Thursday, 1st June 2006

Middlesex collapse after brilliant Shah hundred


Vs: Sussex

Match: LVCC 2

Venue: Horsham

Day 2

Middlesex are facing another uphill struggle after collapsing from a position of 188-2 to 266 all out, conceding a first innings lead of 110 runs. By the close of play, Sussex had extended this lead to 212 with nine second innings wickets intact.

Chris Silverwood took the last Sussex first innings wicket with the fifth ball of the morning when Ed Joyce held onto a top edge from Lewry to dismiss Sussex for 376. Silverwood finished with figures of 3-61 from 20.5 overs.

Middlesex lost an early wicket when Ed Smith was caught at second slip for a duck off Rana Naved. Owais Shah began in commanding style, taking two boundaries in three balls off the remainder of Navedís over. He also drove Naved for three consecutive fours in the seventh over of the innings. Hutton dug-in at the other end as Shah raced to a 71 ball fifty (containing 10 fours).

Mushtaq Ahmed had begun a long spell at the railway end and it was he who made the breakthrough when Hutton swept a ball and was out to an outstanding diving catch at short leg by Montgomerie for 18. Shah pulled Rayner for six and with Ed Joyce saw Middlesex to 100-2 after 32 overs at lunch.

After lunch, Shah continued in brilliant form, pulling Lewry for six over mid-wicket and reaching his century with his 14th four (scored off 154 balls). A third six followed off Mushtaq Ahmed, and in Rana Navedís next over, Joyce took nine runs off the first four deliveries before Shah hit the last two balls for a six and a four.

Middlesex were cruising along at 188-2 after 51 overs, when Joyce was trapped leg before by Luke Wright for 42 (7 fours). Jamie Dalrymple joined Shah at the wicket but Shah was suffering from cramp in his right arm and it forced him to retire for treatment, having made 122 not out.

The 200 came up before Mushtaq Ahmed struck twice in an over, trapping Nick Compton LBW for four and then bowling Ben Scott for a duck, shouldering arms. Wright then had Johann Louw caught at the wicket for five, at which point Shah resumed his innings.

It was obvious that he was still in some discomfort, and he had only added four runs to his total when he holed out to deep mid-on off Mushtaq Ahmed; his innings of 126 was made off 181 balls (4 sixes & 15 fours). Chad Keegan was bowled by Wright for four, but new batsman Chris Silverwood hit five spanking boundaries off the first 11 balls he faced as Middlesex went into tea on 260-8.

Disaster struck in the first over after tea, when Jamie Dalrymple slipped trying to regain his ground and was beaten by the throw to the keepers end to be run out for 28. Shortly afterwards, Mohammad Ali was bowled for one to leave Middlesex 266 all out after 71.4 overs. Chris Silverwood was 24 not out, scored off only 15 deliveries.
Mushtaq Ahmed took 4-92 in 29 overs.

Middlesex had an early success when Hopkinson was caught at the wicket off Chad Keegan in the third over, but there it ended as Murray Goodwin and Richard Montgomerie took Sussex to 102-1 before bad light ended play resulting in the loss of two overs. Goodwin was 51 not out and Montgomerie 43 not out.

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