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by Tom Moore, at Uxbridge
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
LV= County Championship: Nottinghamshire 114-4 lead Middlesex 98 by 16 runs
Middlesex are up against it against Nottinghamshire after being bowled out for a mere 98.
Only Andrew Strauss and Gareth Berg showed any resistance for Middlesex, making 50 and 32 respectively, while the other nine batsmen made 13 between them.
Andre Adams was the star with the ball, taking 6-32 off 11.4 overs as the home side lost their last five wickets for just a single run.
Nottinghamshire then moved into a lead with only three men back into the pavilion with Michael Lumb moving into the 30s.
But a flurry of wickets reduced the visitors to 114-4, a lead of 16 after 39.2 overs of their first innings.
Nottinghamshire won the toss and bowled with Andrew Strauss and Sam Robson opening for Middlesex.
Ben Phillips took the opening over with the England captain facing the first delivery of the day.
Harry Gurney opened up from the Mike Gatting Way end and like his partner, completed a maiden with his first over.
With a wet outfield boundary hitting was going to be difficult and Robson clipped the ball off his legs for only two.
But moments later, he was walking back to the pavilion with the score on five, after edging Phillips behind for two, bringing Chris Rogers to the crease in the fifth over.
The Australian hit the first boundary of the day in the sixth over, cutting Gurney to the deep point boundary.
But the following ball Rogers departed as the bowler exacted his revenge, gaining extra bounce and was caught by Adam Voges to leave his side on 10-2.
Joe Denly was the next man to step to the crease.
Strauss hit Phillips for four with his classic cover drive to score his first boundary of the innings and repeated the trick three balls later.
Denly departed when he flashed at a wide one to edge to Voges off the bowling of Gurney to leave Middlesex on 24-3 in the 10th over.
Dawid Malan was next to face the firing line and cracked a four from his fourth delivery.
Strauss showed why he is England captain by keeping his head while his partners were losing their wickets and moved into the 20s.
Malan was next to go for six, edging Andre Adams’ third ball to the grateful hands of Alex Hales at first slip to leave Middlesex on 34-4 and in deep trouble.
Adams was on a hat-trick when John Simpson played on for a golden duck.
Gareth Berg came out to face the hat-trick ball and Nottinghamshire were appealing for LBW but Martin Bodnam kept the finger down to deny the Kiwi the chance to celebrate three wickets from three balls.
Strauss hit the first runs after lunch – a quick single and a three to bring up the 50.
The England captain found his rhythm and smashed Adams for two fours to move into the 40s.
Berg started to find form and hit Andy Carter for successive fours as the pair brought up the 50 partnership.
Strauss brought up his 50 off 96 balls with a push to mid-off but the very next ball, sparking a collapse of five wickets in 16 balls for a solitary run.
Adams’ delivery snaked through the England captain’s defences to clean bowl him.
It was a moment of magic as the Kiwi pitch the ball up and it nibbled away to clatter into the off stump.
Five balls later, Ollie Rayner departed, edging behind to Read for a duck and give Adams his fourth wicket.
The wicket opened up the tail as Tim Murtagh came to the crease to partner Berg.
And he fell first ball, flashing at Carter and edging it straight to Hales to leave Middlesex 98-8.
Adams had his fifth wicket as he had Berg out LBW for 32 to leave the home side still needing two runs to reach three figures and Corey Collymore facing the music.
The West Indian departed second ball for a duck, edging Adams to Voges, and Middlesex were all out for 98.
Hales and Riki Wessels opened the innings for the visitors and the pair were off the mark off Murtagh’s first over.
Both Murtagh and Roland-Jones caused problems in their opening overs but failed to make the breakthrough needed.
The breakthrough came in the eighth over when Collymore struck Hales on the pad and the umpire sent him on his way for 14, with the score 10 runs higher as the threatening rain cloud finished passing over the ground.
Michael Lumb and Wessels survived the remaining overs until tea with Nottinghamshire 34-1.
The pair continued serenely on to 72 but Wessels departed for 34, caught by wicketkeeper, Simpson, off the bowling of Berg.
Samit Patel came out to the middle, after the umpires met to discuss the light, with the rain clouds, once again, threatening play.
But with the rain clouds missing the ground again, a Roland-Jones over lifted Nottinghamshire to near parity with four boundaries, all around the wicket, flying off the bat of Patel.
Berg was close to claiming a caught and bowled off Wessels with the ball heading straight to his head, but the Nottinghamshire opener survived.
Murtagh returned to the attack and nearly removed Patel as his edge failed to carry to Rayner or Strauss in the slips.
They had achieved parity but Murtagh struck to remove Patel, LBW, bringing James Taylor to the crease.
The highly-rated batsman departed for three, with Nottinghamshire only having a lead of five.
Adam Voges was the new man in and he was off the mark with a two down to third man.
With the score on 114-4, play was halted because of the light 6pm and the rain, which, somehow, had skirted around the ground all day, arrived.