Middlesex till we die
St Dawid"s Day
By Dingy Bags
July 2 2019


Another award on its way

Dingy Bags started off today with the option of watching his back garden grass grow or witnessing Middlesex desparate effort to gain some credit after two dire days. He is MTWD so here he is reporting from Derby of our superb rearguard action. Read on...    

 

 

Our Teacher marking 

The  first two days:

Bowl consistently X

Take half chances X

Catch dollies X

Avoid no balls X

When you get an edge, don’t overstep X

Keep a good over rate X

When you get a start, bat long X

 

I didn’t exactly travel up in hope today but I did travel. I find Pattonair ground a nice place to watch cricket and Derby deserve credit for what they have done to the ground over recent times. The wicket still looked good as Finn stroked a beautiful four in the second over of the day behind square. Later there was an elegant on drive but it was only a matter of time before he was bowled all over the place by Beaker. From here, Max and Mala dug in, not without alarms but with a few nice shots mixed in. Ten minutes before lunch, the flying Fynn came. First ball to Max lifted sharply and he nicked it behind. 205 – 5.

The new ball produced a wicket about 40 minutes after lunch when Critchers took a brilliant one handed slip catch to dismiss George Scott, who batted well and briskly for his 23. After our efforts at catching, it was inevitable Derby would take some streamers. Simmo arrived and was quickly into his stride, including a powerful flick off his legs not far off a six. Mala then went to a well-deserved ton, his third of the championship, with an extra cover drive that was all class. Derby used no less than six seamers, through the afternoon, which is one reason they slipped to – 3, with the captain apparently reluctant to bowl the quickest, Beaker. You could look at it that we had drawn the two sessions today, by tea  taken at 319-6, just after 4.00. Mala (129)  Simmo (30}, stand worth 69.

After tea, as the second new ball got older the seventh wicket pair continued to pick off their singles. There were a few plays and misses as the bounce sometimes became uneven but their was some idle speculation that we might declare if we saved the follow on. However, scoring was slow as, quite correctly, the players went carefully about their task. Indeed, Simmo having apparently raced into the twenties, batted at a strike rate of about 20 afterwards. Not for the first time, it had taken two days for us to start competing.

Simmo found some acceleration to go to a defiant 50 off 138 balls. He played some nice shots all round the wicket, including four 3s. It was that kind of innings but hugely useful to a struggling side. We then had a spate of short balls which established that Mala and Simmo both had their hooks in order but this period of play saw the skipper to his 150, from 302 deliveries. Derby brought on The Ploy as their eighth bowler (something resembling left arm orthodox) and the follow on was saved by a rasping drive from Simmo. So, we got through the day losing only three wickets  one of them a night watchman. We comprehensively lost the first two days but we have won today. We are still bottom of the heap but at least we have not capitulated. It was not clear, leaving the ground this evening, where this game is going now. 436-6 at close.