Group 2, Lord's, May 06 - 08, 2021, County Championship
210 & 152
(T:90) 273 & 93/3

Gloucs won by 7 wickets

Middlesex 1st Innings
Gloucs 1st Innings
Middlesex 2nd Innings
Gloucs 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Middlesex 1st Innings 
lbw b Higgins1240462030.00
lbw b Taylor1662811025.80
c Hankins b Payne1871972025.35
b Payne1029351034.48
not out 761492039051.00
lbw b Smith1748613035.41
lbw b Taylor2042492047.61
b Payne821281038.09
c †Bracey b Higgins315220020.00
c Smith b Payne46151066.66
b Payne024000.00
Extras(b 12, lb 14)26
TOTAL80.5 Ov (RR: 2.59)210
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Sam Robson, 11.6 ov), 2-48 (Max Holden, 21.4 ov), 3-61 (Peter Handscomb, 30.4 ov), 4-78 (Nick Gubbins, 36.2 ov), 5-117 (John Simpson, 51.4 ov), 6-159 (Martin Andersson, 65.1 ov), 7-184 (James Harris, 72.5 ov), 8-195 (Ethan Bamber, 77.4 ov), 9-210 (Thilan Walallawita, 80.3 ov), 10-210 (Tim Murtagh, 80.5 ov)
30.4 to PSP Handscomb, oops, don't want to be leaving those! Left-arm over, swinging back in, that's a horrible misjudgement, leaving on the angle, and that's splattered the off stump!. 61/3
36.2 to NRT Gubbins, edged, juggled, second slip clings on to pick off Gloucestershire's fourth! Payne's curling away-swing snags another hard-handed push. 78/4
72.5 to JAR Harris, absolute beauty! A pearler of a left-arm inswinger, curling through the gate as Harris angles forward and has no answer whatsoever. 184/7
80.3 to TN Walallawita, straightens on an off-stump line, Walallawita jabs his bat in a reflexive block, and third slip snaffles a fast chance at chest height. Gloucestershire are close to where they wanted to be after choosing to field first. 210/9
80.5 to TJ Murtagh, cleans him up second ball! Another curling delivery on a full length, Murtagh's feet can't contend with the movement and off come his bails. 210/10
11.6 to SD Robson, straight after the break, and up goes the finger! Shaping in on the angle, down the slope, eludes the inside-edge, thumps the pad, and Robson is gone!. 23/1
77.4 to ER Bamber, Barnacle Bamber is no more! A beautiful full-length inswinger from Higgins, moving very late and tailing in towards Bamber's static toes. A defensive push down an off-stump line leads to a thin snick, and Gloucestershire have their eighth. 195/8
21.4 to MDE Holden, pads up as the ball bends in from outside off, and that's pretty adjacent! Sure enough, up goes the finger, and a battling knock ends softly. Looked a touch high to the naked eye, but struck in line and condemned by his lack of intent!. 48/2
65.1 to MK Andersson, round the wicket, thumped on the pad, Andersson was well forward but that zipped past a thrusting bat and crashed flush into his pads. Another one bites the dust. 159/6
51.4 to JA Simpson, pinned on the back foot, Smith slips the flatter, quicker one through, and that turns down the slope to prise out the fifth. That will also be tea. 117/5
Gloucestershire 1st Innings 
c Robson b Harris331211644027.27
run out (Walallawita)1018222055.55
c †Simpson b Andersson1349691026.53
c Harris b Andersson751432029152.44
lbw b Murtagh214150014.28
b Harris51791008064.55
lbw b Murtagh49435461113.95
c Robson b Andersson1117192064.70
c †Simpson b Bamber724321029.16
c Handscomb b Bamber1012202083.33
not out 36100050.00
Extras(b 2, lb 3, nb 4)9
TOTAL87.2 Ov (RR: 3.12)273
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Chris Dent, 4.5 ov), 2-43 (Matt Taylor, 22.3 ov), 3-89 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 41.1 ov), 4-100 (Tom Lace, 44.2 ov), 5-191 (Ian Cockbain, 69.3 ov), 6-205 (James Bracey, 72.2 ov), 7-235 (George Hankins, 78.1 ov), 8-260 (Ryan Higgins, 82.6 ov), 9-264 (Tom Smith, 85.2 ov), 10-273 (David Payne, 87.2 ov)
44.2 to TC Lace, nailed on the pad, and Gloucestershire lose their fourth! Lace is only half forward to a full-length delivery from Murtagh, running it back into the planted front foot. Simple pickings, and just a sign from Middlesex that their 210 could yet be competitive. 100/4
82.6 to RF Higgins, back of a length, and Higgins walks for the lbw! Kept a touch low, good response from the old stager, Higgins was trapped in the crease and thumped on the knee-roll. A useful cameo to keep Gloucestershire in charge. 260/8
85.2 to TMJ Smith, very full, shaping in late, Smith is forced into the drive to defend his off stump, and snicks to the keeper. Good effort. 264/9
87.2 to DA Payne, pumped through the line, and deposited into the hands of mid-off. That's the end of that. 273/10
41.1 to KC Brathwaite, outstanding grab at second slip! Outside off, Brathwaite flashes hard and gets a thick edge, Sam Robson flings himself to his right, to grab in both hands and give Middlesex a much-needed lift. 89/3
69.3 to IA Cockbain, nips through the gate, and out comes the leg stump! Fifty and out for Cockbain, but it's been the innings Gloucestershire needed from a dicey 100 for 4. A good delivery from Harris, full length and late movement, to confound a well-set batsman. That is also Harris's 500th first-class wicket. 191/5
22.3 to MD Taylor, dangled in the channel outside off, a thin snick and a good take from Simpson, tumbling to his right with the gloves. The nightwatchman falls, but he's done a sterling job. 43/2
