Middlesex v Worcestershire, Lord's, 4th day September 10, 2010

Shakib seven seals stunning Worcs win

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Worcestershire 313 and 256 beat Middlesex 392 and 66 by 111 runs
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The Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan took a career-best 7 for 32 to send woeful Middlesex spinning to a remarkable 111-run defeat at Lord's and keep Worcestershire firmly in the County Championship Division Two promotion race. Middlesex, set 178 to win when Worcestershire were bowled out after an hour's play on the final morning for 256 in their second innings, crumbled to 66 all out in 31.1 overs.

Shakib took three wickets in an over at one stage, and the turn he got from the wearing surface was just too much for the Middlesex batsmen. Only the first-innings centurion Owais Shah, with 25 in his final innings for the county, seemed to have any idea of how to flourish against Shakib's left-arm spin - until, that is, he holed out to mid-on.

Gareth Berg was then caught at slip two balls later, pushing forward, and the last ball of Shakib's sixth over saw Tim Murtagh slice a wildly optimistic drive to point. That burst left Middlesex reeling at 54 for 7, but they had already been in deep trouble. Alan Richardson, playing against the county he left at the end of last season, had struck twice with the new ball while Shakib had removed Dawid Malan just before lunch and Dan Housego just after the interval.

Richardson had John Simpson lbw for a first-ball duck during his opening over, before angling one across Scott Newman to have the left-hander caught low down at second slip by Daryl Mitchell in his fifth over. Malan, having scored the single which completed his 1,000 first-class runs for the season, fell for 2 when he moved across his crease and had his leg stump clipped as he missed an attempted flick off his pads.

Housego was lbw on the back foot as he tried to defend against Shakib, and Shah's rush of blood - which produced a simple catch to Jack Shantry - merely hastened the end as the Middlesex lower order surrendered with barely a whimper.

Toby Roland-Jones was lbw to Shakib, going back to a well-flighted ball when he should have been forward, and Neil Dexter - the home side's last hope - was brilliantly caught for 21 by Vikram Solanki at backward short leg off Moeen Ali's off-breaks. Fittingly, Shakib picked up the final wicket when Steven Finn attempted a mow to leg but succeeded only in skying a catch to wicketkeeper Ben Cox.

The day had begun with Worcestershire just 116 ahead on 195 for 7 in their second innings and when Moeen fell for 81 - having added just 10 to his overnight score - and Shantry quickly followed for a duck, caught at the wicket off Pedro Collins, it seemed as if the match was going Middlesex's way.

But Gareth Andrew more than doubled his overnight 34 by going to 73 with some cleanly-struck blows and Richardson hung around to help him add an important 34 for the last wicket.

Yet the victory target still seemed well within Middlesex's reach - until Shakib began to weave his web of destruction. Worcestershire are now at home to Sussex in next week's final round of Championship matches, and could yet pip Glamorgan for the second promotion place.

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  • Bass_Man on September 16, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Shakib you beauty. It is quite ironic that I was passing Lords that day. Wish I was there that day.

  • on September 16, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    i think shakib is the best ever allrounder of the world

  • on September 16, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Shakib you are great! but you should go a bit slow with bat, try to get some 50. After 2/3 50 go on your own way.You will show more and more stunning performances in near future.

  • on September 14, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    besides everything sakib should concentrate on his batting a bit....

  • joyroy_nub on September 14, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Sakib..........U .........R .....The.............. Best..........

  • on September 13, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    watch shakib on the match and his wickets

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwrjBBzCPqo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwrjBBzCPqo

  • on September 13, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Great performance! As a Bengali, I am proud of you. I hope you will bring this type of performance for the Bangladesh national Cricket Team. Thanks.

  • on September 13, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    sakib i cant believe that still....what a performance!!oh my god....really i proud for u.bcoz u r a bangladeshi & i m also......

  • on September 13, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Bravo Shakib, now i am a Worcestershire supporter.

  • on September 13, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Great going sakib. Carry on.

  • Bass_Man on September 16, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    Shakib you beauty. It is quite ironic that I was passing Lords that day. Wish I was there that day.

