Friday, 26th May 2006

Weather and Trott hundred foil Middlesex


Vs: Warwickshire

Match: LVCC 2

Venue: Lords

Day 3

With one day left to play, Warwickshire need a further 9 runs to avoid the follow-on with three wickets standing. With another poor weather forecast, a draw seems inevitable, as the wicket is still true for batting.

Rain delayed the start of the third day with an early lunch taken which resulted in the loss off 33 overs. Keegan and Silverwood opened the bowling, but there was little movement through the air to trouble the Warwickshire batsmen as was the case the previous evening.

Ian Trott reached his fifty in the fourth over of the day off only 53 balls (6 fours) and batted confidently with Alex Loudon in a mainly supporting role. Louw and Styris were brought on to bowl in an effort to force a breakthrough, before Hutton turned to Jamie Dalrymple’s off-spin.

The total passed the 200 mark and Trott reached his hundred with his twelfth boundary (off 120 balls), and Loudon reached his fifty in the same over (124 balls, 7 fours). The Warwickshire total advanced to 232-3 before Chris Silverwood got the breakthrough beating Loudon for pace and bowling him for 68; his partnership with Trott realising 181 runs. Troughton joined Trott and this pair saw the visitors through to tea without further loss at 253-4.

Troughton did not add to his teatime score of nine before he was caught on the deep cover boundary off Johann Louw. Dalrymple, who had continued his pre-tea spell from the Pavilion End, then took the vital wicket of Trott when Ben Hutton held a fine catch low at short mid-on. Trott’s innings of 139 was made off 194 deliveries and contained 15 boundaries.

At 281-6, Middlesex were in with a real chance of forcing Warwickshire to follow on, but veteran Dougie Brown batted well and with Daniel Vettori, who hit fellow New Zealander Scott Styris for four spanking cover drives, the visitors advanced to 343-6 at which point the new ball became due.

With the second delivery of the new ball, Silverwood dismissed Vettori for 27 off a skier, but here the Middlesex success ended. Brown reached a fifty off 70 balls and with skipper Heath Streak Warwickshire advanced to 362-7 at the close of play.

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