Warwickshire v Middlesex, LV= County Championship
Warwickshire completed a comprehensive innings and 47 run victory over Middlesex inside three days after dismissing Middlesex for 248 in their second innings.
An early wicket for Keith Barker removing night-watchman James Harris without scoring, boosted Warwickshire’s hopes on the third morning. However, a solid partnership between Sam Robson and Chris Rogers denied them any quick follow-up as the second wicket pair were still together at lunch and extended it to 149, with both completing half-centuries, before Patel trapped Rogers 82 lbw attempting to sweep.
Having been given a life only three overs earlier when dropped at slip, Robson was next to go, again to an lbw, this time to Richard Jones for 68 as Middlesex lost both openers within the space of two runs, while still trailing by 138 runs.
Rain brought the players off the field for an early tea with Middlesex 184-3 and following a delay of 70 minutes, play resumed and almost immediately Neil Dexter was caught behind by Ambrose off Patel for eight after Malan had been put down at slip.
Middlesex passed 200 but Denly became the fourth lbw victim of the innings soon afterwards when Jones trapped him at the crease for eight.
Jones struck again soon afterwards when John Simpson 1, drove loosely to Freddie Coleman, substituting for the injured Oliver Hannon-Dalby, at extra-cover, where he took a low diving catch.
Warwickshire took the new ball and Chris Wright picked up the wicket of Malan and Rayner in the same over when Malan mistimed an attempted pull to Barker running round from mid-on and Rossington then edged to Tim Ambrose for one.
Warwickshire claimed the extra 10 overs at the end of the scheduled day’s play and Jeetan Patel returned to the attack to dismiss Rayner and Finn with the first two deliveries in his first over of the new spell to bring Warwickshire victory by an innings and 47 runs
Warwickshire added just a single to their overnight total before losing Javid for 28 to another slip catch by Rayner off Steve Finn.
Keith Barker 9 quickly followed when Finn took a low diving return catch to remove the Bears’ left-hander with Warwickshire still trailing by 27 runs.
Jeetan Patel joined Ambrose and they were still together at lunch with Ambrose having completed his half century and with a lead of 53.
In the afternoon session, Ambrose and Patel took their seventh wicket partnership on to 175 with Jeetan Patel completing the second century of his career with a six into the Hollies Stand before top edging Denly to Simpson next ball for 105.
Richard Jones joined Ambrose who then completed his century and the eighth wicket pair were still together at tea with Warwickshire 346-7 and Ambrose unbeaten on 106.
Jones was lbw to Harris for fifteen straight after tea but a partnership of 113 between Chris Wright 52 and Ambrose took the Bears’ lead to almost three hundred before Wright was stumped by Simpson off Malan after sharing in the highest ever ninth wicket partnership for either of these sides in their 103 years of meetings.
Malan dismissed Ambrose 167, holding on to a return catch as the innings closed on 462 with a lead of 295 on first innings, the highest total Warwickshire have ever made against Middlesex at Edgbaston.
Middlesex faced just one maiden over before stumps.
A dramatic opening session saw Middlesex, who won the toss and chose to bat, lose eight wickets in an hour for the addition of just 36 runs after the opening pair of Rogers and Robson appeared to be in command at the beginning of the day.
Robson was the first wicket to fall in the eighth over of the morning when he chased a wide delivery from Chris Wright and Laurie Evans at third slip took a superb catch high to his right-hand side.
This was the beginning of an avalanche of wickets, as Malan 0 was dismissed in similar fashion off Barker with Evans taking a second catch, before Wright comprehensively yorked Dexter for six.
Wright then Had Chris Rogers 34 well caught at slip by Varun Chopra, while Richard Jones on his Warwickshire debut, removed John Simpson in his first over for his new county.
At the pavilion end, Oliver Hannon-Dalby took the wickets of Adam Rossington 4, to another Chopra slip catch and then trapped Joe Denly lbw for three.
Richard Jones took an eighth wicket when James Harris edged a ball to Jeetan Patel at slip, leaving Middlesex 66-8 in only the twenty second over.
Toby Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner took Middlesex to lunch without further loss, but immediately after the resumption, Chris Wright struck again , when Roland-Jones 25 gave Chopra a third catch of the innings.
A last wicket partnership of sixty one between Rayner 31 and Finn 37* came to an end when Rayner edged an attempted drive to Chopra at slip to bring the Middlesex innings to a close on 167 from 45.3 overs. Chris Wright closed with 4-56.
In reply Toby Roland-Jones’ two early strikes saw him bowl both Varun Chopra 12 and Laurie Evans 4 in his opening spell, before a partnership either side of tea, of 38 between Ian Westwood 19 and Sam Hain, on first-class debut, was ended by another top-class slip catch from Rayner in Dexter’s first over to dismiss Westwood.
Ateeq Javid and Hain took the total on past 100 and had added 39 for the fourth wicket before Hain chopped a delivery from Roland-Jones back into his stumps for a solid 42 on debut with just six overs remaining in the day.
Tim Ambrose and Javid safely negotiated the final overs to close the day on 123-4 trailing by 44 runs.