72.2 to JR Bracey, what a limp way to go! Banged in short, a flapped pull, two men back for that stroke, and it's expertly pocketed by Harris, ten yards in from the backward square boundary. That's a huge boon for Middlesex after a guileless middle session. 205/6
78.1 to GT Hankins, in the channel outside off, a hard-handed poke, and a simple deflection into the cordon. Sam Robson at second slip swallows the chance, a bit of shape on a good length and Middlesex keep themselves in the contest. 235/7
Middlesex 2nd Innings 
c & b Payne716250043.75
lbw b Higgins810122080.00
lbw b Payne521001596052.00
c †Bracey b Taylor431361012.90
c †Bracey b Higgins02635000.00
b Payne1550020.00
c & b Payne40761004052.63
c Brathwaite b Payne1521372071.42
lbw b Payne034000.00
not out 1192211122.22
c †Bracey b Worrall610150060.00
Extras(b 5, lb 3)8
TOTAL51.1 Ov (RR: 2.97)152
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Sam Robson, 3.3 ov), 2-16 (Max Holden, 6.1 ov), 3-23 (Peter Handscomb, 15.3 ov), 4-45 (Ethan Bamber, 23.3 ov), 5-46 (Robbie White, 24.2 ov), 6-109 (Nick Gubbins, 40.5 ov), 7-134 (John Simpson, 46.2 ov), 8-134 (James Harris, 46.5 ov), 9-135 (Martin Andersson, 48.2 ov), 10-152 (Tim Murtagh, 51.1 ov)
6.1 to MDE Holden, fenced in the air, straight back down the pitch, and Payne leaps to his left to cling on to a looping leading edge! Middlesex's openers are gone, and Gloucestershire tighten their grip!. 16/2
24.2 to RG White, catastrophic misjudgement from White! A beautiful curling line from Payne, bending back in late as White was caught in two minds. Should I play or should I leave? In the end, it's a floppy neither/nor, as the ball splatters off and middle to leave Middlesex in a world of pain!. 46/5
40.5 to NRT Gubbins, nailed on the pad, angling in from over the wicket, and up goes the finger! It was hitting the stumps, but was it outside the line? DRS might have had a word about that... but he's got to go. A huge strike for Gloucestershire!. 109/6
46.2 to JA Simpson, Payne's in the game again, and is that the game? Full length once more, subtle late movement to confound Simpson's firm drive, and a smart two-handed take in his follow-through to grab his fourth of the innings and his ninth of the match!. 134/7
46.5 to JAR Harris, smashes the pad with a full-length inswinger, and Payne has ten! Harris's feet had nowhere to go, and nor it seems do Middlesex... they are sinking fast now. 134/8
48.2 to MK Andersson, brilliant take from Brathwaite! A hack off a good length from Andersson, a fat edge to the solitary slip, that was travelling fast, but he reacted sharply, hands high to his right, and he clings on with a juggle!. 135/9
3.3 to SD Robson, shaping in, rapped on the pad, full and threatening, and that's stone-dead! Robson's freebies are as much as Higgins is willing to give him. 12/1
23.3 to ER Bamber, fuller length, Bamber is lured into the drive, and there's a snick for the first wicket of the day. 45/4
51.1 to TJ Murtagh, another wipe across the line, an edge to the keeper, Middlesex's sorry innings is over. Gloucestershire need 90 to win. 152/10
15.3 to PSP Handscomb, stunning take from Bracey! Diving across to his right, to scoop up a thin snick that might have been dying on first slip. Handscomb looks to the skies as his abject start to the season continues. In the channel from round the wicket, such tight lines with a hint of inswing, finds the edge!. 23/3
Gloucestershire 2nd Innings (T: 90 runs)
lbw b Harris21611051034.42
b Bamber2547534053.19
c Murtagh b Bamber13131820100.00
not out 3135386088.57
not out 11400100.00
Extras(lb 2)2
TOTAL26.2 Ov (RR: 3.53)93/3
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Chris Dent, 13.1 ov), 2-50 (James Bracey, 17.2 ov), 3-87 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 25.3 ov)
13.1 to CDJ Dent, the off stump goes cartwheeling and Middlesex have their incision! Beautiful line and length from over the wicket, pushed across the left-hander. Dent is firmly forward but was beaten all ends up. 34/1
17.2 to JR Bracey, chipped to mid-on! That's a very poor stroke and it's given Middlesex another glimmer. Bracey was aiming for something expansive, high over the bowler's head, but that plops very simply into Murtagh's cupped hands, and Bamber has his second. 50/2
25.3 to KC Brathwaite, huge appeal and Harris strikes! A zippy inswinger thuds the pads, it was quite high but he was deep in his crease. Brathwaite won't see it through, but his doughty knock has done the needful. 87/3
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Thu, 06 May - day 1 - Gloucs 1st innings 19/1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 5*, Matt Taylor 2*, 7 ov)
Fri, 07 May - day 2 - Middlesex 2nd innings 26/3 (Nick Gubbins 7*, Ethan Bamber 0*, 19 ov)
Sat, 08 May - day 3 - Gloucs 2nd innings 93/3 (26.2 ov) - end of match
  • Batting and Bowling points: Gloucestershire 5, Middlesex 4
  • Gloucestershire 2nd innings: 1x5 ball over (over no 21)
Lord's, London
TossGloucestershire, elected to field first
Match days6,7,8 May 2021 - day (4-day match)
Match Referee
PointsGloucestershire 21, Middlesex 4
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