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Hammond trying to make us look like Wally's

Yes a batting point

By Rogers and Out
September 7 2018

Rogers and Out reports on day of early runs for him and Middlesex. There is a rare bonus point with pictorial evidence from Beefy.  We hear about a topsy turvy day with us still in with a shout. Read to end to find out whether R&O is staying for another day. 

A day of multiple interruptions due to poor light saw Gloucestershire lead by 141 runs after closing day three on 87/4 in their second innings.

We had earlier, once again, spurned the chance of an additional batting point by losing our last three wickets for eight runs after gritty efforts by both James Harris and Ethan Bamber.

Our hopes of victory were resurrected by two Tim Murtagh wickets which were gifted to us by poor shots from Benny Howell then Gareth Roderick. However, we will need early wickets on the morning of day four to keep our chances alive, and also pray that James Harris will be fit to bowl after being absent in the field due to a groin strain.

My day had started badly, suffering from the effects of an appalling curry which I'd forced down the previous night on Gloucester Road. It may have been cheap, but it certainly wasn't cheerful.

I joined the Middlesex faithful in time for start of play on the Hammond Roof and saw Harry clip the first ball of the day to the boundary via fine leg.

It was not long before we registered a rare batting point to the cheers of the away section, and with Ethan Bamber looking composed, save for one over from Higgo, we looked set for 250 and a second bonus point.

Harry and Ethan clocked up a hard earned fifty partnership, but soon after, a leading edge saw the demise of Harris and David Payne took a straightforward caught and bowled opportunity.

At 234/8, there was still a reasonable chance of making 250. Alas, JK Fuller played an injudicious waft at a Payne delivery and was caught behind. The Lambeth Lara then came in and cut the same bowler to Bracey at point in a most un-Lara like fashion. All out for 242, trailing by 54 runs.

Gloucester negotiated the two overs remaining before lunch without trouble and I adjourned to the Annexe for refreshment. The score of 6/0 was not added to when bad light sent the players from the field just after the interval.

On their return, the home team continued to score at a snail's pace in similar fashion to the start of their first innings. However an unwise decision to take a second run led to the departure of Dent thanks to swift work from Gubbo in the deep and Eski whipping off the bails.

In the absence of Harry, the bulk of the bowling fell to young Bamber and he acquitted himself well. It was not the most scintillating cricket you'll ever see, although Gloucester's run rate did increase marginally.

Edge od seat stuff

JK partially atoned for his poor batting by bowling Bracey with a fine delivery which resulted in a most amusing celebration. For a moment, I thought we must have won the game.

48/2 soon became 59/4 when Howell and Roderick both chipped innocuous looking Dial M deliveries to midwicket, with Stirlo and Mala the grateful recipients. Murts delighted us with a fine impersonation of JK's celebration after Howell's wicket.

Another interruption for bad light left us with seven overs to complete the day's play, hoping that we might snatch a couple more wickets to improve our victory chances.

However, Miles Hammond and Jack Taylor batted solidly to the close with Hammond looking particularly defiant on 43 from 108 balls.

In a moment of madness earlier in the day, I booked another night's accommodation in order to see the final day's play. It remains to be seen whether this was a wise move.

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