Friday, 2nd June 2006

Middlesex facing heavy defeat at Horsham


Vs: Sussex

Match: LVCC 2

Venue: Horsham

Day 3

Another disappointing day for Middlesex ended with them needing a further 350 runs for victory, but with only second five wickets remaining.

Resuming their second innings on 102-1, Montgomerie completed his fifty in the fourth over of the morning before Sussex lost their second wicket when Murray Goodwin was caught driving at Dalrymple for 57.

Sussex skipper Chris Adams joined Montgomerie at the wicket, but it was the normally sedate Montgomerie who blossomed with some well timed drives. The total advanced to 190-2, at which point Chad Keegan trapped Montgomerie LBW two runs short of what would have been a well deserved century.

Matt Prior came in and set about the Middlesex bowling, hitting Jamie Dalrymple for two sixes and Chad Keegan for one. Prior reached a half century off only 32 balls (3 sixes & 4 fours) as Sussex went into lunch on 272-3 after a total of 61 overs (Adams 44 not out, Prior 60 not out).

Adams reached a fifty off 99 balls, before Prior fell to Louw for 77 (scored off only 57 balls, 3 sixes & 7 fours). Johann Louw took a further two wickets bowling Adams for 59 and nailing Rayner LBW for four to reduce Sussex to 333-6.

Mohammad Ali and Jamie Dalrymple shared the remaining four wickets as Sussex were bowled out for 370, leaving Middlesex to make 481 runs to win. Rana Naved was injured whilst bowling in the Middlesex first innings and was unable to bowl – he batted with a runner.

Jamie Dalrymple took 3-69 in 18 overs, Johann Louw 3-87 in 21 overs, Chad Keegan 2-50 in 17 overs, Mohammad Ali 2-56 in 9 overs, and Chris Silverwood was unlucky to finish without a wicket conceding 74 runs off 19 overs.

Ed Smith completed ‘a pair’ when he was caught behind the wicket off Jason Lewry for a duck, and worse was to follow when first innings centurion, Owais Shah was out to an astonishing one handed catch by Lewry at mid off for four.

Ben Hutton was out to a fine catch at slip off Mushtaq Ahmed for 16 to reduce Middlesex to 46-3. Ed Joyce and Jamie Dalrymple repaired the damage putting on 75 runs for the third wicket with Ed Joyce completing his fifty off 90 balls (1 six & 3 fours). Dalrymple moved too far across his wicket to a ball from Lewry, missed, and lost his leg stump having made a run a ball 37 (6 fours).

Nick Compton managed only a single before he was bowled by Luke Wright, but Ed Joyce held firm with support from Ben Scott as Middlesex finished the day on 131-5. Joyce was 63 not out at the close, but with the weather set fair for the final day, sadly another Middlesex defeat is imminent.

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