On the final morning of the LV= County Championship match at Trent Bridge, Middlesex got off to the perfect start when Toby Roland-Jones had Andre Adams caught at second slip by Ollie Rayner off the first ball of the day. Nottinghamshire were 182 all out and that left Middlesex a minimum of 93 overs to score the 108 runs needed for victory in bright sunny conditions but with rain forecast for early afternoon. Toby Roland-Jones finished with figures of 2-75 from 15.1 overs (8-138 in the match); Tim Murtagh took 2-49 in 15 overs, Gareth Berg 1-12 in 5 overs, Neil Dexter 5-27 in 9 overs and Ollie Rayner 0-8 in 3 overs.
Chris Rogers and Sam Robson, who put on 106 runs for the first wicket in the Middlesex first innings, began positively with 22 runs coming off the first four overs against the bowling of Fletcher and Shahzad. However, in Fletcher’s third over, there was confident appeal for a catch at the wicket which was turned down by umpire Neil Mallender much to the annoyance of the keeper, Nottinghamshire skipper, Chris Read.
In the next over, Chris Rogers survived another confident shout for a catch at the wicket, but it was turned down by umpire Nick Cook: Rogers then hit three fours in the remainder of Shahzad’s over. With Sam Robson scoring a four and a two in the next over from Fletcher, Middlesex had reached 40-0 after just seven overs. Andre Adams replaced Shahzad at the Pavilion end in a last effort to get a breakthrough, however he conceded ten runs in his first two overs with Robson hitting two fours.
Middlesex had reached 56-0 from ten overs before Andy Carter replaced Luke Fletcher at the Radcliffe Road end. Only three singles were scored in the next four overs before eight runs came from Carter’s third over. With Sam Robson taking ten runs off the following over, bowled by Adams, the match was virtually decided. Samit Patel then came on to try his left-arm spin with Carter switching to the Pavilion end.
It made no difference however as Chris Rogers brought up his fifty off just 52 balls (7 fours) in the 21st over and with it, the hundred partnership. Rogers and Robson each played out a maiden over before Robson reached an 84 ball fifty with his 7th four. After Rogers took a single off Patel’s third ball of the 25th over, Sam Robson finished things off with a cover driven four to complete a comprehensive ten wicket win for Middlesex, twenty minutes before lunch. Chris Rogers was 51 not out with Sam Robson 55 not out.
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