Jul 31 2011 By Tim Street
A CAREER-BEST knock of 143 from Dawid Malan put Middlesex well and truly in control on day two against Derbyshire at Lord's.
Resuming on 105-0 after bowling their visitors out for 252, it wasn't long before the hosts lost Scott Newman, who having notched his first County Championship half-century of the season, fell LBW to Jonathon Clare for 59.
Chris Rogers was Clare's next victim, but by the time Sam Robson was bowled by Ross Whiteley just six runs short of a century, Middlesex had passed the 200-mark.
Neil Dexter then became the first of two 'bowled-and-caughts' from Greg Smith, the other being Tim Murtagh, while Smith also accounted for his namesake, Tom Smith, as he took some useful wickets.
In between, Jamie Dalrymple and John Simpson each scored 14 before being dismissed by Tim Groenewald and Mark Turner respectively. But the plum wicket came when Malan became Clare's third victim.
Malan will take the plaudits for a superb effort, and after he fell, last pair Steven Finn and Corey Collymore added nine to take Middlesex to 397-9 at stumps – a lead of 145.