Middlesex sealed an emphatic ten-wicket victory over Surrey at Lord’s to win the London derby and clinch their first County Championship victory of the season.The club had suffered defeats to Somerset and Hampshire in their opening two matches but produced a much-improved performance against Surrey to win inside three days.
County Championship: Middlesex crush Surrey in London derby as visitors suffer big collapse at Lord's
Middlesex complete 10-wicket victory inside three days as Surrey collapse; visitors lose final seven wickets for just 25 runs at Lord's; Somerset also victorious as they trounce Leicestershire by nine wickets and Tom Lammonby ends lean run with half-century Middlesex romped to their first victory of the LV= County Championship season by thrashing winless London rivals Surrey by 10 wickets inside three days at Lord's as the visitors suffered a huge collapse.
Middlesex 114 for 3 (White 52*) trail Surrey 154 (Murtagh 4-28) by 40 runs "Look up, not down," is the guiding principle for captains winning the toss at Lord's.Pitches can be deceptive in their appearance, so the prevailing wisdom suggests, and thus it is safer to trust the overhead conditions.
Somerset recovered from 89-9 in their first innings and produced a fourth-innings chase of 285 to beat Middlesex and complete a stunning comeback victory in their County Championship opener at Lord’s.Jason Kerr’s side, who reached the Bob Willis Trophy final last summer, trailed Middlesex by 224 when they lost their ninth wicket on day two, but numbers 10 and 11 Marchant de Lange and Jack Leach almost doubled Somerset’s total to stay in contention.
Ball one: Bartlett pairs with Gregory for Somerset victory Somerset started the season by taking a step closer to their traditional autumnal heartbreak with a wonderfully resistant win over Middlesex.After Sam Robson’s opening day 165, Middlesex’s bowlers looked like earning double helpings of triple sweaters until Marchant de Lange biffed a few while Jack Leach wiped the ice off his glasses at the other end to save the follow-on.
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Middlesex 293 for 8 (Robson 165, Gregory 4-54) vs Somerset Opening the batting on the first morning on the County Championship season is a mug's game.