  • on September 16, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    i think shakib is the best ever allrounder of the world

  • on September 16, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Shakib you are great! but you should go a bit slow with bat, try to get some 50. After 2/3 50 go on your own way.You will show more and more stunning performances in near future.

  • on September 14, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    besides everything sakib should concentrate on his batting a bit....

  • joyroy_nub on September 14, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Sakib..........U .........R .....The.............. Best..........

  • on September 13, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    watch shakib on the match and his wickets

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwrjBBzCPqo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwrjBBzCPqo

  • on September 13, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Great performance! As a Bengali, I am proud of you. I hope you will bring this type of performance for the Bangladesh national Cricket Team. Thanks.

  • on September 13, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    sakib i cant believe that still....what a performance!!oh my god....really i proud for u.bcoz u r a bangladeshi & i m also......

  • on September 13, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Bravo Shakib, now i am a Worcestershire supporter.

  • on September 13, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Great going sakib. Carry on.

  • shaon_143 on September 12, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    i know that Shakib is always a great player. he will do more good in future ,i bet.

  • on September 12, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    We are looking for another best performance by shakib al hasan and grate success of worcestershire against sussex.Good Luck Worcestershire.

  • cricketcrazyyy on September 12, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Only thing Sakib to do is to concentrate on his batting. Otherwise all is well.

  • on September 12, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    U SEE... OTHER TEAM HAS GOT A HUGE LOSS ON THEIR BACK FOR NOT TAKING SHAKIB!! EVEN THE IPL TEAMS!!!

  • kryon on September 12, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Good Job shakib but try to concentrate on your batting for a bit.

  • I_Knockout_U on September 11, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    No 1 baby. Worcestershire now got millions of fans..... What a marketing opportunity for them. They shouldnt let him go.

  • on September 11, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Great perfomance!! Well done Sakib. Eid Mubarak................

  • on September 11, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    Eid mubarak Shakib...and congrats.... i always follow ur game on the net...so keep up ur success...

  • on September 11, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    better things are coming for shakib in the future,all hail the iceman,WORLD'S NO.1 ALL ROUNDER

  • on September 11, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    thanks Shakib for making my Eid a bit happier..:D

  • on September 11, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    wow SHAKIB.. u r the man !u hav made us as well as the country PROUD.. i hope u will continue to do this over & over again & thus u will make BANGLADESH proud..

  • Apache_Indian on September 11, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Wow ! 7 wickets in just 11.1 overs ! Well played !

  • pcdnath on September 11, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    what a performance bro,,,,proud of you, eid mubarak :):)

  • on September 11, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    its great to see him perform well,,, great goin shakib ,,,,

  • on September 11, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Eid mubarak man, u did a great job.

  • ostad on September 11, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    It is really a good Eid gift from Sakib al Hasan. I am happy and proud.Congratulation to you for your a career-best 7 for 32....Can other players of Bangladesh national team follow you to improve their performance?...Congratualtion to Worcestershire to pick up Sakib.....,You have 160 millions fans......go ahead...

  • googletalk on September 11, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    By signing Shakib, Worcestershire actually have made a healthy 14 million fan for them. Only other concern was how Shakib would perform. So far so good, and he only can improve from here. he still have far greater potential scoring more runs, and can be more venomous at times with the ball. I actually was listening BBC radio's live commentry for Worcestershire while a CLT20 match and an ODI were being broadcasted live.

    I think his performance should warrant to publish a review of his county performance which would be much appreciated by thousands of Bangladeshi cricinfo followers. Good luck to their promotion fight in final round, hope they will be able to send Glamargon back into third place :)

    Let other counties sign few more Bangladeshi cricketers like Tamim Iqbal and others.

  • Meety on September 10, 2010, 23:24 GMT

    This is going to be great experience for Shakib. Hopefully England won't poach him with a 4yr residency! If Mahmudullah, Tamim, Kayes, & Siddique could get some county experience the Bangars would be able to establish a pretty good core, capable of winning alot more tests & ODIs. Add a top shelf pace bowler (or 2), & they would be very dangerous.

  • on September 10, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Eid mubarak sakib,thanks for your wonderful performance, keep it up.

  • on September 10, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    shakib will be a great player,only need consistency and i wish more bangladeshi player participate in county cricket.

