Middlesex 76-3 v Hampshire
Only 30.1 overs were bowled on day two of this rain-ruined Specsavers
County Championship clash in soggy Uxbridge where Middlesex limped to
76 for three before a short, sharp deluge soon after lunch halted
proceedings for the day.
Fidel Edwards then switched to the Pavilion End to rush one past
Nick Compton’s back-foot push and rearrange middle and off stumps with a
slingy, full-length delivery that seamed off the pitch.
Only 18 runs on and with 28 to his name, Sam Robson – who had just moved
past the 8,000-run milestone in first-class cricket -also returned to
the pavilion after edging low to Jimmy Adams at second slip off the
bowling of Ian Holland.
The hosts lost their third wicket of the session when Stevie Eskinazi
(13) feathered one from Edwards to be superbly caught diving low to
his right by keeper Tom Alsop, which proved the pre-cursor to the
first of three rain breaks.
Adams, the acting Hampshire captain, said playing four-day cricket at
an outground in mid-September ‘wasn’t a great recipe for success’. He
added: “We’ve lost a fair bit of time already. Main grounds have the benefit
of improved drainage and better covering, but they’ve just had a Test
match at Lord’s so couldn’t fit us in with their scheduling there.
It’s all just a bit unlucky really.”
Despite an opening day wash-out, the additional sheeting shipped
across on Tuesday afternoon from Merchant Taylors School in Northwood
ensured the pitch and surrounds stayed drier overnight which, together
with the benefit of using heat lamps on the wicket ends, allowed the
second day to start on time.
Hampshire skipper James Vince was forced to miss the game after
picking up a hamstring niggle in the warm-ups, which led to a
first-class debut for Hampshire Academy graduate Felix Organ, an
18-year-old off-spinner and right-hand batsman originally from Sydney,
Middlesex also gave a county debut to batsman Holden, who spent the
start of the season on loan with Northamptonshire. He was presented
with his numbered commemorative first-team cap ahead of the game by
Middlesex skipper James Franklin.