Middlesex till we die
Middlesex end up with unbroken Harte
By Beefy Roberts, Dingy Bags, Rogers and Out
September 24 2018


Nice weather, good c road

Three reporters describe each painful session for Middlesex 

Beefy Roberts

5 hour journey yesterday. No jet lag this morning. Dingy and I take 30 minutes to walk to ground. We meet up with ex Uxbridge groundsman and good friend Vic.  

We contest toss and  win. Good start or was it? Coat off it’s not grim oop North. Gibbons out for 19 one brings 2 Robbo plum LBW, 2 brings 3 Malan plays on its 42-3.

Semi recovery until Eski caught behind now 62-4. Robbie far too forward to be out but given LBW 72-5. Harry partially saves us again with Salisbury who takes 4 wickets is thankfully now given a break.  Is this start of our comeback? No, Max is caught out to a bad shot.  Then Harry out for 31 right on lunch. It’s 113-7. I can hear the pub calling!!!. 

 

Dingy Bags 

 

So at lunch it was not looking too wonderful and if we were hoping for a recovery or just a late flurry we were in for further disappointment. A seasoned Middlesex watcher described one of the shots shortly after the restart as the worst he had ever seen. Something about trying to hit it to Yorkshire.

 

The weather continued set fair and runs were not hard to come by as in our innings. But the ball beat the bat or found the edge far less often. Durham were clearly determined to leave both of last week's collapses behind and it was left to the ever reliable Murts and Harry to find thin edges behind to the tidy Robbie White.

 

Harte and Richardson kept the scoring rate around 4 an over and scored all round the wicket, not afraid to hook and pull in the air quite often. By tea and already ahead Durham looked like the team coming off a win and Middlesex the team out of form.

 

 

Rogers and Out

After tea, both Richardson and Harte proceeded on serenely, with the former registering a half century in a partnership of 89.

It was, therefore, a surprise when he played an ugly heave at a Murtagh delivery and was dismissed leg before without adding to those fifty runs.

This brought Paul Collingwood to the crease, accompanied by a rapturous reception from the crowd and a guard of honour from our boys in the field.

Harte too brought up his fifty and Colly got off the mark with a couple of boundaries.
He could have been dismissed soon after when he edged to slip, but the ball went through Eski's hands and struck him on the side of the head.

After a worrying period when he was prone on the deck, he was able to leave the field on his own two feet assisted by our physio and was replaced in the field by Ollie Rayner.

Colly soon became the ascendant Durham batsman and looked set for a good score.

However, the returning Ethan Bamber snared him LBW for 32 in a fine spell, and the veteran Sunderland supporter had to leave the stage, reminiscent of Noele Gordon's departure from the Crossroads motel.

Incoming batsman Ryan Davies looked decidedly uncomfortable from the start and there was an air of inevitability when Ethan bowled him for just one run, leaving Durham in the lead by 84 runs on 205/5.

Harte and Stuart Poynter saw Durham through to the close on 227/5, with our former Second XI man Harte unbeaten on 76.

We departed to the Butchers Arms in town to the news that Stuart Law had been appointed as our new first team coach.