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Dial M 1000 wickets

By Rogers and Out
July 4 2017

Despite a dodgy early morning head Rogers and Out is able to report on the twists and turns of today featuring a superb Eskinazi innings  

Middlesex closed day two of the County Championship match at Edgbaston on 302/6, trailing Warwickshire by 32 runs. We were indebted to Steven Eskinazi, whose unbeaten innings of 178 kept us in the hunt and the possibility of a first innings lead.

Whilst it was not a chanceless knock by Eski, riding his luck on several occasions, he did also play many fine shots and he took a particular liking to the bowling of Boyd Rankin.

Beefy and myself were a little green around the gills at the start of play, having perhaps over indulged in the Post Office Vaults in New Street the night before with Kev, then ending up in a decent Italian restaurant and consuming wine and Irish coffee along with the excellent food.

Our not so appetising hotel breakfast was not helping either as we awaited the 47 bus to take us to the ground.

Having got rid of Ricky Clarke with the last ball of the first day's play, we were hoping to clean up the Warwickshire tail quickly and we managed to do so in around 50 minutes for the addition of 32 runs.

Murts caught and bowled Keith Barker one short of his half century. Enfield born George Panayi was the next wicket to fall, caught behind by Simmo off the bowling of Tom Helm for one, then Dial M wrapped the innings up by trapping Rankin leg before for no score. Warwickshire were 334 all out and one of those Murtagh dismissals meant that he has now registered one thousand wickets in competitive cricket for Surrey, Middlesex and Ireland (according to his wife on Twitter).

Our innings got off to an unfortunate start as the returning Sam Robson fell LBW to the third ball by Barker and there was a big appeal for caught behind against the incoming Eskinazi in the same over.

Eski and Compo looked to steady the ship after that early blow and Eski started to find the boundary, although it was not always from the middle of the bat.

Compo took a blow to his unprotected knee from a Clarke delivery which resulted in him requiring treatment from the physio. Barker also managed to hit him in the same spot and he went to ground again. He was eventually unable to continue and retired not out for twelve.

Captain Dawid Malan replaced Compton and he launched Panayi's first ball over midwicket for six just before lunch. We reached the interval on 45/1 after 13 overs.

We resisted the temptation to return to the awful Edgbaston Tap at lunch and instead purchased some sustenance from the nearby Aldi.

Poor Panayi took some more treatment from Mala as he clubbed a couple more boundaries in his second over. The locals were wondering why Boyd Rankin had not been called into the attack, but when he was, Eski pulled his short pitched deliveries over the ropes for six and he was proving more expensive than Panayi.

The fifty partnership between Eski and AC was reached in the 24th over and a few overs later, we had a let off when Matt Lamb nearly ran out Eski taking a quick single. To add insult to injury, the ball rebounded and went for four overthrows, with Panayi being the unlucky bowler.

Spin was introduced in the shape of Jeetan Patel and produced a quick reward, with Mala nicking one and Ambrose taking the catch behind from his second ball. He had made 39 and we were 114/2.

Nick Compton now resumed his innings and showed few signs of being affected by his injury. He was content to play second fiddle to Eski, who was scoring at a decent rate.

Jonathan Trott came into the attack for the Bears and it was from a delivery of his that Eski claimed his century, from 130 balls, including thirteen fours and two sixes.

Tea was taken for some reason with 38 overs still remaining with us 174/2. We ventured to the bar behind a pessimistic Warwickshire fan who asked for two pints of Pedigree and six wickets. The general consensus from their fans is that they are on their way down to the second division.

Both Compo and Eski were looking relatively untroubled so it was a surprise when Nick was caught behind off Clarke for 32, a decision he did not look altogether pleased with.

Stirlo did not last long, caught at point by Lamb off the bowling of fellow countryman Rankin for just a single and we were now 196/4.

Eski was still in and going well, now assisted by John Simpson. They made a fifty partnership and with the score on 248/4, I had to leave for Moor Street station.

Beefy soon informed me that Simmo was out and Higgo shortly after, both to Patel. James Harris and Eski reached the close of play unscathed and it's to be hoped that we can press on to make a sizeable first innings lead. If not, we could come under pressure on the final day with the spin of Patel.

Overall, it had been a decent day for us. Steve Eskinazi played well with luck at times and Nick Compton showed fortitude when returning to the crease after retiring earlier.

