Middlesex suffered a second innings defeat of the season when they lost their last seven wickets after tea at Edgbaston to leave Warwickshire the winners by an innings and 47 runs. After losing night-watchman James Harris early, Sam Robson and Chris Rogers put on 149 runs for the second wicket but both were dismissed in quick succession and a familiar middle-order collapse, after tea, saw Middlesex bowled out for 248.
The day began with Sam Robson scoring three twos in the opening over from Chris Wright but in the fourth over of the day, James Harris was LBW to Keith Barker for a duck. Chris Rogers joined Robson and the pair were kept in check by Barker who bowled five successive maiden overs and Chris Wright – the hosts were handicapped by losing Ollie Hannon-Dalby from their attack due to a side strain.
The total reached 37-1 after fifteen overs at which point Jeetan Patel came on to bowl his off-spin at the Birmingham End with Richard Jones replacing Barker at the Pavilion End. Eight runs came off the first over from Jones and the fifty came up in the 18th over with the total advancing to 69-1 before Rogers pulled a Patel delivery over mid-wicket for a six. Rogers reached a 90 ball fifty (1 six & 6 fours) in the 33rd over and with Robson hitting two fours in an over from Patel, Middlesex went into lunch on 100-1 with Rogers 50 not out and Robson 48 not out.
Sam Robson reached his fifty in the second over after lunch (off 106 balls, 5 fours) but Rogers had a narrow escape when an edge off Patel flew just wide of first slip. Patel was getting some turn from the Birmingham end and when the total had reached 148-1, Robson was dropped by Varun Chopra at first slip. However, in Patel’s following over, Rogers missed an attempted sweep shot and he was LBW to Patel for 82 to leave Middlesex on 155-2. Only a further two runs were added before Sam Robson was LBW to Richard Jones for 68.
Neil Dexter joined Dawid Malan and the pair saw off the threat of Patel who had bowled 22 consecutive overs but in fading light the Edgbaston floodlights were switched on. The total advanced to 184-3 before a shower of rain arrived and an early tea was taken. Play was held up for 77 minutes but when play resumed, Dawid Malan was missed by Jeetan Patel at second slip off the bowling of Richard Jones. Jeetan Patel returned to the attack and in his second over after tea, he had Neil Dexter caught at the wicket by Tim Ambrose for eight.
Joe Denly joined Malan and the pair batted watchfully to bring up the two hundred in the 76th over. Denly then hit Jones for a four but off his next delivery, Jones trapped Denly LBW for eight. John Simpson scored a single off Patel but in the next over, Simpson drove a Jones delivery uppishly and substitute fielder Freddie Coleman took a fine diving catch at extra-cover to reduce Middlesex to 209-6. Adam Rossington joined Malan and the total reached 212-6 before the new ball was taken after eighty overs.
The floodlights were again switched on and in the fourth over with the new ball, Chris Wright struck twice in the over, having Dawid Malan caught by Keith Barker at mid-on for forty and then having Rossington caught at the wicket for a single. Toby Roland-Jones joined Ollie Rayner at the wicket with the total on 215-8 and Roland-Jones played some fine shots as the pair took Middlesex to 248-8 at which point, Warwickshire claimed the extra half-hour in order to try and finish the match on the third day.
It took only two balls of the extra half-hour to finish the match as Jeetan Patel had Rayner caught by Ian Westwood at short-leg for 11 and then had Steve Finn LBW for a duck as Middlesex were 248 all-out; Toby Roland-Jones was 17 not out. Jeetan Patel had figures of 4-78 from 31.2 overs with Richard Jones taking 3-53 in 22 overs, Chris Wright 2-57 in 18 overs and Keith Barker 1-48 in 18 overs.
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