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Finn fires for Middlesex

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England paceman Steven Finn impressed the Test hierarchy in his first LV= County Championship appearance of the season at Lord's as his haul of 4-36 left Derbyshire reeling on 205 for nine at stumps on the opening day.

With national selector Geoff Miller and England team director Andy Flower watching events from the Lord's Media Centre, Finn and his Middlesex pace partners Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones and Gareth Berg overcame a frustrating first session to run through the visiting top order after lunch.

While Finn conceded only five runs in his opening seven-over burst, Murtagh might have removed Billy Godleman with the Derbyshire total on three; as it was the opener went on to survive 354 minutes for a cautious 55.

The former Middlesex batsman had scored two when he nibbled one to third slip, only to see Sam Robson spill a tricky diving catch to his left.

Without addition to the total, Derbyshire did lose Wayne Madsen in a farcical manner.

Having dug out a quick full-length ball from Finn, Madsen set off looking for a single. But the ball cannoned off the pads of Godleman at the non-striker's end and into the path of Chris Rogers, whose direct hit from mid-off ran out Madsen before he could regain his ground.

Godleman joined forces with Wes Durston to add 83 for Derbyshire's second wicket in 36 overs either side of lunch before Finn struck 10 overs after the break, bagging his 300th first-class wicket in the process.

Just two short of his half-century, Durston's 140-minute stay ended with a lazy pull shot that flew to long-leg.

Middlesex were celebrating again after claiming the prized scalp of Derbyshire's overseas star and the world's number-two ranked batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, for 18.

Checking a pull shot against Berg, the West Indies left-hander dollied one to midwicket where Joe Denly pocketed the simplest of catches.

Derbyshire's demise continued when Dan Redfern wafted at a leg-side delivery from Finn and feathered to wicketkeeper John Simpson, who bagged another catch two overs later as Chesney Hughes chased a wide one from Finn off the back foot.

Finn picked up his fourth with a full-length in-ducker that snared Jonathan Clare leg before to make it 150 for six but, in the best conditions of the day, Godleman teamed up with Tom Poynton to add another 30.

Poynton, who compiled 16, edged to Simpson as Roland-Jones took a late wicket before Tony Palladino ran himself out without facing a ball after Godleman refused a second.

Godleman batted almost six hours and hit only one boundary in his 265-ball stay before Murtagh returned six overs from stumps to trap him leg before.

His stoic 244-ball half-century in 323 minutes was one of the slowest in the history of county cricket.

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