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Eski Moes Polar Bears down
Middlesex till we die (IP Logged)
04/07/2017 20:57
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:07:09:17:37:09 by BarmierKev.

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
04/07/2017 21:34
Tim Murtagh now on exactly 1,000 wickets (because Cricinfo updates career record at end of match- so you need to add 3 to the 997 it is currently showing)


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Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
04/07/2017 21:56
Despite whoever is behind Middlesex’s Twitter page contradicting the claim, it seems that Tim Murtagh indeed took his 1,000th professional wicket in this match. The club's calculation of 1,047 disregards the fact that ODI and Twenty20 international wickets also count in Murtagh's tally of List A and Twenty20 wickets respectively.

I think the reason why tea was taken at 3:55pm with 38 overs remaining was because the umpires decided that the 5-minute delay to the start was sufficient reason to alter the timing of the interval.

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 06:17
I don't know who does Middlesex twitter- but they're wrong.

It's easier with batsmen. If a batsman scores 5,000 test runs, and another 5,000 runs for his county, then that will be shown by cricinfo as 5,000 test runs, and 10,000 first class runs (which is correct) Middlesex twitter would have added another 5,000 to make 15,000, which would, of course, be wrong.

Thus Timmy's international wickets are already included in the 1.000, and don't need to be counted a second time.

Shame they spoiled Timmy's big moment.

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 07:27
Perfect summing up of the day RnO.
Push on today,head for 4th batting point

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
Primrose Hillbilly (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 08:18
We need someone to stand up and fill in for Toby to keep Eski company, and get - and then keep - our foot on the Bears' throat.

Beefy is right - we need to push on for the next two batting points and a 100 plus lead.

'Arry is decent, but I have been pretty disappointed by Ollie's batting to date this season. - So has the club, evidently, hence why he's betting below TR-J now.

Time for our tail to wag

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
hdo (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 09:28
Chunky, thanks for clarifying something I've been wondering about for years, but never known who/how to ask.

Well, I say clarifying, but I'm still not sure. I'd be most grateful if someone could tell me whether I've got this right or not.

So am I correct in thinking that, when it comes to a player's Cricinfo stats page:
1) "First class" comprises Championship matches and Test matches but no one-day cricket of any description?
2) List A comprises domestic and international one-day cricket of all varieties (40, 45, 50 overs) but not T20?
3) In order to find out how many wickets/runs/catches a player has in his career, I need to add up the "first-class", "List A" and "T20" columns, but I must not include the separate international columns?

Many thanks in advance for anyone who can clarify this for me!

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 10:55
Yes- That's absolutely correct.

It currently shows Tim Murtagh on 666 First class wickets- but that is only because cricinfo don't update a match in progress- so it is actually 669.
And those 669 will be all first class wickets for British Universities (which must have been a first class match at the time) Surrey, Middlesex and Ireland combined. I'm sure there will be some Ireland wickets in there, because in the past weird things like Ireland v Namibia have been given first class status. If he had played any test matches (which he hasn't) then any test match wickets would be listed seprately, but they would be part of the 669 total (add them on and you would be counting the test match wickets twice)
Put simply- add fc wickets, List A, and T20 together gives you 1,000
List A and T20 already includes the Int List A and Int T20 wickets- so mustn't be added a second time.

So, really I suppose it's 1,000 senior wickets Tim celebrated yesterday- even though Middlesex twitter feed got it wrong (and Mrs Murtagh was right)

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
hdo (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 12:51
Thanks for the reply - it all makes sense now.

I'd like to imagine Murts is like me and keeps a record of all his wickets in a tatty exercise book at home, listed with details of opposition, location, date, who took the catch, etc... or perhaps that's just me.

Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
adelaide (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 20:44
Thanks for the reply - it all makes sense now.
I'd like to imagine Murts is like me and keeps a record of all his wickets in a tatty exercise book at home, listed with details of opposition, location, date, who took the catch, etc... or perhaps that's just me.

I used to keep a record of all my wickets on a postit note.

When I tried to reply to this using "Reply" it took me off to a more general CricketNetwork page. Is that just me?


Re: Eski Moes Polar Bears down
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
05/07/2017 21:19
I wonder if Tim is one of those people who keeps a list of all the wickets he should have taken. In other words, catches dropped by team mates, and duff umpiring decisions.

Add them on- and it's 1,500.

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