Thursday, 21st July 2005
Venue: Sophia Gardens
Ben Hutton won the toss for Middlesex and elected to bat first on a cloudless day at Sophia Gardens. Alan Richardson failed a fitness test, so Peter Trego made his championship debut for Middlesex.
Ed Smith batted fluently scoring seven boundaries before getting an inside edge onto his stumps off Huw Waters. Owais Shah joined skipper Ben Hutton at the wicket, and they took Middlesex through to 135-1 at lunch after 33 overs.
Shah survived a chance to Hemp at slip off Ganguly when he had made only seven, but Hutton took five boundaries off successive overs from Ganguly to reach his half century in 85 balls.
After lunch, 18-year-old Waters had Hutton caught for 73 off 120 balls (14 fours), Hutton’s first championship fifty since the opening championship match of the season. Shah reached his fifty off 75 balls and with Ed Joyce took Middlesex to 203 before Joyce was caught off a leading edge by the bowler, Harrison, for 32.
Owais Shah reached his third championship hundred of the season before falling to a catch at the wicket off Robert Croft in the following over. Shah’s innings of 101 was made off 152 balls (11 fours).
Scott Styris was out leg before in the next over for 30 to give Waters his third wicket, but Jamie Dalrymple and Paul Weekes saw Middlesex to 275-5 at tea.
Dalrymple and Weekes added 69 runs for the sixth wicket before Weekes was caught behind off Robert Croft for 42 (off 53 balls, 1 six & 5 fours). Ben Scott and Dalrymple saw Middlesex to 396-6 at the close of play, just short of a fifth batting point. Dalrymple reached his fifty off 86 balls shortly before the close and remains 57 not out with Ben Scott offering good support, 25 not out.
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