County Championship: Voges & Franklin seal great Middlesex win

Adam Voges
Voges has scored 331 runs in four Championship innings in 2015 and could make his Test debut for Australia in this summer's Ashes
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton (day four)
Somerset 408 & 310: Hildreth 86, Trescothick 76, Finn 3-66
Middlesex 317 & 405-5: Voges 132, Franklin 115no, Gubbins 78, Gregory 2-100
Middlesex win by five wickets
Middlesex 22 pts, Somerset 8 pts,
Match scorecard

Centuries from captain Adam Voges and New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin saw Middlesex chase down 402 to seal a thrilling five-wicket win at Somerset.

Coming in at 45-2 with another 357 needed, the Australia Test hopeful shared a key fourth-wicket stand of 200 with Franklin, who ended 115 not out.

Voges was eventually caught behind by Alex Barrow off Tim Groenewald for 132 with only 65 more required.

Franklin and John Simpson then got them home with seven balls to spare.

Middlesex's successful run chase came virtually a year to the day since another Australian, Chris Rogers, memorably powered them to a seven-wicket win over Yorkshire at Lord's, when they successfully chased 472.

Middlesex: The fourth-innings specialists
Middlesex's 402 was their fourth-highest successful fourth-innings run chase, bettered only by the 408-4 against Glamorgan at Southgate in 2005, the 472-3 to beat Yorkshire last summer, and the 502-6 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1925. It was their highest-ever victory target at Taunton.

The visitors' quest for victory at Taunton did not get off to the best start when Sam Robson and Nick Compton were back in the pavilion inside the first four overs of the day.

Seamer Lewis Gregory picked up both to take his match tally to eight, as Robson edged to Marcus Trescothick at slip for 15 and Compton was bowled, playing no shot, for four.

But 35-year-old Voges, who scored 98 in the first innings, batted splendidly again getting excellent support from Nick Gubbins (78) who notched his second half-century of the match, before the partnership with Franklin broke the back of the target against an attack still without the injured Jamie Overton.

Spare a thought for Somerset trio
James Hildreth scored 187 and 86, captain Marcus Trescothick 140 and 76, while Lewis Gregory returned match figures of 8-201, all in a losing cause.

Voges' dismissal did allow Somerset, aided by the new ball, to slow the visitors' run-rate with Neil Dexter following soon after, comprehensively bowled by Abdur Rehman, for a 29-ball knock of 11, with 21 still needed.

But Franklin kept Middlesex up with the rate, with overs running out, before Simpson's lusty 18 off nine balls, including four boundaries, secured their first win of the season.

Somerset, who have now lost both their first two Championship matches, were left to rue a first-innings collapse that saw them slip from 312-2 to be bowled out for 408.

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