Middlesex till we die
Advantage Leaning Towards Yorkshire
By Rod Ed
September 7 2017

Good view

Rod Ed reports on day of fluctuating fortunes  and our dreaded over rate.  

With no play on Day 1, which myself and Rogers and Out spent boosting the profits of the local hostelries , it was good to see play start on time. There was no toss and Middlesex elected to field under grey skies. 

Murtagh opened from the Kirkstall end and Finn from the Football Stand.Scoring was difficult and a light smir of rain caused the lights to go on. In the tenth over Harris replaced Finn but Murtagh was still causing trouble conceding, only four of six overs  but two fours in his next saw Finn return. 
Harris induced an edge which didn't quite carry to Simmo during a spell of six consecutive maidens. A four of Finn saw Franco loosen up but the next ball was full and straight and trapped Marsh LBW. 39-1.Eventually Harris conceded some runs and was replaced by Franklin who found the edge but again dropped just short, Ollie this time. An over from Ollie brought lunch at 77 -1 off 33 overs. 
Harris and Finn opened up and Lyth   soon gloved Harris to Simmo 79-2.
Ballance arrived and in 39th over tried an expansive drive off Finn and was caught behind. 100 -3 became 116 -4 when Lees was LBW to Franklin. 
Leaning and Hodd batted positively and a reverse sweep brought up the 50 partnership. With the rate at minus one Voges and Stirlo completed the session 202-4 
Voges continued after tea and a scampered single brought up 100 partnership. Franco replaced Voges with immediate success of Hodd caught behind. 230 -5. 
The brief blue sky above was now replaced by a cold wind and the chat drifted onto extra marital activities in the South West but soon returned to cricket with the over rate now plus two as the new ball was taken by Finn and Murtagh. Finn was now having no ball trouble and Leaning grateful to the Middle for regaining some form.However he ran a quick two to retain the strike only to be LBW next ball to Murtagh for 85 at 270 -6.Rashid went next ball and a hat trick against Yorkshire was on the cards. When did that last happen? 
It was not to be and Bresnan and Plunkett batted to the end although an edge may have carried to slip but was spilled. Plunkett danced down the wicket to heave Murtagh through mid wicket to pass the 300. 
As I left for the journey home 96 overs had been bowled with the rate even and the score 302 -7. 
I didn't miss much as the day closed at 317 -7 I believe.