October 4, 2022
Recent Match Report – Glamorgan vs Middlesex 2022

middlesex132 for 4 (Stoneman 72*, Harris 3-47) Trail Glamorgan 214 (Cook 52, Higgins 4-59, Murtagh 3-58) by 82 runs

London in the second week of September: A Lord’s final, The Last Night of the Proms and a relaxing afternoon in cricket. It’s not September though; This year the one-day final has been moved to Trent Bridge, the flag-waving sing-along has been canceled and attempts to sleep at the nearby Danubius Hotel near Glamorgan were thwarted by the Metropolitan Police, who for a week. They have taken joint command, they are afraid. So instead, David Lloyd and his players were billed at Watford and after ninety minutes of the game against Middlesex they were 70 for 5.

It wasn’t really Watford’s fault. The cricketers who played in those sold-out finals always maintained that you could be five down quicker than a knife if you swung early on the pitch, so one suspects Tim Murtagh had to take a shot before notifying Lloyd. The friend had to call that he would ‘chalo’ her. First knock. Murtagh was celebrating more extroverts six balls into the match when Eddie Byromes dismissed him to John Simpson and the next 18 overs must have been as much fun as an evening with Piers Morgan for Glamorgan’s top-order.

Lloyd lost his off-stump to Toby Rowland-Jones on the fifth ball of the day; Shubman Gill, after batting for 40 minutes and 22 runs off Benzedrine, pulled Roland-Jones into his stumps; Sam Northeast came forward for Murtagh but only left; And Billy Root became Ryan Higgins’ first victim when the seamer returned from Gloucestershire, when his quarter-hearted suggestion of a prod brought more joy to Simpson.

Of course those wickets mattered. Glamorgan started the match seven points ahead of Middlesex and the side are struggling with Derbyshire for a second promotion spot with Nottinghamshire almost home and closed. Middlesex had an advantage as he was dismissed for 214 but James Harris took three wickets in nine balls and left the home side at 92 before Mark Stoneman and John Simpson, who scored one of his team’s nine first-class centuries this season. Scored five runs. , restored order but not dominance.

Stoneman’s unbeaten 72 was filled with punches and pulls that are still recognizable to Durham supporters and he continues to play an important innings. There will be hot favorites here with two matches to play for the winners, so the respective coaches probably pushed their teams to focus only on their cricket this morning. Things like this can’t be easy as we interact in these unique days. Because it wasn’t illness that put the proms on hold and the cops didn’t book hotels for the party….

…the same face, painted differently, looks different from every newspaper today. Just after eight o’clock, the Lords tested their sound system and the first few times of the national anthem were echoed in the deserted stands. An hour and a half later the whole thing would be preceded by a minute’s silence, observing the flawed look, with the team and the umpire facing the pavilion. The mind went back to the other Mondays, then to the fourth day of Test matches, distant in time, both comparable and different, when the two national sides would face each other in a pitched battle with the Ashes. A practiced, effortless smile would greet the young Australians on their first visit to England and look forward to being sent off victorious.

This morning Middlesex supporters, filling in the details of their opponents’ downfall, certainly noticed that their scorecards are black-bordered and so, intermittently, unexpected moments are the lives of some who don’t consider themselves royalists. And so, yes, it can be difficult for everyone to focus on cricket…

All the same, Five Down for 70 was as serious as it got for Lloyd’s men. By mid-afternoon they were hailing the arrival of a cheeky bonus point, partly because the situation had eased a bit, partly because Chris Cook had scored a fine half-century and partly because the pitch of the game was in Old Tavern. Near the limit of that a neatly timed push often crosses the rope.

The Middlesex fast bowlers also continued to bowl with attacking lengths and my attacking length is your best partner with your half volley.

This was pictured shortly after lunch, when Kiran Carlson and Cook milked Murtagh for a boundary for a quartet, before the Middlesex captain pulled his length back a foot or two, and Carlson’s flawless forward defensive. gave Simpson the fourth catch out of his five catches. But Cook continued to associate Vivek with opportunism and completed his half-century off 80 balls, only to go into the next over when a careless drive from a wide by Ethan Bamber sent the ball over the blue covering the off-stump. Put it. The bail fell like a damp leaf on a windless autumn evening.

Yet Glamorgan wasn’t done. Ajaz Patel arrives and immediately begins to associate Higgins and Bamber’s over-pitch stuff around Lord’s with the air of a man who dies with a rifle in his hand. There were seven fours in 36 but Higgins got his man when a terrific slash over a wide ball was smacked back. In fact, the medium pacer took 4 for 59 in 15.1 overs on his return to Lord’s and looked happy to be home.

Middlesex’s batsmen were content to bat in the mid-afternoon, although such luxury did not completely protect them. After Sam Robson fell for 10 at the hands of Michael Hogan, Stoneman and Stevie Eskinazzi scored 54 before Eskinazzi got a brutal delivery from Harris and left Cook behind. The Middlesex captain left but not before giving the pitch the kind of look Anna Sharples had reserved for Elsie Tanner coronation road When Elsie put on her war-paint.

The next over was played by Peter Malan for Harris, who also fired Max Holden for a six off his first ball in the northeast at slips. Unsurprisingly, Middlesex was in trouble, so went ahead of Simpson, as he does about five times in a season. He and Stoneman move their team closer without alarm and tomorrow they will resume their fight with Glamorgan, the first-class county of Wales, a country that suddenly has a new prince.

Paul Edwards is a freelance cricket writer. he wrote for TimesESPNcricinfo, Wisden, southport visitors and other publications

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