Middlesex v Sussex
Middlesex didn't lose! Should you laugh or cry about that. Well we need to see the positive side, Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn, the two future England regulars, saved the draw for the Middle by digging themselves into the crease until the last over was bowled. Toby Roland-Jones (4-100 at 3.57 and 2-54 at 2.55) is awesome. Needed to be said. Battling out a draw against Sussex has to be rated as quite an achievement, especially as the conditions turned Monty Panesar into a killer machine in the last innings and a terrible top order collapse nearly caused the safe draw to become a humiliating defeat.
Morgan and skipper Dexter were the pick of the batsmen, both scored around 50 in each of their innings, but none of the batters survived for a lot longer than that. None of the Middlesex ones, that is. Bloody Luke Wright racked up 134 in the first innings, and as if this wasn't painful enough, IOB re-injured his top of the back of the leg and Gareth Berg fell prey to his recurring back problems. I almost forgot to mention Steven Finn, he takes big strides on his return from his strengthening program, 6 wickets at an improving economy helped Middlesex to somehow keep Sussex under control. Well, nah, not really, they declared, but, ah well.
Anyway, Uxbridge is not the luckiest ground for the Middle, hope they can celebrate a victory in one of the future matches, even if it's just a moral one, because chances to leave the bottom of the table look bleak.
|Monty, top wicket taker in the CC, removes Strauss (c) PA Photos|
Middlesex v Yorkshire (CB40)
Highlights when up
Gareth Berg (40), Tom Scollay (38), Pedro Collins 1-29, Tom Scollay 1-21
Nothing else to see here. Move along.
Edit, okay, here's something to see, but be forewarned, it's not pretty: