Middlesex see off Surrey
Middlesex claimed Surrey's last five wickets for 36 to secure a thrilling three-run win over Surrey in the County Championship derby at Lord's.
Resuming on the final morning on 95 for five and needing a further 41 for their first victory at the home of cricket since 1997, Surrey were unable to cope with the seam movement generated by Middlesex seamers Tim Murtagh, Gareth Berg and Toby Roland-Jones and allowed the hosts to pick up the five wickets they needed for victory inside an hour.
Surrey's attack of the jitters began with the 13th ball of the day when Tom Maynard heaved across the line against Berg to go leg before for 15 and having added only three to his overnight score.
Chris Jordan then took a blow on his bottom hand from a lifting delivery from Murtagh. Unsettled by the knock, he played tentatively forward four deliveries later only to drag Murtagh's away-swinger onto his own leg stump and go for an eight-ball duck.
Murtagh struck again in the fifth over of the morning by dismissing Gareth Batty, again without scoring. Having planted his front foot too early, the right- hander was forced to play around his left leg and was palpably leg before when the ball cut back in and thudded into his pad.
Rory Hamilton-Brown took to batting a foot or so outside his crease in an effort to reduce the extent of the seam movement off a pitch, described afterwards by Surrey's director of cricket Chris Adams as: "The worst I've ever seen at Lord's."
Hamilton-Brown played straight and found the gaps for singles and his experienced eighth-wicket partner Jonathan Lewis also showed a good degree of common sense, rotating the strike well, he also leant back to cut for four when rookie Roland-Jones dropped short.
In trying to make amends, Roland-Jones over-compensated, allowing Lewis to drive to the ropes once more, this time off the front foot through extra cover. Two deliveries later Roland-Jones won forgiveness from his captain, however, by removing Hamilton-Brown for 63, from 73 balls and with six fours.
Playing with unnecessary risk for the first time, Hamilton-Brown opened the bat face aiming to run a leg-cutter toward third man, only to edge to the keeper and go with his side only 15 short of their target.
Tim Linley helped reduce the deficit by five in the course of the next two overs but, with only two to his name, he edged a back-foot defensive stroke to a Roland- Jones leg cutter and nicked to Dawid Malan at slip to make it 130 for nine.
Lewis took a single from the first ball of Murtagh's next over and exposed last man Jade Dernbach to the strike. He drove his third delivery, a half-volley through mid-off for four, but then survived a huge appeal for leg before to the very next ball.
Lewis' gamble of giving Dernbach the strike then ultimately backfired when the last man miscued an attempted off-drive high to short cover where Sam Robson ran in to claim the catch and send Middlesex into ecstasy.
Murtagh finished with four for 43 and Roland-Jones four for 25, including the pivotal wicket of Hamilton-Brown.