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Group 2, Lord's, April 08 - 11, 2021, County Championship
313 & 143
(T:285) 172 & 285/6

Somerset won by 4 wickets

Middlesex 1st Innings
Somerset 1st Innings
Middlesex 2nd Innings
Somerset 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Middlesex 1st Innings 
c Abell b Gregory16526333325062.73
c Banton b Overton431410133.33
lbw b Davey2127434077.77
lbw b Gregory22911182024.17
c Gregory b Leach1760742028.33
c †Davies b Davey816272050.00
c †Davies b Gregory1137531029.72
lbw b Overton2660914043.33
c Hildreth b Gregory921211042.85
b Gregory940561022.50
not out 43610133.33
Extras(b 1, lb 6, nb 10)17
TOTAL102.4 Ov (RR: 3.04)313
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Max Holden, 2.2 ov), 2-62 (Nick Gubbins, 11.6 ov), 3-142 (Stephen Eskinazi, 41.2 ov), 4-197 (Robbie White, 60.6 ov), 5-218 (Martin Andersson, 67.6 ov), 6-254 (John Simpson, 81.3 ov), 7-263 (Sam Robson, 83.2 ov), 8-281 (Tom Helm, 87.6 ov), 9-309 (Ethan Bamber, 101.3 ov), 10-313 (Toby Roland-Jones, 102.4 ov)
2.2 to MDE Holden, inside edge onto pad, skews up for a straightforward catch at square leg. Huge roar of celebration from Overton. 17/1
102.4 to TS Roland-Jones, struck on the pad, and the finger goes up straight away. 313 all out for Middlesex, meaning three bonus points for each team in the first innings. 313/10
11.6 to NRT Gubbins, struck on the pad, massive shout... given! Finger goes up and Gubbins trudges off. Confident early shout from Davey and from behind the stumps, and not much hesitation from the umpire. Big breakthrough for Somerset following a useful stand. 62/2
67.6 to MK Andersson, convincing appeal, and given! Andersson stands there in disbelief and shakes his head as he trudges off. Full ball on a fifth-stump line, which drew a nibble from Andersson outside his off stump. He's convinced he didn't lay a bat on it, but the umpire has other ideas. 218/5
41.2 to SS Eskinazi, full, straight, hit on the pad, gone! Gregory breaks the stand. A hooping inswinger, which squares Eskinazi up as he shapes to defend. Strikes him right in front, on the back pad, and Eskinazi has to trudge off after a scratchy innings. Gregory stretches his two arms out, celebrating in the mould of Shahid Afridi.. 142/3
81.3 to JA Simpson, nicked off! Length ball from round the wicket, hint of shape away, draws the outside edge and Davies takes a routine catch. Gregory strikes with the new ball. 254/6
83.2 to SD Robson, gone! Somerset put Robson down in the slips twice in the morning session, but Abell makes no mistake this time. Gregory strikes again with the second new ball. Robson shaped to cut but was cramped for room, and played with half a bat, only managing to steer it to Abell at third slip. 263/7
87.6 to TG Helm, . 281/8
101.3 to ER Bamber, bowled him! Nips back from a length, through the gap between bat and pad, and crashes into the top of off stump. Five for Gregory, and Middlesex are nine down. 309/9
60.6 to RG White, fullish, White prods flaccidly forwards, and there's no real turn from the straight. Leach draws the outside edge, Gregory snaffles the chance at slip, and White trudges off. 197/4
Somerset 1st Innings 
b Bamber618341033.33
c †Simpson b Murtagh518181027.77
c Robson b Murtagh49121044.44
lbw b Bamber2036553055.55
c †Simpson b Bamber01818000.00
lbw b Roland-Jones2342775054.76
b Roland-Jones1415203093.33
c Robson b Murtagh1014192071.42
b Murtagh48121050.00
b Andersson51508751102.00
not out 2867795041.79
Extras(lb 3, nb 4)7
TOTAL48.5 Ov (RR: 3.52)172
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Tom Lammonby, 4.2 ov), 2-15 (Tom Abell, 6.5 ov), 3-15 (Tom Banton, 7.4 ov), 4-17 (George Bartlett, 11.5 ov), 5-40 (James Hildreth, 19.2 ov), 6-72 (Craig Overton, 23.4 ov), 7-83 (Lewis Gregory, 28.1 ov), 8-87 (Steven Davies, 29.1 ov), 9-89 (Josh Davey, 30.3 ov), 10-172 (Marchant de Lange, 48.5 ov)
