Friday, 5th May 2006

Warne inspires Hampshire with seven wicket haul


Vs: Hampshire

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: The Rose Bowl

Day 3

Middlesex narrowly managed to avoid an innings defeat against a Shane Warne inspired Hampshire at The Rose Bowl, before going down by ten wickets with a day and a half remaining. The real damage was done on the first day when they managed only 98 all out in 32.3 overs.

Centurion Andrew Strauss and Nick Compton survived the first hour against Warne, who continued at the Northern End, and Mascarenhas before Billy Taylor who had inflicted most of the damage in the first innings, trapped Compton LBW for 31. In the next over Strauss was dropped at slip off Warne, but he had his revenge as he dismissed Strauss leg before off the following delivery. Strauss’s innings of 141 contained 19 fours and was made in 288 minutes off 223 balls.

Warne had Paul Weekes caught off bat and pad at silly mid-on for eight, Ben Scott made 23 off 45 balls before he was another Warne LBW victim. Johann Louw struck Udal for a huge straight six and with Chris Silverwood took Middlesex to 313-7 at lunch, still requiring a further 15 runs to make Hampshire bat again.

Warne delivered to coup de grad after lunch with Silverwood holing out for four, Betts being caught at slip also for four, and then bowling Johann Louw for 35 (scored off 73 deliveries). Warne bowled unchanged from the start of play and finished with figures of 7-99 off 37.1 overs.

With Hampshire needing only 17 runs to win, skipper Ben Hutton opened the bowling and was unlucky when Strauss missed a chance at slip off the first ball of the innings. Hampshire completed their win in the third over when Hutton bowled a ‘no ball’ which ended the match.

With only nine points from two County Championship matches, Middlesex will need to put together a vastly improved performance when they make the long journey north to play Durham next Wednesday.

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