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Middlesex pay heavy price for poor batting in Pro40 opener

PUBLISHED: 14:18 25 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 07 September 2010

Middlesex made a disappointing start to their Pro40 campaign, going to down to division one leaders Durham at Uxbridge on Sunday. Paul Collingwood, axed for the second Test against South Africa, made 78 not out off 66 balls in a seven-wicket victory. He

Middlesex made a disappointing start to their Pro40 campaign, going to down to division one leaders Durham at Uxbridge on Sunday.

Paul Collingwood, axed for the second Test against South Africa, made 78 not out off 66 balls in a seven-wicket victory. He struck six sixes in a match-winning stand of 132 with Shiv Chanderpaul (58) as the visitors reached 202-3 with 23 balls to spare.

Middlesex were all out for 200 in their innings, Steve Harmison taking 4-31.

It was a disappointing batting effort by the Lord's side, with the exception of Owais Shah (73) and skipper Ed Joyce (49) - their last six wickets went down for just 26 runs.

Meanwhile, Middlesex were thrashed by leaders Warwickshire by an innings and 56 runs last week.

The home side were bowled out for 170 in the first innings in reply to Warwickshire's 393.

On Saturday, Middlesex resumed on 20-0 in their second innings and crumbled to 167 all out. Eight Middlesex batsmen made it into double figures but none went on to reach 50. Murali Kartik came closest with 44 before he fell to the in- form Chris Woakes.

Middlesex lost their first wicket in the third over of the day, Nick Compton edging Chris Martin to Tony Frost behind the stumps.

The on song Dawid Malan fell victim to some low bounce from the first ball of the next over and was trapped lbw by Woakes. The hosts then lost two wickets with the score on 57. First, Martin snapped up Ed Joyce for 12 as the skipper drove at an out-swinger, edging to Darren Maddy, who took a breathtaking catch low to his right at second slip.

In the next over, Shah, on 13, was again surprised by some low bounce from Woakes and was given out leg before.

Maddy then chipped in with a couple of quick wickets and after lunch Woakes made short work of the lower order.

Kartik offered some resistance with 44 off 53 balls before he drove a slower delivery from Woakes to backward point, where Jim Troughton claimed a spectacular catch. Woakes finished with a career-best 5-37.

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