  • on September 10, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Only for Shakib i become a great follower of worcestershire cricket. Like any Bangladesh Match i always keep my eyes on the scoreboard when shakib plays for worcestershire. Today at the start of the last innings i was just dreaming that if shakib can do it and finally my dream comes true. Thanks Shakib. Just run as you always do.

  • on September 10, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    eid mubarak.keep it up n go on

  • sawn on September 10, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Great going Shakib!!!! We r proud of u !!!!!!!!!!

  • m.arifrahman on September 10, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Only for Shakib i become a great follower of worcestershire cricket. Like any Bangladesh Match i always keep my eyes on the scoreboard when shakib plays for worcestershire. Today at the start of the last innings i was just dreaming that if shakib can do it and finally my dream comes true. Thanks Shakib. Just run as you always do.

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Eid Mubarak Sakib and you did a great job. keep going Sakib keep going

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Shakib, Eid Mubarak brother, Wish you all the success in every step of your life.

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Nice & marvelous performance Shakib......Keep it up.....

  • on September 10, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Gr8 shakib...keep it up..make bd proud of u....best of luck............

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Shakib U r besttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Wonderful performance of Shakib Al Hasan. He is our pride. We feel proud of him. Go on Shakib. : ) ( ( ____; ) ( (

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    SAKIB rockzzz! keep going!

  • ben.pullan13 on September 10, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Shakib is truly a class all-rounder and is the best left-arm spinner in the world at the moment.

  • on September 10, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    shakib was great,,is great,,will b great..........boss,,keep it up***

  • on September 10, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Poor old Middlesex. Denis and Bill will be turning in their graves !

  • on September 10, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    What a fantastic performance by shakib. I never hoped that Worcestershire can win the match ever when the target is only 178 to win for Middlesex. but I appriciate shakib for his wonderful perforance for himself & for the whole team. My heartfelt love and wishes for Worcestershire. Please concentrate on your Batting. Because, you are grate batsman then a bowller.

  • on September 10, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    WELL DONE SHAKIB. GREAT PERFORMANCE AGAIN. KEEP IT UP.

  • nislam4 on September 10, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Well done Shakib. Keep it up. We would like to see Worcestershire in Division one next year.

  • on September 10, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Go shakib go, you just broke the dimension of bangladesh cricket set by the so called specialist, show your class & prove who is world's no. 1 allrounder and who is now world's best spinner. But also try to score some run's as you have to make it your habit, because Bangladesh need both your batting and bowling in the upcoming world cup.

  • Nahid_Hasan on September 10, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    I should just say unbelievable!! It is the day of Eid and Shakib got the biggest happiness on the day in style.

  • on September 10, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Go on $$Shakib$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • on September 10, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Go on $$Shakib$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nahid_Hasan on September 10, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    I should just say unbelievable!! It is the day of Eid and Shakib got the biggest happiness on the day in style.

  • on September 10, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Go shakib go, you just broke the dimension of bangladesh cricket set by the so called specialist, show your class & prove who is world's no. 1 allrounder and who is now world's best spinner. But also try to score some run's as you have to make it your habit, because Bangladesh need both your batting and bowling in the upcoming world cup.

  • nislam4 on September 10, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Well done Shakib. Keep it up. We would like to see Worcestershire in Division one next year.

  • on September 10, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    WELL DONE SHAKIB. GREAT PERFORMANCE AGAIN. KEEP IT UP.

  • on September 10, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    What a fantastic performance by shakib. I never hoped that Worcestershire can win the match ever when the target is only 178 to win for Middlesex. but I appriciate shakib for his wonderful perforance for himself & for the whole team. My heartfelt love and wishes for Worcestershire. Please concentrate on your Batting. Because, you are grate batsman then a bowller.

  • on September 10, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Poor old Middlesex. Denis and Bill will be turning in their graves !

  • on September 10, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    shakib was great,,is great,,will b great..........boss,,keep it up***

  • ben.pullan13 on September 10, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Shakib is truly a class all-rounder and is the best left-arm spinner in the world at the moment.

  • on September 10, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    SAKIB rockzzz! keep going!