COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 1
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Keith Barker returned figures of 3 for 38 in Warwickshire’s 190-run win. © Getty
Middlesex vs Warwickshire, Lord’s
All it took was 29.5 overs for the Warwickshire bowlers to run, coast in fact, through the Middlesex batting line-up. Given the low-scoring pattern that this match had seen, a target of 327 was always going to be daunting. But the bowling proved to be just too good. In a collapse that saw nine wickets fall for 67 runs, things could’ve been far more embarrassing had it not been for Steven Finn’s blitz of a 16-ball 31 at the end to lower down the margin of defeat. Keith Barker (3-38) tore through the top-order before Chris Woakes (3-21), Ryan Sidebottom (2-41) and Jeetan Patel (2-19) cleaned the rest up pretty quickly.
The day started with Keith Barker (62) finding an able ally in Chris Wright (41) as they stitched together a 97-run stand for the ninth wicket, flattening the hosts. Studded with 13 boundaries and a six, the partnership pushed Middlesex to a point of no return. Thanks to that, Warwickshire, languishing at the seventh spot in Division One, notched up some much needed points.
Brief scores: Warwickshire 126 (Jeetan Patel 24; Steven Finn 4-53, Tim Murtagh 3-20) and 361 (Matthew Lamb 71, Keith Barker 62; Ryan Higgins 4-75, Tim Murtagh 3-63) beat Middlesex161 (James Franklin 55, Ryan Higgins 38; Ryan Sidebottom 4-29, Jeetan Patel 2-3) and 136 (Nathan Sowter 37, Steven Finn 31*; Chris Woakes 3-21, Keith Barker 3-38) by 190 runs.
Hampshire vs Lancashire, Southampton [No play on Day 3]
In a contest killer, persistent rains prevented any play on Day 3 at The Rose Bowl. Haseeb Hameed and Alex Davies with some dogged batting on the second day had stretched their lead to 239, after going into a deficit of 75 in the first innings, in a seemingly low-scoring affair. The game though has moved on at a stiff pace in the first two days itself to ensure that if we manage an entire day’s play on Wednesday, we could get a result out of this one. The rain forecast, though, would need to change dramatically for that.
Brief scores: Lancashire 149 (Alex Davies 36, Jordan Clark 20; Mason Crane 3-27, Fidel Edwards 2-27 ) and 314-5 (Alex Davies 97, Haseeb Hameed 77*; Liam Dawson 2-62, Kyle Abbott 1-47) lead Hampshire 224 (Liam Dawson 75, James Vince 40; Kyle Jarvis 6-61, Matthew Parkinson 2-33) by 239 runs.
Surrey vs Somerset, Taunton (Day 2)
Nothing can stop Taunton from its reputation of being a run-feast. Grey, overcast skies couldn’t do it on Day 1, the rain couldn’t on Tuesday. Somerset rode on the back of a superb ton from Steven Davies to pile up 436. Laced with 17 fours and a six, he found good company as the tail wagged to lift their side from a 270 for 7 situation. Tom Abell, the skipper on the comeback, battled his bouts of bad form to turn it around with 96 vital runs, missing out on what would’ve been an emotional ton. Meaker added a couple to his wickets tally in the morning, but it was the turn of the spinners to chip in as Surrey struggled to close out the tail.
The Surrey openers continued where the Somerset batsmen left; tiring out a lacklustre bowling. They couldn’t however avoid the stumps nervy syndrome, losing Rory Burns to an unwanted run-out. But with batting conditions likely to remain good before the pitch takes to turn, the batsmen should look to cash in.
Brief scores: Somerset 436 (Steven Davies 142, Dominic Bess 55; Rikki Clarke 3-83, Stuart Meaker 3-83) lead Surrey (Mark Stoneman 34*, Rory Burns 30) by 367 runs.