Middlesex dominate at Kia Oval

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Surrey’s LV= County Championship survival hopes suffered a dent as their batting faltered once again on the opening day against Middlesex at the Kia Oval.

Chris Adams’ men began this latest round of fixtures hovering perilously above the Division One relegation places, having won just one four-day game this season.

Today, they were dismissed for 144 after choosing to bat first, Jason Roy’s unbeaten 55 the only innings of note as Tim Murtagh returned 5-37.

Middlesex duly compounded Surrey’s misery by reaching 99 for one, thanks chiefly to 56 from Chris Rogers, who was bowled by Jade Dernbach in the penultimate over before stumps.

There was no play after lunch at Trent Bridge, where another side in trouble at the foot of the table, Durham, were reduced to 85 for four by title-chasing Nottinghamshire.

Tim Murtagh

Tim Murtagh led the way with five wickets as Middlesex dismissed Surrey for 144 before reaching 99 for one in reply at the Kia Oval

Luke Fletcher was the pick of the Notts attack with 2-26, having been recalled in the absence of injured seamers Andre Adams and Harry Gurney, while Mark Stoneman contributed 46 at the top of the order for the visitors.

A prolonged downpour prevented any action in the clash between Division One’s bottom two sides - Worcestershire and Lancashire - at New Road.

Stewart Walters’ unbeaten 129 for Glamorgan represented the most notable performance in a rain-hit Division Two programme.

In sharing century stands with opener Will Bragg, who struck 54, and Marcus North, Walters helped his side reach 242 for three from 64.1 overs against Essex at Colchester.

There was a delayed start at the Ageas Bowl, but Hampshire did their best to make up for lost time against Northamptonshire.

James Tomlinson and David Balcombe claimed two wickets apiece as Northants, boosted by Rob Newton's unbeaten 46, moved on to 170 for five after being inserted by Jimmy Adams.

Leaders Derbyshire found themselves on the back foot against fellow promotion hopefuls Yorkshire before showers washed out much of day one at Headingley Carnegie.

Adam Lyth’s unbeaten 60 lifted the White Rose to 127 for two, but only one ball was bowled after lunch as the rain rolled in.

The opening day of Gloucestershire’s match with Kent fell victim to the elements.

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