Middlesex suffered their second LV= County Championship defeat of the season when they were defeated by Warwickshire at Uxbridge, by five wickets. On a wicket taking an increasing amount of spin, Middlesex battled hard to set a defendable target but were bowled out in time added on at lunch for 286 The defending champions were left with a minimum of 62 overs to get 110 runs to win and although they slipped to 21-3, a fine innings of 47 by Tim Ambrose helped steer them home with 21.1 overs to spare.
In the morning, Middlesex resumed their second innings on 147-5 with Adam Voges and night-watchman Toby Roland-Jones facing the off-spin threat of Jeetan Patel and the left-arm pace of Keith Barker. The pair added a further forty runs before Roland-Jones was caught at silly mid-off for sixteen off Jeetan Patel’s bowling. The two hundred came up in the 64th over and Berg reached twelve before he got an edge to a Patel delivery and was caught at the wicket.
Ollie Rayner joined Voges who had batted with confidence against the turning ball and the pace of Boyd Rankin. Rayner opened his account with two fours off Jeetan Patel before Voges completed his fifty off 88 balls, with his fourth four. The total reached 237-7 before Chris Woakes had his first bowl of the morning and he struck straight away when he held a return catch to get the vital wicket of Adam Voges for 51.
Ravi Patel joined Ollie Rayner and the pair added a further sixteen runs before Rayner attempted a sweep against Jeetan Patel’s spin and only succeeded in getting a top-edge and Rikki Clarke took the catch at slip to dismiss him for nineteen. Corey Collymore offered good support as Ravi Patel dominated a last wicket stand of 33, aided by extras with Patel getting both bounce and turn.
With nine wickets down, the luncheon interval was delayed before Ravi Patel was caught at the wicket when Chris Woakes took the new ball. Patel made nineteen with Corey Collymore six not out in a Middlesex total of 286. Jeetan Patel had figures of 3-111 from 33 overs with Chris Woakes taking 3-27 in 12.2 overs, Keith Barker 2-50 in 15 overs and Boyd Rankin 2-55 in 16 overs.
Warwickshire began their innings after lunch needing just 110 runs to win in a minimum of 62 overs. Middlesex were without Toby Roland-Jones due to injury and Adam Rossington acted as a substitute fielder. Two leg-byes came off the first over from Collymore before Ollie Rayner bowled his off-spin with the new ball. Rayner struck with his fourth ball when he had Varun Chopra caught by Dawid Malan at short mid-wicket for two.
After a maiden over from Collymore, Rayner struck again when Evans holed out to Neil Dexter at mid-on for a duck to leave the visitors on 5-2. Ateeq Javid joined Westwood and the pair had to battle hard against the bounce and turn that Rayner extracted and an excellent spell of seam bowling from Collymore. The total had reached only 21-2 after twelve overs before Collymore had Westwood caught at first slip by Adam Voges for six.
Tim Ambrose relieved the pressure by taking a two and two fours off the first three balls he faced against Collymore. Ollie Rayner was a real threat and he conceded just fourteen runs off thirteen overs from the Gatting Way End before Gareth Berg had Ateeq Javid caught ay the wicket for 19 to leave Warwickshire on 54-4. Chris Woakes joined Ambrose and he scored two fours in Ollie Rayner’s 15th over before Ambrose hit successive fours in a Gareth Berg over that cost twelve runs, Warwickshire went into tea on 77-4, needing just a further 33 runs with thirty overs remaining.
Corey Collymore and Ollie Rayner returned to the attack after tea but Middlesex were unable to make any impact until Ravi Patel replaced Rayner at the Gatting Way End to have Tim Ambrose caught by Sam Robson at silly mid-off for 47 to leave the visitors on 98-5. Rikki Clarke ended the match when he struck Dawid Malan for successive fours as Warwickshire won the match with 85 minutes to spare. Ollie Rayner had figures of 2-33 from 18 overs with Corey Collymore taking 1-28 in 10 overs, Gareth Berg 1-23 in 7 overs and Ravi Patel 1-10 in four overs.
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