Friday, 15 August 2008

Derbyshire v Middlesex day 4

Middlesex 147-8 at lunch, just 106 runs on.

Early on this morning this game had "draw" written all over it, when Malan and Housego were adding 50 for the fourth wicket. Then Chris Rogers, who has rotated his bowlers well, got the right bowler at the right end.

In a spell of 3-11 in seven overs, Wavell Hinds ripped the heart from the Middlesex batting. I was amused a couple of weeks ago when a press report referred to "a wicket by the West Indian paceman". Wavell is a useful bowler, but even he wouldn't call himself a paceman...

Today though he has given us a chance of a win and with Langeveldt coming back to take two wickets prior to lunch, the second by virtue of a stunning catch by Graham Wagg, we must be dining with good appetite just now.

If we can just roll over those last two wickets quickly, one would hope a sub-150 total should be within our compass.

No chicken counting JUST yet though!

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