Middlesex are facing defeat in the LV= County Championship match against Warwickshire at Uxbridge. Although Middlesex got to within 28 runs of avoiding the follow-on figure of 150, they lost five second innings wickets before the close of play and still need a further 30 runs to avoid an innings defeat.
In the morning, Adam Voges and John Simpson extended their partnership to 180 to establish a new fifth wicket record against Warwickshire but four wickets then fell for the addition of just nineteen runs. Warwickshire opened the bowling with off-spinner Jeetan Patel at the Gatting Way End and he got the breakthrough when he trapped John Simpson LBW for 60 in the tenth over of the morning. Adam Voges reached his hundred on his first-class debut for Middlesex, off the next ball from Keith Barker (from 151 balls, 13 fours) but Gareth Berg was caught at the wicket off the next ball for a duck to leave Middlesex on 209-6.
Ollie Rayner scored ten runs before he was superbly caught by the diving Barker at mid-wicket to give Patel a second wicket. When Toby Roland-Jones was caught by Varun Chopra at second slip off Barker’s bowling for a duck, Middlesex were reduced to 227-8. Ravi Patel joined Adam Voges who had seen little of the strike during the morning’s play. Patel offered good support whilst Voges went on the attack mainly against Jeetan Patel whom he hit for a straight six. Patel hit two fours off Jeetan Patel and survived some testing deliveries against Boyd Rankin’s pace bowling as the pair were still together at lunch on 278-8 with Voges 141 not out.
Voges and Ravi Patel added a further nineteen runs to take Middlesex to 297-8 when the new ball became available after 80 overs. Warwickshire opted to continue using the old ball and Voges scored a single to bring up his 150 (off 216 balls, 1 six & 17 fours). Ravi Patel scored a single off the next ball before Voges magnificent innings ended when he gave a return catch to Jeetan Patel to be dismissed for exactly 150.
Last man, Corey Collymore hit the last ball of Jeetan Patel’s over for a four through the covers and with Ravi Patel, took the score to 309-9 before Collymore tried to hit Jeetan Patel over the top but only succeeded in finding Ateeq Javid at mid-off. Collymore was out for five with Ravi Patel ending with a career best 26 not out. Keith Barker had figures of 4-47 from 15 overs with Jeetan Patel taking 4-119 in 30.4 overs and Chris Wright who was off the field all day due to a back spasm, 2-39 from 7 overs.
Middlesex followed-on 177 runs in arrears and the openers, Sam Robson and Dawid Malan put on thirteen runs before Malan’s dismal sequence of scores in the LV= County Championship continued when he was bowled by Woakes, off an inside edge for three. Joe Denly joined Robson and the pair took Middlesex to 37-1 after fifteen overs before Boyd Rankin was brought on at the Pavilion End. With his second delivery, Rankin had Robson caught by Rikki Clarke at second slip for 29. Neil Dexter came in ahead of Adam Voges and he scored two fours as Middlesex reached 48-2 at tea.
After tea, Denly who had scored only eight runs off 42 balls before the interval, opened out and with Neil Dexter also batting with confidence, the pair brought up the Middlesex hundred in the 30th over. Dexter then scored his eighth four in an innings of 36 before he was caught at the wicket off Barker’s bowling. Adam Voges joined Denly and they took the total to 110-3 before Barker struck again when he bowled Denly for 37.
John Simpson joined Voges and the pair again showed their battling qualities as they took Middlesex to 146-4 before Simpson was caught at the wicket for 17 off Boyd Rankin’s bowling. Toby Roland-Jones came in as a night-watchman and he played out the remaining eight balls of the day’s play as Middlesex ended the day on 147-5. Adam Voges is 15 not out with Toby Roland-Jones on 1 not out.
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