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Raine demolishes us as we can't build a stand

Raine caught but in vain

By Darren Gosling
September 10 2019

Another depressing report on a below par day for Middlesex.  With some comments about our batting and the Cummings and goings of new signings. The latest report to carry an MTWD health warning,

Middlesex went in to this Championship match on the back of a complete thrashing last time at Hove, where our long misfiring batting line-up were bowled out for a paltry 75. The solution of course was to sign a West Indian bowler! Everyone around me were equally non-plussed at the hierarchy’s thinking(?)

Anyway, Middlesex won the toss and chose to bowl, with Murts from the Demolition End and Miguel Cummins from the Pavilion End.With blue skies overhead Durham made a slow but steady start with Alex Lees and Cameron Steel reaching 50 without loss without any real alarms. However, shortly after the skies became overcast and James Harris replaced Murts from the Demolition End. A perfect Yorker first ball almost done for Lees who did well to dig it out. Harris though did trap Lees (26) lbw in his second over to make the breakthrough.56-0 soon became 59-3 as Finn bowled Steel (29) and Cummins removed Angus Robson (0) caught low down at slip by Eskinazi. A good comeback by Middlesex was rounded with the penultimate ball before lunch when Murts had Harte (6) caught behind by Simmo to leave Durham 80-4.

During the interval Tom Helm proudly received his County cap from President Mike Selvey and was warmly applauded by the members in front of the pavilion.

After lunch the Durham innings continued to capitulate as a succession of batsman all departed for single figure scores. Only the Aussie Handscomb offered any resistance before he was finally beaten by one that nipped back by Murts to depart for 54.

Finny finished with 4-41, Murts, 3-32, Harris 2-33 and Cummins 1-38 as Durham limped to 147 all out as the ball did a lot after the first hour when the blue skies had departed.

Middlesex began with Robson and Gubbins opening under the lights which had been switched on at 2.50pm towards the end of the Durham innings. Gubbins departed for a duck having faced just 3 balls as he was trapped lbw by Carse to leave Middlesex 0-1.

Eskinazi and Robson briefly looked to be building a platform before Esky (24) was bowled by Rimmington and Robson (20) was caught behind by Eckersley off Rushworth to leave Middlesex 51-3. Rushworth also removed Holden (5) before Ben Raine bowling from the Demolition End destroyed the middle order by picking up 3-12 off 4 overs.  Raine firstly bowled Scott (9) ,then trapped Simmo lbw for a duck before finally trapping Malan (24) lbw to leave Middlesex 86-7.

Shortly afterwards the umpires decided (a little surprisingly) that the light was too bad to continue, I say surprisingly as the general consensus was that the light hadn’t changed in the last hour.

Anyway, Middlesex face an uphill battle to save this match as Durham who currently lead by 60 will look to knock over the tail early tomorrow morning.

This has been a painful report to write and sadly the batting has been failing for far too long now. Since winning the Championship in 2016, these are the average 1st innings scores for the season when the 4th wicket has fallen (4th being the introduction of no.6 are last recognised batsman):

2016 - 212

2017 – 153

2018 – 108

2019 - 115

Your guess is as good as mine as why the  Middlesex Director of Cricket thought signing a bowler would help address our batting issues in the final 3 games……….

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Bring back the Crusaders
10/09/2019 23:51
Look on the bright side - we wont have to follow on!

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