After Derbyshire bowled out Middlesex for 215 to gain a first innings lead of sixteen runs, the hosts proceeded to bowl Derbyshire out for just 60 in only 35 overs; it was Derbyshire’s lowest total against Middlesex in the County Championship. Tim Murtagh destroyed the early Derbyshire batting before a Toby Roland-Jones’ hat-trick, finished them off. After losing Sam Robson for a first ball duck, skipper Chris Rogers and Joe Denly steered Middlesex home by nine wickets with a day and 22.2 overs to spare. The win sees Middlesex at the top of the LV= County Championship table with 43 points from their opening two matches.
In the morning, it took Derbyshire just under an hour to take the last four Middlesex wickets and gain a narrow lead on first innings. Resuming on 180-6, Gareth Berg stroked the second ball of the morning through the covers for four and with four leg-byes off the fifth ball, a total of eight runs came in the opening over, bowled by Mark Turner. Berg and Ollie Rayner saw Middlesex to their first batting bonus point at 200 but off the next ball, Ollie Rayner was LBW to Turner for 26. Turner then bowled Toby Roland-Jones for five in the 9th over of the morning to reduce Middlesex to 211-8.
Tim Murtagh joined Berg and the pair added five runs in five overs before Jon Clare wrapped the innings up by having Tim Murtagh caught at square-leg by Billy Godleman off a full-blooded pull shot and then trapping Steve Finn LBW for a first ball duck. Gareth Berg was 42 not out; Jon Clare had figures of 4-40 from 12.4 overs with Mark Turner taking 3-51 in 19 overs.
Fifty-five minutes remained for Derbyshire to bat before lunch but they were soon in trouble against the bowling of Tim Murtagh and Steve Finn. Murtagh, bowling a full length and getting both swing and seam movement, trapped Billy Godleman, who had occupied the crease for 265 balls in the first innings, LBW for three in the third over of the innings. Murtagh struck again in his fourth over when he won another leg before decision to dismiss Wes Durston for a single – it was umpire Mark Benson’s fourth LBW decision of the morning.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Wayne Madsen at the wicket with Derbyshire on 7-2. Madsen took a four and a two in Steve Finn’s fourth over before upper-cutting him for a six over backward point in his following over. However, Finn had his revenge, next ball, when he had Madsen caught at the wicket for fifteen. Dan Redfern joined Chanderpaul and the pair took Derbyshire to 20-3 at lunch after 13 overs.
After lunch, Gareth Berg replaced Finn at the Pavilion End with Tim Murtagh continuing to bowl at the Nursery End. Only five runs were scored from the first five overs after the break before Tim Murtagh struck twice in his tenth over. Dan Redfern was LBW for four off the fourth ball of the over and Murtagh then bowled Chesney Hughes for a first ball duck. Jon Clare survived the ‘hat-trick’ ball from Murtagh and he also survived a run out chance when Toby Roland-Jones failed to hit the bowlers’ end stumps with Clare well out of his ground.
The miss by Roland-Jones did not cost anything however as Tim Murtagh took his fifth wicket of the innings when he had Clare caught by Ollie Rayner at second slip for a duck to leave the Derbyshire innings in tatters at 26-6. Murtagh finished a twelve over spell of bowling with remarkable figures of 5-12. Toby Roland-Jones replaced him at the Nursery End with Steve Finn returning at the Pavilion End after Gareth Berg conceded just three runs in five overs.
Chanderpaul and Tom Poynton added 31 runs in twelve overs before Steve Finn got the breakthrough when he had Poynton caught at the wicket for ten. Palladino survived the remaining five balls of Finn’s over and after Chanderpaul took a single off the first ball of Roland-Jones’ sixth over, Palladino scored a two off the second ball of the over. However, Roland-Jones had Palladino caught at the wicket off the fourth ball of the over (John Simpson’s seventh catch in the match) and had Tim Groenewald superbly caught by Dawid Malan at first slip off the next ball.
Roland-Jones then bowled last-man Turner with the last ball to record a ‘hat-trick’ – the first by a Middlesex bowler at Lord’s since Alan Moss got one in 1956. Derbyshire were 60 all-out to leave Middlesex needing just 77 runs to win; Roland-Jones had figures of 3-4 from six overs with Steve Finn taking 2-34 in twelve overs.
After Chris Rogers scored two twos in the opening over from Groenewald, Middlesex suffered a set-back when Sam Robson was bowled by Tony Palladino for a first ball duck. Joe Denly got off the mark with a four off the following ball and he also scored a three off the fifth ball of Palladino’s over However, Rogers and Denly had to battle for survival against the bowling of Groenewald and Palladino who had not given up hope for Derbyshire.
Rogers scored boundaries off successive deliveries from Groenewald as Middlesex reached 36-1 after nine overs before four successive maiden overs were bowled by Derbyshire. Jon Clare, who was on a ‘hat-trick’ from the first innings replaced Palladino at the Nursery End but Denly avoided it. Denly scored two off the third ball of Clare’s over but in Clare’s next over, Denly hit him for a six over mid-wicket.
Denly then went into over-drive, scoring a further four in Clare’s third over before hitting three fours in Turner’s fourth over. Rogers was overshadowed for once as Denly finished the match off by hitting a Clare no-ball to the long-on boundary for a four to complete a nine wicket win for Middlesex. Denly was 44 not out off 66 balls (1 six & 6 fours) with Chris Rogers 28 not out (off 64 balls, 5 fours).
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