Middlesex in dramatic London derby victory

April 16, 2012

Tim MurtaghCounty Championship Division 1, Lord’s

Middlesex 256 & 106 beat Surrey 222 and 137 by 3 runs

Middlesex beat Surrey at Lord’s yesterday by 3 runs in a spectacular finish at the home of cricket in division one of the County Championship.

Tim Murtagh took the final wicket dismissing Jade Dernbach sparking wild celebrations by Middlesex players and fans. Murtagh ran the length of the ground to deep cover where he was joined by all 11 Middlesex players in a football like celebration. It’s not the first time the former Surrey man has celebrated a dramatic victory in this fashion. The pleasing thing for everyone in the ground was that this time the 30 year-old kept his shirt on.

Resuming day four on 95-4, Surrey required just 41 more for victory which would have given them two wins from two in this year’s championship. However, the team from South of the river were unable to knock the remaining runs off as the Middlesex seamers had the final say.

Murtagh took 4-43, and Toby Roland Jones 4-25 in an inspired spell of bowling as Surrey were dismissed for 137.

Rory Hamilton-Brown top scored for the visitors with 63, but he was given very little support from the rest of Surrey’s batsmen.

Surrey’s coach Chris Adams said after the game that it was the worst wicket he had ever seen at Lord’s but there was little doubt that this was an enthralling contest between two sides that have great history in the county game.

The Scoop 16/04/12

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