Middlesex crashed to a 220 run defeat in the LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough. After Yorkshire declared on their overnight total of 400-5 to set Middlesex an unlikely target of 422 runs to win in 96 overs, the visitors collapsed from 155-4 at tea to 202 all-out with the last wicket falling to the third ball of the final hour. The win took Yorkshire to the top of the LV= County Championship and probably extinguished any hopes that Middlesex might have had of the title. The total attendance for the four days at Scarborough was 10,700.
In the morning, Chris Rogers and Nick Gubbins began the long run chase but Middlesex lost a wicket in the eighth over when Adam Lyth dived forward at second slip to takean edge off a Jack Brooks’ delivery to dismiss Gubbins for nine. Dawid Malan joined Rogers at the wicket and they took to total to 70-1 before Tim Bresnan had Malan caught at the second attempt, by Alex Lees at slip to dismiss Malan for 26. Eoin Morgan joined Rogers and they took Middlesex to 89-2 at lunch with Rogers on 42 not out and Morgan 9 not out.
Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Patterson returned to the attack immediately after lunch and only three singles were scored in the first five overs after the break before Patterson got the vital wicket of Chris Rogers who was well caught by Adam Lyth at second slip for 44. Patterson struck again when he had Paul Stirling LBW for a first ball duck before John Simpson avoided the ’hat-trick’ with three runs coming off it.
First-innings centurion Simpson batted with confidence but Morgan was unable to display his normal freedom whilst batting, being more intent on survival. Simpson survived a sharp chance to Leaning at short-leg when he was on 28 but the pair battled through to tea which came with Middlesex on 155-4 although Simpson almost ran himself out in the final over before tea but the throw from mid-on narrowly missed the bowlers’ end stumps.
Simpson reached his fifty in the first over after tea (off 80 balls, 5 fours) but then Adil Rashid who had bowled nine overs of leg-breaks before tea, struck when he had Morgan caught at the wicket by Jonny Bairstow for 29 (off 137 balls). Ollie Rayner scored nine before he attempted a sweep-shot against Rashid and was caught off the ‘keepers’ gloves by Lyth at slip. Toby Roland-Jones joined Simpson with the total on 179-6 and he hit Bresnan for two successive fours before Jack Brooks returned to the attack at the Trafalgar Square End to have him caught at the wicket for nine.
Tom Helm was then caught at second slip by Kane Williamson for a duck off Rashid’s bowling before John Simpson’s defiant innings ended when he was caught by Williamson at third slip off Jack Brooks’ bowling for 61. Last man Steve Finn joined Tim Murtagh and the pair added ten runs to take Middlesex to 201-9 when the final hour of the match began. It took only three balls of the last hour to get the final wicket when Tim Murtagh was caught at second slip for five as Middlesex were 201 all-out. The wicket was Adam Lyth’s fourth catch of the innings and gave Adil Rashid figures of 4-27 in 17.3 overs whilst Jack Brooks had figures of 3-30 in 15 overs, Steve Patterson 2-51 in 16 overs and Tim Bresnan 1-44 in 16 overs.
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