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Wisden Cricinfo staff
July 5, 2004
Middlesex 216 for 4 (Shah 105*) beat Scotland 89 by 127 runs
Middlesex moved clear at the top of the National League second division, as Scotland continued to flounder in the basement, after a match which encapsulated perfectly the differences between the teams. Led by an unbeaten century from their former captain, Owais Shah, Middlesex romped to victory by 127 runs, after bowling Scotland out for a meagre 89.
Shah, who clubbed nine fours and two sixes in his 119-ball 105, made light of tricky conditions at the Old Deer Park in Richmond, in a match where no other batsman exceeded Nick Compton's 33. After the early loss of Ben Hutton, Paul Weekes dropped anchor with 20 from 50 balls, and when he fell, Jamie Dalrymple followed suit to keep Shah company. Compton added some late impetus to lift the total to 216 for 4.
That proved to be more than enough. Only two of Scotland's batsmen reached double figures as Middlesex's bowlers ran amok. The only batsman to hang around for any length of time was their Indian opener, Sridharan Sriram, but by the time he retired hurt for 19 from 52 balls, the match was already in the bag.
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