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23rd Match, Lord's, May 19 - 22, 2022, County Championship Division Two
350 & 188
(T:117) 422 & 119/4

Middlesex won by 6 wickets


Toby Roland-Jones sets up Middlesex's final-day victory push

Stokes takes four wickets but Robson, Holden, Andersson fifties leave Durham on back foot

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Toby Roland-Jones has started the season brightly, Middlesex vs Durham, LV= Insurance Championship, Division Two, Lord's, May 20, 2022

Toby Roland-Jones has started the season brightly  •  Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Durham 350 and 25 for 3 (Roland-Jones 3-7) trail Middlesex 422 (Robson 84, Holden 71, Andersson 62, Stokes 4-72, Rushworth 3-60) by 47 runs
Toby Roland-Jones tore through Durham's top order at Lord's to strengthen Middlesex's chances of pressing for victory on the final day. Roland-Jones dismissed the visitors' first three batters in quick succession to leave them reeling at 18 for 3 in their second innings after Middlesex had secured a handy lead of 72.
That advantage was secured by Sam Robson - who came close to registering a third consecutive LV= Insurance County Championship hundred with 84 - and Max Holden, whose 71 was his third half-century of the campaign.
Martin Andersson built on those solid foundations by hitting a belligerent 62, while Ben Stokes finished with 4 for 72, but the England Test captain's qualities with the bat may also be required if Durham, who closed 47 behind, are to save the game.
Stokes delivered a fiery initial spell from the Nursery End after Middlesex began the day at 88 for 2, sending down a bouncer that dealt Robson a glancing blow on the chest.
Robson recovered to reach his 50, driving Stokes through gully for four, but he lost overnight partner Josh de Caires soon afterwards, caught behind swishing at a Stokes delivery that seamed and left him.
Middlesex skipper Peter Handscomb also departed during the morning session, bowled around his legs for 14 to provide some reward for a tidy stint by Ben Raine.
However, Holden eased himself into the groove, looking productive on both sides of the wicket and nudging Matt Salisbury twice to the third man boundary as he and Robson put together a partnership of 63.
Although Raine returned to have Robson caught behind, Holden progressed to his half-century, surviving a close call when he pulled Stokes and Brydon Carse, fielding on the square leg boundary, could only assist the ball over the rope.
The left-hander's good fortune ran out when Chris Rushworth (3 for 60) took the new ball, persuading him to nibble at a rising delivery outside off stump and hand Ned Eckersley his third catch of the day.
John Simpson's dismissal immediately after tea, neatly caught on the fence by Raine for 41, slowed Middlesex's scoring rate, yet Andersson raised it again by clattering Carse for a flurry of boundaries to overtake Durham's total of 350.
Andersson drove Salisbury for successive fours, lifting his partnership with Hollman to exactly 100 and equalling Middlesex's record eighth-wicket stand against Durham, but the seamer took instant revenge, bowling him through the gate.
Stokes removed Hollman and Tim Murtagh to wrap up the innings for 422, before Roland-Jones cemented Middlesex's advantage by having both openers - Alex Lees and Michael Jones - caught behind in his first over.
Keegan Petersen was the third batter to depart, lbw to Roland-Jones for five, but Scott Borthwick and nightwatchman Salisbury battled through to stumps.