nine overs. Ed Joyce was 41 not out off 18 balls.

On a good pitch with a lighting fast outfield Nottinghamshire were definitely in with a chance. Twenty nine runs were scored off the first four overs before Swann was run out at the bowlers end by a direct hit from Scott Styris. Bicknell took four boundaries off one over from Irfan Pathan and Fleming hit three consecutive boundaries off Pathanís next over.

With the Nottinghamshire total on 68-1 after 9 overs, Paul Weekes was brought on to immediate effect when he had Bicknell well caught by Ed Smith at long off for 31. In his next over he had Matthew Fleming caught by Ed Smith in the deep and when Melvyn Betts came on and dismissed Warren with his first delivery, Nottinghamshire were reduced to 86-4 after 13 overs.

Patel and Hussey added 73 runs for the fifth wicket before Hussey was caught off Styris for 39. Patel batted well reaching his fifty off 57 balls and he went on to make 82 before he was bowled by Alan Richardson.

Richardson followed up by having Reed well caught by Owais Shah on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 45 to leave the visitors on 252-7 after 40 overs. Nottinghamshire were eventually all out in the final over for 283.

Paul Weekes was the pick of the bowlers with 2-42 off his nine overs, but it was a good all round effort by Middlesex in the field which was superb in the conditions.

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