Aug 1 2011 By Yann Tear
Middlesex v Derbyshire at Lord's
MIDDLESEX are on the threshold of a sixth win of the season which would see them rise to second place in the LV County Championship table.
Three wickets apiece for Tim Murtgah, Steve Finn and Jamie Dalrymple ensured Derbyshire were bowled out cheaply for a second time in the match and the hosts need just 91 runs this morning to finish the job – with all 10 second innings wickets in hand.
Derbyshire captured the last Middlesex first innings wicket early on day three, with the hosts adding just eight runs to their overnight 397-9, but then struggled to post a total that would give their bowlers something to aim at on today's final day of play.
They were eventually all out for 243 in 89.5 overs, having conceded a first innings deficit of 153. Three batsmen – Chesney Hughes, Greg Smith and Ross Whiteley - had their innings' cut short in the 40s as they were threatening to post significant scores.
Derbyshire 252 (Durston 61, Smith 57, Murtagh 4-45) & 243 Middlesex 405 (Malan 143, Robson 94, Newman 59, Clare 4-69)