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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Middlesex are facing an uphill struggle to avoid a defeat that would damage their title hopes after Derbyshire dominated the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Derby.
Tim Groenewald hit 49 off 48 balls as Derbyshire’s last two wickets added 101 in 12 overs. He then removed both Middlesex openers as the visitors collapsed to 197 for six, with seamer Matt Higginbottom taking three for 51 in his second Championship game.
Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen made an unbeaten 138 out of 385 and although Adam Voges made 69, Middlesex were in trouble at the close, still 188 runs behind.
The visitors would have expected to keep Derbyshire under 300 after Tim Murtagh snared his 50th Championship victim of the season and James Harris struck in the first two overs of the day - but the wheels came off as Groenewald plundered some woeful bowling.
When Peter Burgoyne steered the fifth ball of the morning to gully and Matt Higginbottom turned Harris to square leg, Derbyshire were 284 for eight - but the bowling wilted in the face of Groenewald’s onslaught.
Groenewald made a mockery of his batting average of six this summer with some crunching drives that earned the home side two extra bonus points.
By the time Ollie Rayner had the 29-year-old caught at the wicket, he had smashed nine fours and dominated a stand of 66 in 12 overs with Madsen - but there was more frustration to come for Middlesex as Mark Footitt hit 19 off 16 balls.
Derbyshire then carried the momentum the tail-enders had given them into the field when they removed Sam Robson before lunch.
The opener completed 1,000 Championship runs for the season but then got a good ball from Groenewald which lifted to have him caught at second slip for 12.
Groenewald struck again in the second over after the interval when Joe Denly drove loosely and was caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul leaping to his right at short extra cover.
At 25 for two, the follow-on target of 236 was a long way off and Middlesex’s position would have been even more serious if Richard Johnson had held two difficult catches at second slip when Voges was 16 and Eoin Morgan was 25.
Morgan did not profit from his escape and three overs later slapped Higginbottom to point, where 15-year-old Callum Brodrick, on for Chanderpaul, held the catch to dismiss the England batsman for 28.
Voges reached 50 off 139 balls but Middlesex were in trouble when they lost three wickets in 29 balls to slip to 154 for six.
Neil Dexter was bowled by a full length ball from Footitt, Voges was lbw playing forward to Higginbottom and Gareth Berg played on in Higginbottom’s next over.
John Simpson and Rayner survived 15 overs and added 43 runs but Middlesex closed still 39 short of avoiding the follow-on.