Leaders Middlesex hammer Surrey

LV County Championship Division Two, Lord's
Middlesex 445 beat Surrey 203 & 200 by an innings and 42 runs
Middlesex 24pts, Surrey 4pts
Match scorecard

Middlesex wrapped up a three-day hammering of Surrey to maintain their 100% start to the County Championship Division Two season.

Resuming on 34-2, 208 short of making the hosts bat again, Surrey succumbed for 200 shortly before tea.

The only resistance came from Steven Davies, who made 94 before being bowled by Neil Dexter (3-46).

Toby Roland-Jones (4-38) then mopped up the tail to give Middlesex victory by an innings and 42 runs.

Davies and Gary Wilson took their third-wicket stand to 72 before Roland-Jones had Wilson and Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown caught behind.

Middlesex captain Dexter, who hit 145 on the first day, then ran through the middle order, while Corey Collymore trapped Gareth Batty lbw.

It was left to Roland-Jones to complete formalities with two wickets in successive deliveries as Middlesex finalised a second successive innings victory over Surrey, who have not won at Lord's since 1997.


Middlesex cricket director Gus Fraser told BBC London 94.9:

"They are a good side and therefore it's very satisfying to play as well as we can do. The team have been rewarded for the hard work they've put in in the winter.

"Confidence is obviously high at the moment and we're getting ourselves out of tricky situations.

"On the first day, the ball was nipping around but Neil Dexter, the captain, and John Simpson batted beautifully to get us to a big score.

"Once we got that we always felt we were in a good position because the pitches here at this time of the year do offer seam bowlers some help and our seam bowlers are bowling particularly well at the moment."

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