19 August 2010

In The Sign Of Newman

Glamorgan v Middlesex

[scorecard] [div. 2 table]

[day 1] [day 2] [day 3] [day 4]

The thing that should not be. Not after ruining Middlesex' season.
(c) Getty Images
Middlesex have won a match, would you believe it. Yes you would, because it took place in Cardiff, was hence an away match and Middle like playing away from home. Sometimes I think a curse lies on Lord's when the Pink Brigade are playing. Let's first get past the bitter moments... Mark Cosgrove went for 0 and 11, both times to Pedro Collins. I am not blaming Cos for that, we know that he is awesome. Pedro just had a cracker of a match again. The second bitter pill to swallow was Scott Newman being in the runs again. Which essentially and definitely derails the Dan Housego bandwagon. Pisses me off. Just imagine how much better Middlesex could have fared throughout the season, if Newman had played on this level continuously. Because quite obviously he is able to.

But let's turn to the nice aspects of this match. Glammy decided to bat first and would soon realise that the decision was debatable. 198 all out... and they only got there because Middlesex were of course unable to remove the tail. Dalrymple and Maynard topscoring with 37 each tells you all you need to know.

Middle batted at the end of day 1 with above mentioned Newman and Malan at the crease, due to Simpson and Shah departing way too cheaply. On day 2 Middle imploded like a TV set made in Soviet Russia, could not even chase Glamorgan's total and were all out for 181 with 7(!) batsmen not making it past 4 runs! Newman fell agonisingly short of an admittedly well-deserved hundred and IIRC played a nervy shot to kill himself on 99.

In reply Glammy reached 232 with Allenby nearly making a ton and Maynard nearly making half of that.  However, the rest didn't look too exciting, and eventually the pitch got a bit better, or the bowlers a bit crapper, and Middle cruised home comfortably, with notable contributions by Newman once again (64), Owais Shah (47), a very fine innings by Dawid Malan (84*), who basically saw Middlesex home with his knock, and Gareth Berg's 30*; once more he's at the crease when Middlesex cross the finishing line.

What triggered excited cheers and shouts at the receiving end of the coverage was the bowling of Tim Murtagh, hence the extra mention. Murtle is an incredible performer, took 3 at 1.98 in the first innings and added another 3 in the second. Pedro Collins removed 4 of the Dragons in the first innings, Toby Roland-Jones hit his teeth into the dragon's tail and didn't let go, 4 for 54 in the second innings, a bit pricey this time but effective. Need to mention the tidy and reliable bowling of the Skipper here, 4 wickets at about 2.50, what a consistent performer. Neil Dexter is really developing into one of my favourite Middle players.

Was quite a nice match, and good practice for TRJ.

Read half-tracker's blog on Hamza Riazuddin's awesome win over Leicestershire in the CB40...
... and look at his insightful analysis of the Hampshire 2nd XI!

Happy Hamza Day everybody, make the best of it!

I'm out.



half-tracker said...

Thanks for the link! It was a very enjoyable Hamza Day, thanks.

Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

Bloody Hell!!

If they keep going at this rate they won't be playing Warwickshire next season after all.