4.2 to TA Lammonby, nibbly inswinger from over the wicket, pushed across the left-hander and nipping back in. Squeezes through the gap between bat and pad, Middlesex appeal, and the finger goes up! Lammonby looks frustrated with the decision, but has to trudge off. 7/1
6.5 to TB Abell, poked to second slip! Fullish in the off-stump channel, Abell pressed forward, and got a thick outside edge, low on the bat. Robson snaffles the chance and Middlesex have two early breakthroughs. 15/2
28.1 to L Gregory, nicked off! On a length, in the nagging line just outside off stump, and Gregory can't resist a poke at it. Steered into Robson's hands at second slip, and he makes no mistake this time. 83/7
30.3 to JH Davey, through him! Slightly full of a length, hits the top of off stump through Davey's defence, and Murtagh has four!. 89/9
7.4 to T Banton, jags in from a length with the keeper up to the stumps, Banton's feet are rooted to the crease, and Bamber knocks back his off stump! Middlesex are flying.. 15/3
11.5 to GA Bartlett, full in the channel outside off, and Bartlett's loose push flies into the hands of the keeper! Somerset are in disarray, and Middlesex are flying. Four wickets inside the first 12 overs. 17/4
19.2 to JC Hildreth, Hildreth is struck on the pad playing across the line, and the finger goes up! Bamber has three, and Middlesex strike two balls after lunch. Hildreth looked to whip a straight one through midwicket and was trapped in front. Somerset in all sorts. 40/5
23.4 to C Overton, nibbles in from a length, down the slope, and cleans Overton up! Somerset in real danger of being asked to follow-on here. 164 is their target to avoid that ignominy. 72/6
29.1 to SM Davies, big shout for lbw, and given! Interesting one... looked to have pitched in line, but was that doing enough to come back at hit the off stump? The umpire reckons so, and that'll be that for Davies. Somerset staring the follow-on in the face!. 87/8
48.5 to M de Lange, cleaned up! Backing away looking to thrash through the off side, and has his stumps pegged back. 172/10
Middlesex 2nd Innings 
c †Davies b Overton11070010.00
c †Davies b Overton1318292072.22
c Gregory b Overton37771203148.05
c Overton b Davey531261599042.06
c Gregory b Leach212300016.66
lbw b Leach1236481033.33
lbw b Davey13100033.33
lbw b Davey034000.00
c †Davies b Gregory59141055.55
lbw b Leach110200010.00
not out 66810100.00
Extras(b 8, lb 4)12
TOTAL51.4 Ov (RR: 2.76)143
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Max Holden, 1.4 ov), 2-14 (Sam Robson, 7.1 ov), 3-88 (Nick Gubbins, 30.4 ov), 4-113 (Robbie White, 37.1 ov), 5-127 (Stephen Eskinazi, 44.5 ov), 6-131 (John Simpson, 46.3 ov), 7-131 (Toby Roland-Jones, 46.6 ov), 8-131 (Martin Andersson, 47.3 ov), 9-137 (Tom Helm, 50.2 ov), 10-143 (Ethan Bamber, 51.4 ov)
50.2 to TG Helm, edged and gone! Length ball, wide-ish outside off, Helm looks to play another back-foot punch away from his body but only manages a thick edge through to Davies. Middlesex's slide continues as the Lambeth Lara walks in at No. 11. 137/9
1.4 to MDE Holden, pitched up, Holden presses forward, and nicks off to Davies! Middlesex lose an early one. 1/1
7.1 to SD Robson, strangled! Overton strays onto the pads, where Robson was so strong yesterday, but he gets a faint inside edge this time and Davies dives to his left to snaffle the chance. Middlesex lose their second and this game is rocketing along. 14/2
30.4 to NRT Gubbins, Gubbins flashes hard outside his off stump and can only divert it into the slips! Gregory holds onto a sharp chance. Shame for Gubbins, who had looked so fluent last night but didn't add a run to his overnight score. Overton has three, and Somerset are still fighting. 88/3
44.5 to SS Eskinazi, a fraction back of a length, in the channel outside the off stump, and Eskinazi shapes to run it down to third man. He gets a decent bit of bat on it, but Overton dives low to his right to take a blinder at second slip! Eskinazi's useful innings cut short. 127/5
