Gareth Berg wickets help Middlesex beat Sussex at Lord's

Gareth Berg
County Championship Division One, Lord's
Middlesex 491 and 19-0 beat Sussex 283 & 225 by 10 wickets
Middlesex 23pts, Sussex 4pts
Match scorecard

Gareth Berg claimed three dismissals on the final day as Middlesex beat Sussex by 10 wickets at Lord's.

Resuming their second innings on 34-1, 174 runs behind, Ben Brown hit a half-century as Sussex were all out for 225.

Berg ended with 3-53 while Steve Finn, who dismissed Ed Joyce before the close on Friday, also completed a second-innings three-wicket haul.

Middlesex openers Sam Robson and Chris Rodgers needed just 3.5 overs to reach their target of 18 runs.

Finn followed his three first-innings wickets with 3-66 in the second to take his total in the match to six.

Middlesex were looking like they would complete an early victory, with Sussex 101-5 before lunch, still 126 runs behind.

Brown's second half-century of the match delayed the hosts' celebrations, who were set a target of 18, which they reached 40 minutes after tea.


Middlesex coach Richard Scott told BBC London 94.9:

"We lost the toss under clear blue skies and bowled them out for 283 and then hit nearly 500 under cloudy skies, it was a pretty complete performance.

"The pitch didn't change too much throughout the match but our attack always put their hand up. There was still work to do when they got 280. Up front with the new ball was dangerous in all innings.

"It's great to have Chris Rogers back in form, he started uncharacteristacally out of form for us. He batted all day at Liverpool to save the game and the one here was just as good, he was unlucky not to get a hundred."

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