CricInfo Championship: Middlesex v Sussex at Lord's, 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2001
Andy Jalil

Middlesex 2nd innings: Day Four: Lunch, Day Four: Tea, Match Drawn,
Sussex 2nd innings: Day Three: Lunch, Day Three: Tea, Day Three: Stumps,
Live Reports from previous days


MIDDLESEX AND SUSSEX SETTLE FOR DRAW

Sussex could make no headway through the defensive batting of the Middlesex middle order which held out through the final session to get a draw in their CricInfo Championship match at Lord's.

Middlesex, having begun their second innings ten minutes before lunch, which was taken on twelve without loss, lost three wickets in a space of 21 runs during the second session of play.

An hour after the break the first wicket went down with Mark Robinson, who replaced Jason Lewry for the thirteenth over, trapping Michael Roseberry leg before for eight. The next fell five runs later on 38 with Owais Shah pushing half forward to a ball that left him slightly and Chris Adams at second slip took the catch inches from the ground.

To complete the trio of wickets that fell during that period, Andy Strauss, who had opened his account before lunch with three boundaries, hung his bat outside his off stump and once again a ball that swung away caught the outside edge on its way to first slip. From 54 for three, Middlesex moved on to 65 when tea was taken.

The solid fourth wicket stand of 81 in 34 overs between Robin Weston, who top scored in the first innings with 83 and Ben Hutton ensured that Middlesex were not going to suffer their first championship defeat of the summer. They took no chances; there was hardly a risky stroke as they waited for the right balls to hit.

They were neck and neck, for most of their stand, in the rate of scoring. After fifty overs they had 31 runs apiece with the total 125.

Finally, with a draw becoming inevitable, Richard Montgomerie was given the last over to bowl for a light-hearted finish and his first ball trapped Weston, 34, leg before wicket, ending a two-and-a-half-hour stay at the crease during which he received 106 balls.

Hutton, having faced 120 balls, remained not out with 36, in two hours, and with Middlesex on 135 for four, the captains decided to call an end at 5.30pm.

Earlier, Middlesex bowlers, who struggled for wickets, claiming just one in almost the entire third day's play, were more successful today. They dismissed five Sussex batsmen in a little over an hour-and-a-half, despite the absence of Phil Tufnell who has a hamstring strain.

The unbroken overnight stand of 109 between Montgomerie and Bastiaan Zuiderent did not progress much further. In the sixth over of the morning, after Zuiderent had added six to his fifty, Angus Fraser claimed the first of his two wickets with Jamie Hewitt diving forward at mid-on to take a low catch.

Montgomerie, meanwhile, reached his fourth first-class century of the season and on 116, looking for quick runs, he swung at a Paul Weekes' ball and failed to connect. He had hit twelve boundaries in his 271-ball innings. Sussex were 262 for three.

Adams' reverse sweep at Weekes didn't work as the ball popped up into the hands of Shah at slip. Fraser got his second wicket when Umer Rashid's firm pull was knocked upwards by Weston at mid-wicket and held at second attempt. The fourth and fifth wickets had gone quickly on 285 and 292 respectively.

Four runs after Matthew Prior was run out on 311, the declaration came, setting Middlesex 313 to win in a minimum of seventy overs. But on a slow wicket and in overcast conditions which assisted ball movement, as seen later, this was a far from easy task for the home side.



SUSSEX PRESS FOR VICTORY OVER MIDDLESEX

Middlesex are battling to hold out through the final session to get a draw in their CricInfo Championship match at Lord's. Having begun their second innings ten minutes before lunch, which was taken on twelve without loss, they lost three in the space of 21 runs during the second session of play.

An hour after the break they lost the first wicket with Mark Robinson, who replaced Jason Lewry for the thirteenth over, trapping Michael Roseberry leg before for eight. The next wicket fell five runs later on 38 with Owais Shah pushing half forward to a ball that left him slightly and Chris Adams at second slip took the catch inches from the ground.

