Middlesex slumped to their fourth LV= County Championship defeat of the season when they were defeated by an innings and 179 runs against Somerset at Lord’s. Middlesex lost a further five wickets in the morning session but they were all-out for 164, thirty minutes after lunch.
Middlesex resumed their second innings needing 291 runs to avoid an innings defeat and Dawid Malan scored two fours through the covers off the first two balls of the day, bowled by Lewis Gregory. A further nine runs came off the second over from Craig Meschede before Marcus Trescothick dived at second slip to hold a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Sam Robson for 29.
Neil Dexter joined Malan with the score on 69-3 and Malan was given a testing time by Meschede who beat the bat on numerous occasions before he finally had Malan caught by Trescothick at second slip when Malan had made 33. John Simpson joined Dexter and Simpson struck Alfonso Thomas for successive fours through the covers to bring up the hundred in the 29th over. However, in the following over Neil Dexter straight drove a Meschede delivery which the bowler deflected onto the stumps at the bowlers’ end and Simpson was out of his ground and unluckily run out for nine.
Jamie Overton replaced Meschede who had bowled eight successive overs at the Nursery End and with his second ball, he bowled Gareth Berg for a duck. Neil Dexter hit Overton for three fours in the space of two of his overs before Marcus Trescothick took his third catch of the morning at second slip to dismiss Ollie Rayner for a single off Alfonso Thomas’ bowling. James Harris joined Neil Dexter with the total of 116-7 and he showed good judgement in making 19 not out as he and Neil Dexter survived 35 minutes to take Middlesex into lunch on 148-7.
After lunch, Lewis Gregory returned to the attack at the Pavilion End with Piyush Chawla continuing to bowl his leg-breaks at the Nursery End. Dexter and Harris added a further eight runs in five overs before James Harris was caught in two minds and only succeeded in giving Gregory a return catch to be dismissed for 22. Tim Murtagh got off the mark second ball with a four off Gregory but in Gregory’s following over, Murtagh got an edge and Marcus Trescothick took his fifth catch of the innings at second slip to dismiss Murtagh for seven
Lewis Gregory wrapped things up when he bowled Ravi Patel for a fourth ball duck as Middlesex were164 all-out; Neil Dexter was left stranded on 35 not out. Lewis Gregory had figures of 5-38 in 16 overs with Craig Meschede taking 2-41.
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