Sunday, 10th July 2005

Exciting last day in propect


Vs: Hampshire

Match: TOM1

Venue: Southgate

Day 3

Middlesex had a much better day at Southgate, and need a further 108 runs with six second innings wickets intact on the final day to beat Hampshire.

The weather was in direct contrast to the previous two days, with glorious sunshine and very high temperatures. Middlesex opened with spin at the Waterfall Road end and seam at the Adelaide end.

It was Melvyn Betts who made the breakthrough in the morning when he bowled Benham for 15. Chris Peploe bowled a tidy spell at the other end before giving way to Jamie Dalrymple. In his first over he had John Crawley stumped going down the track for 14. Dalrymple also bowled McMillan for 15 in his fourth over to reduce the visitors to 102-4.

Lamb reached a fifty off 102 balls (8 fours) before he was run out by Melvyn Bett’s throw to the bowlers end. Middlesex completed a good morning’s work when Chris Peploe trapped Sean Ervine leg before and Hampshire went into lunch on 142-6.

Twelve runs were added after lunch before Pothas drove Peploe straight to Owais Shah at mid on. In his following over, Peploe dismissed the first innings centurion, Shane Warne who was well held by Ed Smith at slip for 4.

Dalrymple bowled Udal in the next over to reduce the visitors to 161-9. Mascarenhas farmed the bowling, well supported by Taylor, as the last wicket added a further 31 runs before Mascarenhas fell to Dalrymple for 35. Jamie Dalrymple took 4-53 off 18.4 overs, Chris Peploe 3-77 off 27 overs, with Alan Richardson and Melvyn Betts each taking a wicket.

Middlesex made a cautious start chasing a target of 276 runs to win, and lost Ben Hutton for five, just before tea. Owais Shah and Ed Smith added 94 runs for the second wicket, with Shah reaching an elegant fifty off only 49 balls. He took his score to 60 before he was caught at slip by Warne off the bowling of Udal (56 balls, 2 sixes and 10 fours).

Ed Smith reached his fifty off 111 balls before he was bowled by Udal for 60 (121 balls, with 6 fours). Scott Styris took 19 balls to get off the mark, but was caught close to the wicket off Lamb next ball.
Alan Richardson came in as night watchman and with Ed Joyce took Middlesex to 168-4 at close of play, after 47 overs.

Joyce remains 23 not out with Richardson 3 not out; with a fine weather forecast, the match is delicately poised.

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