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by Tom Moore, at Uxbridge
Thursday, July 12, 2012
LV= County Championship Day 2: Middesex (98 and 0-0) trail Nottinghamshire (329) by 231 runs
Nottinghamshire star Adam Voges made Ollie Rayner’s drop pay as he plundered (total-11) runs off the Middlesex bowling attack.
The all rounder dropped the Australian on just 11 and his side on 121 and it proved to be very costly.
Gareth Berg also dropped Chris Read on 15 and he added 56 runs to his total to move his side from a good position into an impregnable position.
By the time Middlesex finally bowled the visitors out they needed 231 runs to make Nottinghamshire bat again.
The north Londoners are now facing a heavy defeat and only the weather can save them from complete humiliation against a side that has out-batted, out-bowled and out-fielded them so far.
Nottinghamshire resumed their innings 16 runs ahead with six wickets in hand as Michael Lumb and Adam Voges returned to the crease.
The Australian, who was lucky to be there after surviving a caught behind call last night, was dropped by Ollie Rayner off the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones with only seven added to Nottinghamshire’s overnight score.
Lumb completed his 50 with a pull shot from Roland-Jones, moments after he drove the Middlesex bowler through the covers.
But, like Strauss, Lumb departed as he edged Tim Murtagh and John Simpson took a brilliant catch, diving to his left, behind the stumps.
Former England wicketkeeper Chris Read was given a life on 15 as Berg failed to cling on to a difficult chance off the bowling of Corey Collymore.
Finally, in the 64th over of the innings and the 100th of the match, Rayner came on to bowl the first over from a spinner in the game.
Nottinghamshire progressed without losing a wicket to 209-5, with Voges reaching his 50.
After the interval the Voges and Read stepped on the gas, adding 35 runs in six overs, with the latter reaching his half century.
Middlesex brought Dawid Malan with four overs remaining until the new ball, but the pair brought up their 100 partnership.
As soon as was possible, Middlesex took the new ball to try and prise out a couple of wickets with Murtagh bowling as Nottinghamshire reached 259-5.
With the score on 288, the partnership was finally broken as Read was only to be able to offer a return catch to Roland-Jones, which the bowler gratefully accepted and the former England wicketkeeper departed for 71.
Voges carried on into the 90s and a single took him to 99.
The Australian was raising the bat in the 90th over as an on drive for four off Roland-Jones’ fourth ball brought up his century off 167 with 11 fours.
Middlesex opened up an end when Roland-Jones drew Ben Phillips into coming forward and he nicked behind to Rayner.
Andre Adams strode out to the crease and signalled his intentions straight away by lofting Roland-Jones for six over long off and pulled a four from his second.
His third ball was dropped by Berg at second slip.
The drop wasn’t costly as Adams played on, slogging, to give Roland-Jones his third wicket.
Voges departed for 105 when he edged Murtagh behind and Middlesex had their man, albeit 94 runs too late.
Andy Carter and Harry Gurney were the last pair and the former struck Roland-Jones for six to accelerate the score further.
Gurney joined the party, smacking Murtagh for four but departed when Roland-Jones had him adjudged LBW to bring about an early tea.
But during the interval, the rain came and caused play to be abandoned with 40 overs left in the day.