Aug 1 2011 By Paul Warburton
LV County Championship - Division Two: Middlesex v Derbyshire - Day four of four - Middlesex (405 and 91-3) beat Derbyshire (252 and 243) by seven wickets
IT NEEDED just the morning session to edge Middlesex ever closer to coveted promotion – but not before another opening wobble.
Nobody in four innings has escaped an early scare, and on a wicket that in reality was facing its fifth outing – bearing in mind last Thursday’s day/night match – Neil Dexter’s men were 25-3 early needing just 91 for victory.
The captain steadied the ship and along with Chris Rogers (46no), the men from Lord’s are looking forward to next week’s showdown with Northants that should decide who gets to play in the top flight next season.
However, Dawid Malan failed to turn one great innings into a pair. And after his career-best 143 in his first knock, had to settle for a miserable single in his 15-ball stay before he being snaffled by Luke Sutton caught behind off Tim Groenewald.
Sam Robson was also out for one, and Scott Newman was lbw for nine to become Tony Palladino’s second victim before Dexter and Rogers put a stop to any faint hope of a Derby miracle.