Worcestershire v Middlesex: Mitchell scores ton for strugglers

Cricket
County Championship Division One, New Road (day one, close):
Worcestershire 295-8 v Middlesex
Worcestershire 2pts, Middlesex 2pts
Match scorecard

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell scored an unbeaten 129 as his side made a bright start in their crucial Division One game against Middlesex.

Mitchell helped the hosts reach 295-8 on the first day at New Road.

Dutch batsman Alexei Kervezee scored 55 for Worcestershire, who started the match bottom of the league table.

Toby Roland-Jones was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 4-67, while Neil Dexter, Ravi Patel, Steven Crook and Tim Murtagh claimed one wicket apiece.

VIEWS FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

"It was Worcestershire's day thanks to an inspired knock from their captain Daryl Mitchell, who has the chance to deservedly carry his bat.

"Having been put in, the hosts would have feared the worst at 52-3 but were steadied by Mitchell and Alexei Kervezee's defiance.

"The latter was the more positive of the two but paid the price by lobbing a drive to mid-on just after reaching the half-century mark.

"Middlesex will feel that too many runs got away on a two-paced pitch. There was additional bounce for the bowlers to unsettle the batsman but equally there was no guarantee that a genuine edge would carry.

"Worcestershire are set for a par score but if they can pick up early wickets then there is enough in the track for the bowlers to heap pressure on the batsman."

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