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Middlesex vs Gloucestershire

Match info: County Championship Division 2 at Lord's

Date: 30th Apr 2010 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: R A Kettleborough and J F Steele

Home team and score Away team score

Middlesex

203 All out (64.5 Overs)
185 All out (54.4 Overs)

Result

Gloucestershire

268 All out (71.2 Overs)
223 All out (70.4 Overs)

Gloucestershire won by 103 runs.

  • Last Updated: April 30 2010, 10:08 BST

Bad light denied Gloucestershire the chance of wrapping up their first

Simpson - bowled by Kirby.
Simpson - bowled by Kirby.

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win of the LV= County Championship campaign over Middlesex at Lord's

where the hosts go into the final day on 167 for seven.

When the sides trooped off under leaden skies at 5.40pm, the hosts

were still 122 short in their pursuit of an unlikely victory target of

298 and understandably it was the buoyant visitors who seemed most

perturbed by the decision of umpires Richard Kettleborough and John

Steele to lead the players off.

Given fair weather on Friday, Gloucestershire will start firm

favourites to secure their 23rd win in St John's Wood since 1879 and

their second in successive seasons, should they do so, it will be

largely thanks to the performance of their own 'East Ender', Gemaal

Hussain.

Born barely a dozen miles from the home of cricket at Whipps Cross

Hospital, the same maternity unit that helped the likes of David

Beckham and Graham Gooch into the world, Hussain was forced to move

away from East London to make his mark in cricket, initially for

Leeds Bradford University and Nottinghamshire before his switch to

Gloucestershire last year.

A muscular right-arm seamer, the 26-year-old revelled in the

overcast conditions at Lord's to claim four for 36 inside 12 overs that

thoroughly tested the Middlesex top order.

Batting 45 minutes before lunch after Gloucestershire had succumbed

for 223 in their second innings, Middlesex made a bright start when

England Test captain Andrew Strauss rocked back to pull a short one

from Jonathan Lewis for six into the Tavern Stand.

The Gloucestershire seamer had his revenge in his next over when

Strauss (9) again moved back aiming to force off the back foot through

the covers only to drag the ball onto his leg stump off a thick inside

edge to make it 37 for one at lunch.

Alex Gidman accounted for Owais Shah (16) four overs after lunch,

caught throat high at first slip after a leaden-footed lunge away from

his body and then Hussain came into his own to have left-hander Scott

Newman (42) caught in the cordon after a similar, airy drive.

It took a much better delivery from Gidman, a lifting leg-cutter, to

prize out Sam Robson (4) to a sharp low catch at second slip and, three

overs later, John Simpson had his middle stump plucked out by Steve

Kirby after he too played on.

In amongst the Middlesex batting debacle, the elegant left-hander

Dawid Malan continued to go for his strokes and deservedly reached a 79-ball half-century with eight fours as he and Gareth Berg added 39 for

the sixth wicket either side of tea.

Berg (24) nicked a leg-glance to keeper keeper Jonathan Batty to give Hussain his

fourth victim of the day two overs after the resumption then, after the first break for poor light, Kirby ended Malan's 142-minute stay for 60

through another catch by Batty.