Friday 25 April 2014 

Warwickshire 2nd XI v Middlesex 2nd XI, Friendly


Day 3

Warwickshire declared on their overnight total, trailing on first innings by 179 runs and in their second innings, Middlesex lost Denly second ball without scoring to a return catch to Richard Jones.

Jones took the first four wickets to fall, bowling Rossington 46, trapping Balbirnie lbw for 19 and finally dismissing Eskunazi four, to a catch by Hill.

Jonathan Webb picked up the other wicket to fall, when Paul Stirling was caught by Ian Westwood for ten before Middlesex declared in the twenty second over on 105-5 setting Warwickshire a target of 261 for victory from a possible 69 overs.

Losing Freddie Coleman nine and Sam Hain 11 by the 19th over, a partnership of 39 between Ian Westwood 50 and Jonathan Webb looked to be getting Warwickshire on track but after Westwood’s dismissal, Paul Best 10 and Richard Jones 14 fell to Sandhu and once Webb 55 was out with 81 still required for victory, Hill 19* and Poisdon 13* held on for the draw, with just one wicket in hand.

Day 2

Rain reduced the second day’s play with Warwickshire losing Freddie Coleman 34 bowled by Arif and then Sam Hain was lbw to Sandhu for just two.

A partnership of forty six between Tom Lewis and Jonathan Webb ended when Patel had Lewis 46 caught by Denly off Patel before Webb 41* and Paul Best 15* were still together for the fifth wicket at the close of a shortened day with Warwickshire 155-4 from 59.5 overs.

Day 1

After winning the toss at Moseley C.C. Middlesex posted an opening partnership of 104 before Brinder Thagura made the initial breakthrough, trapping Rossington lbw for 54.

At lunch Middlesex were 141-1 and after the break, the Warwickshire attack found the Middlesex batsmen again in resilient form, with Joe Denly making 102 from 143 deliveries before being caught in the covers by Paul Best off Richard Jones.

After tea, Steve Eskinazi 64* maintained the high scoring rate before the visitors declared on 334-7 from 89.5 overs.

For Warwickshire, Thagura 2-49, Jonathan Webb 2-17 and Richard Jones 2-71 were the most successful bowlers.

In the time left before the close, Warwickshire reached 36-1 before stumps, after losing Ian Westwood for four, Freddie Coleman 19* and Tom Lewis 9* batted through without further loss.


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