With an extremely bad weather forecast for the final day, Middlesex completed a remarkable 146 run win over arch rivals Surrey in the LV= County Championship with Ollie Rayner taking the final wicket with thirteen minutes of the extra half-hour remaining. It completed a remarkable match for the Middlesex off-spinner who followed up his career best bowling in the first innings of 8-46 with 7-72 in the second innings to finish with match figures of 15-118, a new record for Middlesex against Surrey.
With just thirteen minutes remaining of the day’s play, Middlesex had only taken five wickets and the extra half-hour would not have been taken. However, Ollie Rayner remarkably struck to dismiss Hasim Amla for 84 and then twice in his following over and the extra time was taken to try and get a result. Ravi Patel returned to dismiss Linley and Jade Dernbach then applied the long-handle instead of trying to block out for a draw with rain forecast for the whole of the final day. . Dernbach hit 22 off just sixteen balls faced before he got a top-edge to a Rayner delivery and Corey Collymore took the catch at cover to give Middlesex victory
In the morning, Middlesex resumed their second innings on 133-5 with a lead of 282 runs. James Harris and Dawid Malan continued to bat well when Surrey continued with their spinners operating at both ends. The pair saw Middlesex to 166-5 before Malan completed his second fifty of the match (off 90 balls, 3 fours). However, he did not add to his total as he was LBW attempting a sweep-shot off Gareth Batty.
It was evident that Middlesex were intent on getting Surrey into bat before lunch and Joe Denly played a breezy innings of 31 off just 20 balls (including 5 fours) before he was LBW to Batty attempting a sweep. Ollie Rayner joined James Harris with the total on 204-7 and Rayner scored 11 off ten balls before James Harris was caught on the mid-wicket boundary off Garry Keedy’s bowling for an invaluable innings of 24 (off 60 balls).
Ravi Patel joined Rayner who finished with a rapid score of 28 off just 23 balls before he was LBW to Gareth Batty as Chris Rogers declared on 235-9 to set Surrey 385 runs to win in a minimum of 74 overs plus the final day. Garry Keedy finished with figures of 6-101 from 25 overs with Gareth Batty taking 3-86 in 21.3 overs.
Forty minutes remained for Surrey to bat before lunch and after just two overs apiece from Collymore and Harris, Rogers brought on his spinners Rayner and Patel. However, the Surrey openers Rory Burns and Arul Harinath survived to take the hosts into lunch on 37=0.
Middlesex continued the attack with the spinners after lunch and it was Ravi Patel who struck in the fifth over of the afternoon when he had Harinath LBW for 23. Hashim Amla joined Burns with the total on 44-1 and the pair added a further twelve runs before Ollie Rayner won an LBW appeal to dismiss Burns for 24. Vikram Solanki joined Amla and Middlesex struggled to make further inroads despite Rayner getting considerable bounce and turn.
With the total on 72-2 after 31 overs, Middlesex brought on Joe Denly to bowl his occasional leg-breaks and give Ravi Patel a rest. Denly troubled the batsmen and conceded just six runs in a four over spell of bowling before Ravi Patel returned at the Pavilion End. The total reached 88-2 after forty overs before Ollie Rayner struck with the first ball of his 19th over when Solanki was caught by Chris Rogers at leg-slip for fourteen.
Zander de Bruyn joined Amla who was batting with great determination. The pair brought up the hundred in the 45th over but Rayner struck again when Sam Robson held a sharp chance at short-leg to dismiss de Bruyn for six. Steven Davies joined Amla who played some fine drives through the covers to reach 46 not out in a Surrey total of 123-4 at tea.
Amla reached a 108 ball fifty in the second over after tea, his innings containing five fours. Amla and Davies then batted extremely well against the steep bounce and turn of Ollie Rayner and Middlesex tried Dawid Malan and Neil Dexter who both bowled five overs in an effort to get a breakthrough. Rayner and Ravi Patel returned to the attack but Amla and Davies were still frustrating Middlesex who took the new ball as soon as it became available after eighty overs.
It was Corey Collymore who got the fifth wicket when he had Davies caught by Ollie Rayner at second slip for 38 in his second over with the new ball. Gareth Batty joined Amla with the total on 188-5 with a total of sixty minutes play remaining (including the possible extra half-hour). Ollie Rayner returned to the attack after three overs from Collymore at the Vauxhall End and with the last ball of his over he had Hashim Amla brilliantly caught by Chris Rogers at leg-slip for 84.
Ravi Patel returned at the Pavilion End and conceded two singles in the over to leave Surrey on 209-6 with just five minutes of normal time remaining. However, man-of-the-match, Ollie Rayner struck twice in his 35th over, having Meaker caught at leg-slip by Rogers for a single and having Gareth Batty caught by Joe Denly at short mid-wicket for eleven.
The extra half-hour was taken with Surrey on 212-8 and after a maiden over apiece from Patel and Rayner, Tim Linley was held by Gareth Berg at slip off Ravi Patel’s bowling. Last man Garry Keedy survived the remaining four balls of Patel’s over before Derrnbach decided to hit out instead of opting for safety, He hit Ollie Rayner for a six and two fours in an over which cost sixteen runs before hitting Ravi Patel for a six. However with just thirteen minutes of the day remaining, Derrnbach got a top-edge to a Rayner delivery and Corey Collymore took the catch at cover to give Middlesex victory, Dernbach having made 22 in a Surrey total of 238 all-out.
Remarkably only one player was bowled during the match and that was when Corey Collymore ducked under a slow full-toss from Jade Dernbach and that gives an indication of the bounce in the pitch at the Kia Oval. Another feature of the match was the over-rates of both sides with spinners bowling over two hundred of the total overs in the match.
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