Friday, 12th May 2006

Middlesex facing heavy defeat


Vs: Durham

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: The Riverside

Day 3

Middlesex are facing a heavy defeat at The Riverside where, needing 368 runs in the last innings to win, they lost their first four second innings wickets for 41 and when bad light ended play were 87-4.

Early morning rain resulted in the loss of six overs as Durham resumed their second innings on 80-2. Chris Silverwood had Pratt caught at slip for 20 in the sixth over of the morning but Middlesex had to wait until the last over of the morning session for further success.

With Lewis anchoring the Durham innings it was left to their skipper Benkenstein to give impetus to the innings. He hit eight boundaries in an innings of 48 before a juggling catch at slip by Ben Hutton removed him off the last ball before lunch bowled by Jamie Dalrymple. Lewis was 60 not out at lunch (off 206 deliveries) out of a total of 170-4 after 68 overs.

Breese joined Lewis at the wicket and they took the score to 193 before Alan Richardson had Breese caught at the wicket with the first ball of a new spell of bowling. After the loss of a further eight overs due to bad light, Richardson had Mustard caught at the wicket for nine before light rain brought the players in for an early tea.

Play resumed without any further loss of playing time, and Lewis advanced to 99 with the help of four overthrows. Ottis Gibson announced his intention in going for quick runs by hitting Dalrymple for successive sixes. With the first ball of the following over, Richardson had Lewis caught in the gully for 99 (scored off 291 balls, 10 fours).

Chris Silverwood mopped up the tail, bowling Gibson and Thorp before having Onions caught at slip as the Durham innings ended closed at 261 all out. Chris Silverwood had his best figures for Middlesex, 5-47 off 19.2 overs, and Alan Richardson in his first match back after injury had 4-50 off 22 overs. Johann Louw was unlucky not to take a wicket conceding only 46 runs off 21 overs.

Middlesex began disastrously losing both openers bowled by Graham Onions in the second over of the innings. Owais Shah padded up against Michael Lewis and was given out LBW for 11 and Ed Joyce was caught at slip off the same bowler for 8 as Middlesex slumped to 41-4 after nine overs.

With the bowlers getting some movement through the air, Dalrymple and Compton got behind the line of the ball and held on to the close of play without being separated. Dalrymple played some fine cover drives to finish on 36 not out (6 fours) and Nick Compton was 17 not out.

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