Middlesex stun champions Yorkshire with innings victory

Published: Wednesday 6th July 2016 by The News Editor

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Middlesex climbed to the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division One table with a crushing innings-and-four-run victory over champions Yorkshire in Scarborough.

A torrent of runs from Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murphy in the morning enabled Middlesex to secure a daunting first innings lead of 171.

They then bowled out Yorkshire for 167 on the final day, needing only 69 overs to send the hosts crashing to a stunning first defeat of the season and a first innings loss in the Championship at North Marine Road.

Yorkshire have lost only three Championship matches since the start of the 2014 season – and Middlesex have been their destroyers on each occasion.

A magnificent effort in the field by Middlesex resulted in three wickets apiece for Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh and two each for Steven Finn and Ollie Rayner.

Haseeb Hameed’s second first-class century of the season saw Lancashire secure a comfortable draw against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The Red Rose’s talented 19-year-old opener enhanced his blossoming reputation with a 386-minute act of defiance as he reached a career-best score of 122 to help his side to safety.

When the captains agreed on a handshake with 11 overs remaining in the final hour, Lancs were on 304 for seven – a lead of 106.

The draw condemned Nottinghamshire to their ninth consecutive Championship match without a victory while Lancs’ reward for their spirited rearguard was a total of nine points, leaving them one behind Division One leaders Middlesex.

Rain resulted in a draw between Durham and Hampshire at Chester-le-Street.

After resuming 60 ahead on nine without loss, Hants opted for safety as Jimmy Adams took 171 balls to score 49.

They were 174 for four, leading by 225, when rain ended play and they remain rooted to the foot of division one.

Matt Quinn finally broke a monumental eighth-wicket stand of 222 between Sam Northeast and James Tredwell to set up Essex for a return to the top of the Division Two.

The Kent pair had come together seven overs before tea on the third day and were finally separated 80 overs and just over five hours later in mid-afternoon on the final day.

Once Tredwell had gone for a career-best 124, Essex had an extra spring in their step and they wrapped up the Kent second innings in four more overs before knocking off the nine runs required for victory in 10 balls to claim a maximum 24 points.

Their third win of the season took them back above Kent at the summit by 18 points.

Worcestershire recovered from 73 for four to chase down 366 in 75 overs and record a three-wicket victory against Leicestershire at New Road.

Leicestershire declared on 307 for three in their second innings on the final day, but the hosts crept over the line in the penultimate over.

Derbyshire’s match against Northamptonshire at Chesterfield was abandoned without a ball being bowled, the hosts’ first complete washout in the County Championship in 35 years.

Wednesday’s play was abandoned early on after umpires Neil Mallender and Ian Blackwell decided the bowler’s run-ups were still unsafe, and a later inspection ruled out the prospect of any play on the scheduled final day on Thursday.

Published: Wednesday 6th July 2016 by The News Editor

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