46.3 to JA Simpson, length ball, nipping in with the angle from round the wicket. Simpson is struck on the pad, relatively high, but is adjudged lbw. Tight as to whether that was hitting the top of middle stump or going over, but Simpson has to go. 131/6
46.6 to TS Roland-Jones, a fraction full of a length on fourth stump, nibbling back down the slope, and TRJ is struck on the shin. The finger goes up without hesitation and out of nowhere, Josh Davey has three-for!. 131/7
37.1 to RG White, full and straight to start, with just enough turn to induce a limp prod forward from White, which only succeeds in diverting the ball into the grateful hands of Gregory at slip. Leach strikes immediately. 113/4
47.3 to MK Andersson, struck on the pad deep in the crease, and the finger goes up again! Middlesex have lost 4 for 4 and this game is rocketing along. Went straight on with the angle from round the wicket, as Andersson looked to work to leg, and that looked pretty adjacent. 131/8
51.4 to ER Bamber, full, straight, whacked on the pad looking to slog-sweep, and that will be that!. 143/10
Somerset 2nd Innings (T: 285 runs)
lbw b Roland-Jones3753736069.81
c Eskinazi b Bamber016000.00
c †Simpson b Bamber8414518512057.93
lbw b Roland-Jones1116231068.75
not out 7615022510050.66
lbw b Bamber0819000.00
c †Simpson b Murtagh521331023.80
not out 62727910086.11
Extras(lb 6, nb 4)10
TOTAL77.2 Ov (RR: 3.68)285/6
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Tom Lammonby, 1.1 ov), 2-79 (Tom Banton, 17.6 ov), 3-101 (James Hildreth, 23.3 ov), 4-163 (Tom Abell, 46.4 ov), 5-175 (Steven Davies, 50.5 ov), 6-187 (Craig Overton, 58.2 ov)
58.2 to C Overton, huge moment on the stroke on lunch! Outswinger in the channel from Murtagh, and Overton prods forward to defend. Middlesex are convinced, and up goes the finger - much to Overton's chagrin. 187/6
1.1 to TA Lammonby, pushed across the left-hander and gone! Nibbles away from a length, and edged straight to first slip! Bamber makes the immediate breakthrough with his first ball and Middlesex are celebrating. 0/1
46.4 to TB Abell, edged and gone! Huge moment. Simpson was stood up to the stumps, and takes a blinder. This was angled in, and nibbled away just enough off the seam as Abell looked to steer it away behind square. A thin edge, and Simpson snaffles the chance. 163/4
50.5 to SM Davies, struck on the back thigh from round the wicket, and up goes the finger! Tight one and Davies doesn't look too happy, but might well have hit the top of off stump. 175/5
17.6 to T Banton, full and straight, and Banton is playing across the line looking to whip to leg. TRJ belts out a confident appeal and up goes Chris Watts' finger! Might have been a tight one on the leg stump, but Banton had shuffled a fair way across. 79/2
23.3 to JC Hildreth, another big shout, and finally umpire Watts relents! This actually looked less out than several that had been turned down previously. Fullish, but looked to be sliding down the leg side as it hit him on the pad. 101/3
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Thu, 08 Apr - day 1 - Middlesex 1st innings 293/8 (Toby Roland-Jones 19*, Ethan Bamber 2*, 96 ov)
Fri, 09 Apr - day 2 - Middlesex 2nd innings 87/2 (Nick Gubbins 37*, Stephen Eskinazi 28*, 28 ov)
Sat, 10 Apr - day 3 - Somerset 2nd innings 112/3 (Tom Abell 62*, George Bartlett 2*, 29.3 ov)
Sun, 11 Apr - day 4 - Somerset 2nd innings 285/6 (77.2 ov) - end of match
  • Somerset started this group stage with minus 8 points.
  • Somerset have been deducted 8 points for preparing a "poor" pitch for the 2019 County Championship decider with Essex.
  • Batting and Bowling points: Somerset 5, Middlesex 7
Lord's, London
TossSomerset, elected to field first
Match days8,9,10,11 April 2021 - day (4-day match)
Match Referee
PointsSomerset 11, Middlesex 6
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