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Essex vs Middlesex, at London, Apr 06 2023, County Championship Division One

Lord's, April 06 - 09, 2023, County Championship Division One
266 & 211
(T:308) 170 & 210

Essex won by 97 runs

Essex 1st Innings
Middlesex 1st Innings
Essex 2nd Innings
Middlesex 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Essex 1st Innings 
c Robson b Murtagh2223364095.65
c †Simpson b Roland-Jones1626351061.53
c Holden b Roland-Jones481291936037.20
lbw b Helm10520425611251.47
c †Simpson b Roland-Jones551041679052.88
c Hollman b Roland-Jones836471022.22
lbw b Roland-Jones19160011.11
b Roland-Jones012000.00
lbw b Roland-Jones818211044.44
c Eskinazi b Helm036000.00
not out 0610000.00
Extras(lb 3)3
TOTAL93.1 Ov (RR: 2.85)266
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Alastair Cook, 7.6 ov), 2-38 (Nick Browne, 8.1 ov), 3-159 (Tom Westley, 54.3 ov), 4-199 (Dan Lawrence, 69.4 ov), 5-213 (Adam Rossington, 81.4 ov), 6-229 (Simon Harmer, 85.1 ov), 7-229 (Shane Snater, 85.2 ov), 8-255 (Ben Allison, 89.6 ov), 9-260 (Sam Cook, 90.6 ov), 10-266 (Matt Critchley, 93.1 ov)
8.1 to NLJ Browne, TWO IN TWO! A misjudgement from Browne, as he rocks onto the back foot and tries to punch a delivery from Murtagh through extra cover. The nip away off the pitch does the left-hander for a healthy edge, well held by Sam Robson at second slip. 38/2
7.6 to AN Cook, STRANGLED! Cook goes tamely with a tickle down the leg side, just as he had started to get going. This was not the first delivery Roland-Jones past the former England captain's hip, but the thinnest of flicks is taken well by Simpson diving to his right. 38/1
54.3 to T Westley, GONE! Westley pushes forward into a drive but Roland-Jones has got some late shape away from the right-hander to take enough of the outside half of the bat. The ball skews quickly towards backward point, where Max Holden takes a smart catch low to his right. A strong third-wicket partnership is ended on 121. 159/3
81.4 to AM Rossington, THE PRESSURE TELLS! Middlesex's attack have really put the brakes on Essex since Lawrence's dismissal. Rossington's attempts to score end with him finding Hollman out at deep square leg on the short side. Between this and the previous wicket, the visitors have managed just 14 runs in 12 overs. 213/5
85.1 to SR Harmer, OUT! Harmer steps across his stumps and is pinned on the pads. He's not happy with the decision, but he had moved right in front of middle and off, with leg stump visible at the point of impact. 229/6
85.2 to S Snater, TRJ'S ON A HAT-TRICK! Snater is walking straight back towards the Pavilion. Bit of nip into the batter from Roland-Jones is helped onto the stumps by Snater's inside edge. Unnecessarily expansive, perhaps but it's a deserved five wicket haul for the Middlesex captain. 229/7
89.6 to BMJ Allison, SIX FOR TRJ! Bit of nip into Allison traps him in front as the right-hander pushes forward with what looked like a solid forward defence. 255/8
93.1 to MJJ Critchley, SEVEN! Critchley gets lured into a swipe to the short-boundary, top-edging into the bright blue sky behind him. Simpson steadies himself and has to fall back to complete a good catch. Roland-Jones finishes with 7 for 61, his second best career-figures . 266/10
69.4 to DW Lawrence, Gone! Lawrence targets the short side, stepping across to Helm - who is wider on the crease - and attempts his patented whip up-and-over square leg. Alas, the centurion finds nothing but thin air as the ball thuds into his pad in front of middle stump, arrowing towards leg. 199/4
