Organ Failure in Grinding us down

Battling for that point
By Rogers and ut
September 15 2017

Rogers and Out gives us a detailed report on some cricket that actually at Uxbridge on time. On the one hand we hear about a positive day on the other our precarious position is highlighted 

A battling fourth day performance by Middlesex was not enough to prevent us dropping into the relegation places after the expected draw with Hampshire at a damp Uxbridge Sports Club.

Results at Taunton and the Oval have left us in seventh place and with Warwickshire's relegation now confirmed, it leaves a massive bun fight to see who will accompany them down, with us, unfortunately, looking marginally the most likely candidates.

I arrived in time for the 10.30 start which actually happened today - in fact, we may have got underway a minute or so early. Making my way to a seat at the Gatting Way end, it was easy to see the problems experienced at the ground over the last few days. The spectator access behind the sight screen and near the toilets and ice cream van was pretty muddy, and it must have taken much hard work to get the outfield playable for this morning.

Fidel Edwards and Kyle Abbott resumed bowling duties for Hampshire, with Simmo and Ollie attempting to secure the 38 runs needed for a batting point for us.

Early runs were at a premium and it was Ollie who was first to depart, popping up a catch to Mason Crane at square leg off Abbott. He had scored nine and we were now 168/8 in the 63rd over.

Tom Helm was next in and despite getting off the mark, he didn't last long, falling LBW to the pacy Edwards leaving us 31 runs short of a batting point with just one wicket left.

It was looking a tall order but we were assisted greatly by our visitors when they brought on Mason Crane to bowl from the Gatting Way end. I think young Mason is a good prospect and I recall his five wicket haul last season at Radlett in the fifty over competition when he prised out our big guns. However, he won't be looking back with much relish on the two overs he bowled here - they went for eighteen including two no balls, with Simmo dispatching him for ten runs himself in one of the overs.

Our target of 200 had come within reach and it was Simmo who scampered a single in the 71st over to register the crucial batting point.

Edwards, who was seething after seeing a leg before appeal against Finny turned down, eventually brought our innings to an end when he castled Simmo, prompting a belligerent celebration. We were all out for 204 with Simpson having top scored with 36, leaving Finn not out on nine.

Our next task was to try to get maximum bowling points in whatever time the weather would allow. Tom Helm and Steven Finn opened the bowling for us, from the Pavilion and Gatting Way ends respectively. Joe Weatherley and captain Jimmy Adams faced for Hampshire.

Young Weatherley got off to a flyer, dispatching Finny three times to the leg side boundary in the second over. However, in the next over, Helm got one to lift and catch the top of Adams' bat, and Simmo pouched it behind, leaving Hants on 15/1.

Weatherley was still flying and now scoring on both sides of the wicket. After five overs, Hampshire were 30/1 and he'd scored 26 of them.

Jimmy Harris replaced Finn in the eighth over and the run rate slowed. Three overs later, Helm picked up his second wicket when Weatherley was caught by Voges at first slip for a useful 35 - Hants now 46/2.

Ollie came in to bowl the last over before lunch and was rewarded with a wicket from his very first ball. Tom Alsop edged to Simmo, and lunch was taken with our visitors on 46/3.

Rayner bowled the last five balls of his over after lunch to the wonderfully named debutant, Felix Organ. Felix was in no mood to donate his wicket and a maiden was played out.

Finny took up the gauntlet in the next over from the Pavilion end and looked far more impressive than from the Gatting Way end. He soon had Sean Ervine heading back to the pavilion for nought, caught behind by Simmo. Three wickets had now fallen for no runs.

Organ was now joined at the wicket by Ian Holland and both of them employed the sweep to good use from Ollie's bowling, with the boundary reached on several occasions. Organ had also clipped Finny square for four, when Harry was brought back to deliver the 24th over with instant success, when bowling Holland for 23.

89/5 soon became 92/6 when the incoming Calvin Dickinson was taken behind off Finn for just a single. This brought our old friend Gareth Berg to the crease and he glanced (or was it edged) his first ball wide of the slips for four.

Organ had played a nice cameo for sixteen runs but Harris brought it to an end in the 26th over by knocking his stumps over. Kyle Abbott was next in but it was the Iceman who was looking fluent and his cover drive to the boundary brought up the Hampshire 100.

Abbott too was playing some decent shots and he was unlucky to be run out when Harry, from his own bowling, diverted Berg's drive on to the stumps when Abbott was non striker.

Hampshire now stood on 127/8 and soon after, Berg's innings ended when the returning Helm bowled him from the Pavilion end for an entertaining 22, meaning we had gained the maximum three bowling points.

Crane and Edwards moved the score on gradually from 132/9 before Finny flattened Edwards' stumps with a sumptuous yorker, again with his first ball returning from the Pavilion end. Hampshire were all out for 146, trailing us by 58 runs.

Any early tea was taken and we commenced our second innings with 44 overs left in the day. Although Compo found the boundary twice in the first over off Berg (both guided/edged through the slips), it was soon clear that there was to be no contrivance at a result. Runs were difficult to come by and Robbo was quickly snaffled at second slip by Adams off the bowling of Abbott for nought.

Stevie Esknazi was next in, but the rain came in the tenth over with us on 14/1. I headed for home, and eventually the umpires decided to call it a day, so the inevitable draw was the outcome.

All in all, it had been a decent day's entertainment and the sun actually shone for much of it, although the breeze was quite chilly. It's disappointing that with two games to play, we occupy one of the relegation berths, but we did show some fight today, which we will need in spades over the next two weeks if we are to retain our top division status.

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Organ Failure in Grinding us down
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Date: 15/09/2017 19:27

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