COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP – Middlesex CCC bowl out Leicestershire CCC for 186 in the afternoon session on day three but Seaxes face challenging victory target of 380
PUBLISHED: 16:31 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:40 22 June 2018
Middlesex bowled Leicestershire out for 186 in their second innings on a baking hot afternoon at Grace Road, to leave the visitors facing a challenging target of 381 to win.
The bowlers continued to keep a tight line and length in their bid to make inroads, before James Harris castled Lewis Hill with a beauty to end his resistance on four with the score on 65-5.
Tim Murtagh then enticed Ben Raine to waft outside his off stump, nicking to the alert John Simpson keeping wicket.
The former Durham man departed for a jaunty 36 off 34 balls with the home side on 115-6 – 309 runs ahead.
The commanding lead didn’t stop Raine being furious as he lets out a primal roar of frustration from the Grace Road dressing room that could be heard around this delightfully charming ground.
The popular former Middlesex man Neil Dexter was run out for a doughty 38 after wicketkeeper Simpson showed quick hands – and thinking – to run him out for an official stumping with a sharp underarm throw after the South African had wandered out of his crease off the bowling Murtagh.
The Middlesex stalwart claimed his third wicket of the innings and his eighth of the match with Leicestershire on 128-7, 322 runs ahead.
Steven Finn trapped Callum Parkinson for two as the Paul Nixon’s side limped to 133-8.
Seaxes’ Hilton Cartwright then claimed his first of the innings as Gavin Griffiths edged to Simpson for 14 as the wicketkeeper grabbed his third catch of the innings at 156-9.
The last wicket partnership between Mohamed Abbas and Zak Chappell for 30 as the last two wickets put on 53 to frustrate a tiring Middlesex attack.
With the weather set fair for the rest of the day and the same again for Saturday, the only question is whether the Londoners can bat out four full sessions to save the game.