90.6 to SJ Cook, SHARP Helm pushes one through at good pace that Cook can only edge, taken well by Eskinazi at first slip. 260/9
Middlesex 1st Innings 
lbw b Porter011000.00
c AN Cook b SJ Cook01021000.00
b Porter023000.00
c †Rossington b Porter0811000.00
c Harmer b Porter622370027.27
c Westley b Porter631832334034.42
b Harmer701271717055.11
lbw b Harmer4591080.00
c AN Cook b Porter18120012.50
not out 817140047.05
lbw b Harmer015000.00
Extras(b 9, lb 3, nb 6)18
TOTAL63.3 Ov (RR: 2.67)170
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Sam Robson, 0.1 ov), 2-2 (Pieter Malan, 0.2 ov), 3-2 (Stephen Eskinazi, 2.4 ov), 4-4 (Mark Stoneman, 3.3 ov), 5-20 (Max Holden, 10.3 ov), 6-147 (Ryan Higgins, 55.6 ov), 7-157 (Luke Hollman, 57.3 ov), 8-162 (Toby Roland-Jones, 60.1 ov), 9-169 (John Simpson, 62.6 ov), 10-170 (Tim Murtagh, 63.3 ov)
0.1 to SD Robson, WHAT A START! Porter is immediately on the money: straight, little bit of nip through the air and off the pitch comes in to Sam Robson, doing him for pace. The umpire does the rest!. 0/1
0.2 to PJ Malan, AND ANOTHER! This one's gone the other way, skidding through the gate of Pieter Malan!. 2/2
2.4 to SS Eskinazi, SCENES! Eskinanzi tucks this around the corner where Rossington scoots across to take the catch. 2/3
10.3 to MDE Holden, Four for Porter! Holden offers an angled bat outside off stump to Porter from around the wicket, and Harmer takes a good low catch at a wide second slip. 20/5
60.1 to TS Roland-Jones, FIVE FOR PORTER! And it's a first five-wicket haul for the seamer since 2020! Roland-Jones hangs his bat outside off stump after following a delivery that seamed away. 162/8
62.6 to JA Simpson, SIX! For Porter, that is. Simpson understandably tries to dial the aggression up to 11 with the tail, but totally mistimes a pull, looping it straight to Tom Westley at mid on. 169/9
3.3 to MD Stoneman, WHAT IS GOING ON?! Wild, wild scenes here at HQ, where Sam Cook, having beaten Stoneman ball after ball, comes around the wicket and finally gets an edge through to Alastair Cook at first slip. Middlesex are four down and still have not scored a run off the bat!. 4/4
55.6 to RF Higgins, What a delivery! Some dismissal that - pitching on a fourth stump and spinning through the gate to clip off stump. It needed to be something special to break this stand, which ends on 127. 147/6
57.3 to LBK Hollman, Arm ball! Harmer's around the wicket to Hollman and gets one to skid in sharply to trap the left-hander on the crease in front of middle-and-leg. 157/7
63.3 to TJ Murtagh, That's all she wrote! Harmer finishes the innings with a belt-and-braces off-spinner dismissal to a left-hander from around the wicket. After the early carnage, it has been a diligent effort from Essex's bowlers during a long final session. A first innings lead of 96 has been established. 170/10
Essex 2nd Innings 
c Stoneman b Murtagh2441573158.53
c & b Higgins2857733049.12
c †Simpson b Murtagh716261043.75
c †Simpson b Higgins3756776066.07
lbw b Murtagh53801288066.25
c Eskinazi b Hollman023000.00
lbw b Murtagh2657784045.61
b Helm1929414065.51
not out 934360026.47
c Higgins b Hollman23100066.66
lbw b Helm055000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 2)6
TOTAL63.2 Ov (RR: 3.33)211
Fall of wickets: 1-52 (Nick Browne, 14.2 ov), 2-60 (Alastair Cook, 17.6 ov), 3-68 (Tom Westley, 20.1 ov), 4-122 (Dan Lawrence, 35.6 ov), 5-123 (Adam Rossington, 36.3 ov), 6-171 (Matt Critchley, 49.3 ov), 7-184 (Simon Harmer, 53.5 ov), 8-203 (Shane Snater, 59.5 ov), 9-210 (Sam Cook, 62.2 ov), 10-211 (Jamie Porter, 63.2 ov)
