It has been a season of 2 halves, split between the Trophy, where we are unbeaten, and the Championship where we seem to fall just short of our high standards.
And so it was thus at St Helens Ground, Swansea for the penultimate Championship game of the season. The site of Sir Garfield Sobers’ six 6s is now a tired and crumbling façade which is only just clinging on to its illustrious past, but luckily, with floods forecast during our stay, drains like a sink.
Glamorgan batted first and put on a decent looking 298 in 82 overs before Ireland took the last wicket. Sandhu, who is looking more and more like a class act, took a very impressive 3 for 24 off 13 overs, ably supported by another strong performance from Ravi Patel who finished the innings with 26-3-87-3.
The least said about our 1st innings the better, Wilkin fought hard for 51 and only 3 others made double figures as we finished 161 behind and for the first time this season were asked to follow on. As Mark O’Neill told the lads, it was now a great opportunity to show what we were made of, and so it proved. Rain was all around, indeed we had already lost time continually through the game, and under overcast conditions, facing a bowling attack with their tails up, it was really very impressive how Middlesex set about securing a very creditable draw. Highlights were Nick Gubbins (59), Ryan Higgins (65) and Anthony Ireland, who was really unfortunate when he eventually went 5 runs short of what would have been a well deserved half century.
We finished the game on 320 for 8, batting through till rain and bad light brought a close to proceedings. Certainly a good springboard for our final Championship game of 2012 at Horsham against Sussex next week.
Day 2: 2nd XI are now due to start play at 3.45pm with 55 overs left in the day.
Middlesex 2nd XI are taking on Glamorgan 2nd XI in a 3-day championship match at Swansea, starting today Tuesday 14 August at 11am.
Middlesex are pleased to announce the following 12-man team to play in this match:
Tom Scollay (captain)
Adam London (wk)
Glamorgan have won the toss & have elected to bat first.
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