County Championship: Eoin Morgan out for nought

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan trundles off after being dismissed by Tim Groenewald
LV= County Championship Division One, Northwood (close, day one)
Middlesex 283: Malan 69, Robson 67; Gregory 5-58, Groenewald 4-55
Somerset: Yet to bat
Middlesex 2 pts, Somerset 3 pts
Match scorecard

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan was out for nought for Middlesex as Somerset edged the opening day at Northwood.

Morgan was caught by Jim Allenby off the bowling of Tim Groenewald (4-55) shortly after Sam Robson fell for 67.

Dawid Malan (69) took Middlesex to 248-5, but Lewis Gregory (5-58) ran through the tail as Middlesex were out for 283.

Nick Compton, who had to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet by Jamie Overton before lunch, resumed his innings late on but could only make 32.

The former England opener was hit by the young paceman when he was on 18 and immediately left the field for further treatment before he was given the all clear.

Earlier, home captain James Franklin won the toss and elected to bat first on a glorious morning in the magnificent surroundings of the Merchant Taylors' School in north-west London.

Morgan's miserable month...
Since his 113 for England against New Zealand in the 4th ODI at Trent Bridge on 17 June, Eoin Morgan's run of scores for his country and Middlesex have been 0, 4, 7, 0, 27, 8, 15, 21no and 0

And despite losing Australian opener Joe Burns early on when he nicked Gregory behind, the decision appeared to pay off as Robson and Malan took Middlesex to 124-1 after Compton's blow.

However, once Robson was dismissed by the lively Groenewald thanks to a fine catch by Johann Myburgh at extra cover, the hosts began to lose wickets at regular intervals as a number of batsmen got out after making starts.

Malan and Ollie Rayner (31) looked to be taking their side towards a decent total, but Peter Trego and Groenewald removed both batsmen lbw in consecutive overs and Middlesex found themselves 256-7.

Gregory then returned to dismiss Compton and Tim Murtagh in successive balls before cleaning up Steven Finn at the start of his next over with what proved to be the final ball of the day.

Nick Compton
Nick Compton has to leave the field after being hit on the helmet
Lewis Gregory James Franklin
Lewis Gregory celebrates the wicket of James Franklin
Northwood
The game is being played at the picturesque Merchant Taylors' School

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