17.6 to AN Cook, Brilliant! Cook leans into the drive but only makes contact with the inside half of his bat. There's still enough force behind the ball to send it straight back down the pitch, but Higgins sticks out his left-hand in his follow-through and takes a superb return catch!. 60/2
35.6 to DW Lawrence, Lawrence goes! The first innings centurion is on his way, thanks to a fine piece of bowling from Higgins, who gets a delivery to hold its line and take Lawrence's edge, who was anticipating it to come down the slope. 122/4
14.2 to NLJ Browne, Straight to cover! A tame dismissal for Browne, who had looked to have the better of Murtagh, as he offers some catching practice straight to the man on the drive. 52/1
20.1 to T Westley, Tickled! Westley's cursing his luck as he helps a delivery down the leg side and into the gloves of the keeper. 68/3
49.3 to MJJ Critchley, . 171/6
53.5 to SR Harmer, . 184/7
59.5 to S Snater, . 203/8
63.2 to JA Porter, Done and dusted! Helm gets his second, trapping Porter in front of all three. Middlesex require 308 for victory.... 211/10
36.3 to AM Rossington, Another! 2 in 4 balls for Middlesex as Rossington wafts one to Eskinazi at first slip. 123/5
62.2 to SJ Cook, Chipped to cover! Two balls after the tea break and Cook is walking back to the Pavilion, after nailing a half-volley straight to Ryan Higgins, who stoops to take the catch. 210/9
Middlesex 2nd Innings (T: 308 runs)
lbw b Porter034000.00
lbw b SJ Cook331600100.00
lbw b SJ Cook428320014.28
lbw b Porter371141734032.45
lbw b Harmer2537435067.56
c & b Critchley1971692026.76
c AN Cook b SJ Cook0712000.00
lbw b Snater411021492140.19
not out 631211468052.06
c AN Cook b Snater012000.00
b Porter611271054.54
Extras(b 8, lb 4)12
TOTAL83 Ov (RR: 2.53)210
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mark Stoneman, 0.3 ov), 2-4 (Sam Robson, 3.1 ov), 3-15 (Pieter Malan, 7.3 ov), 4-41 (Max Holden, 17.4 ov), 5-76 (John Simpson, 36.6 ov), 6-77 (Tom Helm, 39.4 ov), 7-93 (Stephen Eskinazi, 46.4 ov), 8-180 (Ryan Higgins, 76.5 ov), 9-180 (Toby Roland-Jones, 76.6 ov), 10-210 (Tim Murtagh, 82.6 ov)
0.3 to MD Stoneman, . 0/1
46.4 to SS Eskinazi, . 93/7
82.6 to TJ Murtagh, . 210/10
3.1 to SD Robson, . 4/2
7.3 to PJ Malan, . 15/3
39.4 to TG Helm, One down, four to go! Sam Cook needs just 4 deliveries to nip out the nightwatcher, as Helm is coaxed into edging straight to second slip. 77/6
76.5 to RF Higgins, . 180/8
76.6 to TS Roland-Jones, . 180/9
17.4 to MDE Holden, . 41/4
36.6 to JA Simpson, Oh no! John Simpson, what have you done?! A full toss is there to smack anywhere, but the keeper-batter inexplicably thumps it back to the bowler. Critchley is too embarrassed to celebrate.... 76/5
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Thu, 06 Apr - day 1 - Essex 1st innings 162/3 (Dan Lawrence 74*, Matt Critchley 0*, 56 ov)
Fri, 07 Apr - day 2 - Middlesex 1st innings 170
Sat, 08 Apr - day 3 - Middlesex 2nd innings 77/5 (Stephen Eskinazi 24*, Tom Helm 0*, 38 ov)
Sun, 09 Apr - day 4 - Middlesex 2nd innings 210 (83 ov) - end of match
Day 4
  • Middlesex 2nd innings
  • Batting and bowling points: Essex 4, Middlesex 3
Lord's, London
TossMiddlesex, elected to field first
Match days6,7,8,9 April 2023 - day (4-day match)
Match Referee
PointsEssex 20, Middlesex 3
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