This 40 overs match was to celebrate Middlesex’s 150th anniversary which coincided with MCC’s 200th year at Lord's. The attendance was not as good as expected, but the fixture clashed with the Saturday opening of the football season with several London clubs involved. Nevertheless, those who did turn out gave a big hand to the Middlesex favourites on both sides and saw some entertaining cricket.
MCC batted first and Batty was caught by Weekes off Cowans for a duck, Gallian went on to get a half century before sacrificing his wicket, putting on 80 with the second highest scorer Hutchinson. The only other notable innings came from their captain Parsons who hit two sixes in his 25 before being caught by Weekes, this time off Angus Fraser. Old Middlesex stalwarts, Scott and Dutch went for one and nought while Weekes took the tenth wicket with the penultimate ball to give him 5-31.
When Middlesex batted, Ed Smith went early, but Roseberry (lbw to Dutch) and Nash (clean bowled by Jim Gatting, son of the MCC President) both got into the twenties. Weekes was also lbw to Dutch for one, but captain and former Middlesex wicketkeeper Keith Brown got into the thirties as did the two not out batsmen Harrison and Balbirnie.
The winning runs came in the 36th over with Balbirnie providing the fireworks – three sixes and three fours in his 37 off 20 balls which sent the fans home happy.
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