To complete the trio of wickets that fell, Andy Strauss, who had opened his account before lunch with three boundaries, hung his bat outside his off stump and once again a ball that swung away caught the outside edge on its way to first slip.

From 54 for three, Middlesex moved to 65 when tea was taken.

Earlier, Middlesex bowlers, who struggled for wickets, claiming just one in almost the entire third day's play, were more successful today, dismissing five Sussex batsmen in a little over an hour-and-a-half.

The unbroken overnight stand of 109 between Richard Montgomerie and Bastiaan Zuiderent did not progress much further. In the sixth over of the morning, after Zuiderent had added six to his fifty, Angus Fraser claimed the first of his two wickets with Jamie Hewitt diving forward at mid-on to take a low catch.

Montgomerie, meanwhile, reached his fourth first-class century of the season and on 116, looking for quick runs, he swung at a Paul Weekes' ball and failed to connect. He had hit twelve boundaries in his 301-ball innings. Sussex were 262 for three.

Adams' reverse sweep at Weekes didn't work as the ball popped up into the hands of Shah at slip. Fraser got his second wicket when Umer Rashid's firm pull was knocked up by Robin Weston at mid-wicket and held at second attempt. The fourth and fifth wickets had gone quickly on 285 and 292 respectively.

Four runs after Matthew Prior was run out on 311, the declaration came, setting Middlesex 313 to win in a minimum of seventy overs.



MIDDLESEX BAT TO SAVE GAME AGAINST SUSSEX

The Middlesex bowlers, who claimed just one wicket in almost the entire third day's play, were more successful today, dismissing five Sussex batsmen in a little over an hour-and-a-half.

The unbroken overnight stand of 109 between Richard Montgomerie and Bastiaan Zuiderent did not progress much further. In the sixth over of the morning, after Zuiderent had added six to his fifty, Angus Fraser claimed the first of his two wickets with Jamie Hewitt diving forward at mid-on to take a low catch.

Montgomerie, meanwhile, reached his fourth first-class century of the season and on 116, looking for quick runs, he swung at a Paul Weekes' ball and failed to connect. He had hit twelve boundaries in his 301-ball innings. Sussex were 262 for three.

Chris Adams' reverse sweep at Weekes didn't work as the ball popped up into the hands of Owais Shah at slip. Fraser got his second wicket when Umer Rashid's firm pull was knocked up by Robin Weston at mid-wicket and held at second attempt. The fourth and fifth wickets had gone quickly on 285 and 292 respectively.

Four runs after Matthew Prior's run out on 311, the declaration came, setting Middlesex 313 to win in a minimum of seventy overs. In ten minutes batting before lunch, they were twelve without loss with Andy Strauss hitting three boundaries.



MONTGOMERIE AND GOODWIN BUILD BIG LEAD FOR SUSSEX OVER MIDDLESEX

The fine form this season of Sussex's opening batsmen, Richard Montgomerie and Murray Goodwin, has continued with the two combining in a century stand in the second innings of their match against Middlesex at Lord's.

Goodwin, who has scored four first-class hundreds this season, hit his second half-century of the match and Montgomerie, with three hundreds, was well on the way to a fourth when stumps were drawn on 217 for one, giving Sussex an overall lead of 214.

He was unbeaten on 90 after a long innings, spanning five hours, during which he faced 271 balls and hit eight boundaries.

His stand with Goodwin was solid rather than a free-scoring one with the hundred coming in the 39th over. Goodwin reached his 50 from 97 balls, five of which he sent to the boundary. The scoring rate did drop considerably with both batsmen playing defensively to the extent that at one stage Montgomerie had scored four singles in an hour.

During that period he lost his partner on 108. Goodwin's 61 had taken 161 minutes before he played on to Phil Tufnell in attempting to square-cut.

Having begun their innings fifteen overs before lunch, which was taken on 30 without loss, Sussex, at tea, were 121 for one with Montgomerie on 43.

