Tim Murtagh: It was great to take 10 wickets for Middlesex against Surrey

Taking 10 wickets against your old team and winning the game fairly comprehensively – I have to say it doesn’t get much better than that!

Every bowler wants to finish a match with 10 wickets and to do it against Surrey obviously adds a little bit more, as well as the fact that it gives me 50 County Championship wickets for the season.

Things are going better for me personally than they did last year and it’s good that it’s helping the team. Hopefully I can stay fit and go past the total of 64 wickets I got three years ago.

But what really made the difference in the Surrey game, more than anything I did, was that hundred from Jamie Dalrymple on a tricky pitch, a terrific counter-attacking innings after we’d been struggling at four down for 50.

I think he enjoys batting against Surrey – I remember him getting 240 in one game when I was still playing there. This was another high-class innings and the last-wicket partnership was massively important.


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Corey Collymore did a great job holding up one end while Jamie attacked, and that sort of partnership can make such a big difference psychologically – we’ve been on the receiving end of a few before.

It means the bowlers get frustrated, the opening batsmen just want to get out there and maybe their minds start to drift a bit, while your bowlers have got their tails up.

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Once again, Sam Robson played a really mature innings on the final day and steadied the ship when we had a bit of a wobble – if we’d lost one or two more wickets then, we could have been really up against it.

Surrey were all over us at that point, but I thought Neil Dexter did a great job when he came to the wicket, taking the sting out of the attack and ensuring we stayed on course for the win.

Now we’ve got back-to-back games against Derbyshire, in the CB40 and then the County Championship, and obviously we want to win both. At the moment I don’t think we’re prioritising one tournament or the other.

There aren’t too many draws in the County Championship at the moment, teams are beating each other and the league is still quite open. But, if we win a good proportion of our remaining games, we should be in a good position at the end of the season.

The one-day stuff seems to be taking care of itself at the moment and Sussex are certainly the team to catch in our group, but we’ve still got to play them at home, so it could get interesting.

It’s just great to be involved in two competitions at this stage of the season – that hasn’t always been the case in recent years and we’re a lot closer to achieving something this time.

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