Jun 13 2012 By Tim Street
Middlesex County Cricket Club
A YOUNG and experimental Middlesex side fell more than 200 short in their doomed run chase against the West Indies in today's 50-overs tour game at Lord's.
With the likes of Gareth Berg, Steven Crook, Chris Rogers, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan, Scott Newman, Chris Rogers, Ollie Rayner, John Simpson and Corey Collmore all missing - not to mention England men Andrew Strauss and Steven Finn - it was clear from the off that Middlesex were using the game to give some of their fringe talent some big game time.
And a West Indian bowling attack shaping up for the forthcoming one day series against England were in no charitable mood, bowling the hosts out for just 107 in 31 overs.
Having been set a target of 330 to win, Middlesex's reply was in trouble from the off, with Sam Robson caught LBW by Andre Russell for just three runs, and with the county having only just made it into double figures.
Worse was to follow when Darren Bravo, following his earlier century, caught Paul Stirling off Ravi Rampaul, leaving a stunned Middlesex reeling at 11-2.
Neil Dexter led a mini revival but was soon out himself, another victim for Russell for just 12, and Adam London was soon following him into the pavilion for a paltry three, Dwayne Bravo this time taking the wicket, leaving the hosts on 38-4.
Adam Rossington, making his debut at Lord's, made a useful 17 before being run out by Kieron Pollard, while Josh Davey batted through the rest of the innings to finish unbeaten on 24.
Unfortunately, only Tom Smith gave him any kind of support before falling for 16, as Tim Murtagh and Anthony Ireland both fell for ducks, while Robbie Williams was unable to bat after being taken to hospital with a fractured thumb.