He featured in another century partnership, an unbroken one, with Bastiaan Zuiderent whose contribution was 51 from 124 balls. Their stand, by close of play, had taken up two-and-a-half hours.

Middlesex bowlers, although not penetrative, had kept a fairly tight length, Bloomfield suffered a bit with his twelve overs going at the rate of five.

Earlier, Sussex pace bowler Robert Kirtley took three wickets for 30 this morning and Jason Lewry had two for 29 to dismiss Middlesex for 326. Resuming on the overnight total of 263 for five the Middlesex innings lasted a little over an hour today, which was enough to give them a small, three-run first innings lead.

For Sussex it was important to break the overnight stand between Robin Weston and David Nash and this they did in the second over with the new ball, which was taken as soon as it became available after a hundred overs.

Nash had scored the six runs that he needed for his half-century before offering an easy return catch to Kirtley who then claimed his second wicket 33 runs later when Weston, having added 13 to his overnight 70, edged behind with the total on 305.

On either side of Weston's dismissal, Lewry uprooted the off-stump of Jamie Hewitt and Bloomfield and finally Kirtley wrapped up the innings having Angus Fraser caught off the outside edge at second slip for 14.



SLOW PROGRESS FOR SUSSEX AS THEY BUILD LEAD AGAINST MIDDLESEX

Murray Goodwin hit his second half-century of the match against Middlesex at Lord's and combined with Richard Montgomerie in a century stand for the first wicket.

It was a solid rather than a free-scoring partnership with the hundred coming in the 39th over. Goodwin reached his fifty from 97 balls, five of which he hit to the boundary. The scoring rate dropped gradually with both batsmen playing defensively to the extent that at one stage Montgomerie had scored four singles in an hour.

During that period he lost his partner on 108. Goodwin's 61 had taken 201 minutes before he played on to Phil Tufnell in attempting to square-cut.

Having begun their innings fifteen overs before lunch, which was taken on 30 without loss, Sussex, at tea, were 121 for one with Montgomerie on 43.

Earlier, Sussex pace bowler Robert Kirtley took three wickets for 30 this morning and Jason Lewry had two for 29 to dismiss Middlesex for 326. Resuming on the overnight total of 263 for five the Middlesex innings lasted a little over an hour today, which was enough to give them a small, three-run first innings lead.

For Sussex it was important to break the overnight stand between Robin Weston and David Nash and this they did in the second over with the new ball, which was taken as soon as it became available after a hundred overs.

Nash had scored the six runs that he needed for his half-century before offering an easy return catch to Kirtley who then claimed his second wicket 33 runs later when Weston, having added 13 to his overnight 70, edged behind with the total on 305.

On either side of Weston's dismissal, Lewry uprooted the off-stump of Jamie Hewitt and Tim Bloomfield and finally Kirtley wrapped up the innings having Angus Fraser caught off the outside edge at second slip for 14.



SUSSEX HAUL BACK MIDDLESEX TO LEAVE GAME EVENLY POISED

Sussex pace bowler Robert Kirtley took three wickets for 30 this morning and Jason Lewry had two for 29 to dismiss Middlesex for 326.

Resuming on the overnight total of 263 for five the Middlesex innings lasted a little over an hour today, which was enough to give them a small, three-run first innings lead.

For Sussex it was important to break the overnight stand between Robin Weston and David Nash and this they did in the second over with the new ball, which was taken as soon as it became available after a hundred overs.

Nash had scored the six runs that he needed for his half-century before offering an easy return catch to Kirtley who then claimed his second wicket 33 runs later when Weston, having added thirteen to his overnight seventy, edged behind with the total on 305.

On either side of Weston's dismissal, Lewry uprooted the off-stump of Jamie Hewitt and Tim Bloomfield and finally Kirtley wrapped up the innings having Angus Fraser caught off the outside edge at second slip for 14.

In the 15 overs to lunch, Sussex in their second innings, were 30-0.

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Date-stamped : 02 Jul2001 - 22:25