Middlesex are facing the prospect of a heavy defeat in the LV=County Championship match against Yorkshire at Lord’s. After Middlesex were bowled out for 175 in their first innings, they followed-on 215 runs in arrears and lost skipper Chris Rogers in the first over of their second innings before recovering to 137-4. In the overcast conditions and with a strong cross wind, the Yorkshire seam bowlers worked tirelessly through the Middlesex batting.
In the morning, Middlesex resumed their first innings on 16-1 but they lost Joe Denly in the third over of the morning when he was well caught by Joe Sayers at third slip having made two. Adam London joined Rogers and the pair battled through against the threat from Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson and took the total to 32-2 before the umpires brought the players off the ground due to bad light.
Play resumed after a 26 minute delay and Chris Rogers scored ten runs off the remaining three balls of Sidebottom’s over. Liam Plunkett then replaced Sidebottom at the Pavilion End and with his third delivery, he had Rogers caught at the wicket for 27. Neil Dexter and Adam London took the total to 55-3 after 23 overs before Neil Dexter hit the first ball of Steve Patterson’s 12th over for a four but Dexter was leg before for eleven, to the next ball. John Simpson joined Adam London and the pair took Middlesex to lunch on 67-4 from 29 overs.
After lunch, Adam London and John Simpson took the score to 84-4 before Simpson was yorked by Plunkett for nine. Gareth Berg joined London and Berg played confidently and took eleven runs off Liam Plunkett’s 10th over to bring up the Middlesex hundred. However, Adam London’s battling effort ended soon afterwards when he was brilliantly caught by Joe Sayers who dived full-length at third slip to take a one-handed catch to dismiss London for 28 to give Plunkett a third wicket.
Ollie Rayner managed just a single before he was leg before in Plunkett’s following over to bring James Harris to the wicket. Gareth Berg dominated an eighth wicket partnership of 28 with Harris, before the latter was LBW to Ryan Sidebottom for five. Tim Murtagh joined Berg with the total on 141-8 and the pair batted with increasing confidence and Berg reached a 66 ball fifty. Murtagh then took ten runs off Sidebottom’s 15th over but after Berg hit the first ball of Patterson’s 17th over for a four, he was LBW off the following ball, having made 54.
Corey Collymore was the last man out when he was caught at the wicket off Patterson for one to leave Murtagh stranded on 18 not out. Steve Patterson had figures of 4-39 from 17.2 overs with Liam Plunkett taking 4-50 from 15 overs and Ryan Sidebottom 2-48 from 15 overs.
Middlesex were forced to follow-on 215 runs in arrears and they made a disastrous start when skipper Chris Rogers got a good delivery from Ryan Sidebottom and he was caught at the wicket for a fifth ball duck. In improving weather, Sam Robson and Joe Denly saw off the opening Yorkshire attack in reaching 29-1 after ten overs. Liam Plunkett then replaced Sidebottom at the Pavilion End with Adil Rashid coming on at the Nursery End to bowl his leg-breaks and googlies.
Rashid was soon causing problems for the batsmen as he got some turn from the Nursery End but Robson and Denly took the score to 69-1 before Denly overbalanced slightly against a Rashid delivery and Hodd made a sharp stumping to dismiss him for 31. Sam Robson looked in little trouble in making 46 from 77 balls before he misread a Rashid delivery and he was bowled to leave Middlesex on 93-4.
John Simpson joined Neil Dexter and the pair survived the remaining 16.5 overs as Middlesex reached 137-4, still needing a further 78 runs to avoid an innings defeat. Neil Dexter is 25 not out with John Simpson 20 not out: Adil Rashid has figures of 3-51 from 18 overs.
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