Shreck outshines Compton
Middlesex’s Nick Compton scored an unbeaten century but Charlie Shreck’s hat-trick gave Nottinghamshire the advantage after the first day of their Liverpool Victoria County Championship match at Lord’s.
Shreck took the wicket of Ed Smith with the last delivery of his ninth over and removed Eoin Morgan and Paul Weekes with the first two balls of his 10th.
He followed that up by dismissing David Nash as Middlesex collapsed from 88 for two to 92 for six in just six balls.
The only bright spot in another disappointing Middlesex batting display was the performance of Compton, who scored his fourth championship century of the season and carried his bat in making 105 as the hosts were dismissed for 230.
It was a total that seemed highly unlikely at lunch, but the lower order rallied as the last four wickets added 134 thanks to good contributions from Chris Peploe and Chris Silverwood.
Having been put in to bat, Middlesex were soon in trouble, losing skipper Ben Hutton to the third ball of the innings.
Hutton, who has only just returned after illness, drove Ryan Sidebottom straight to cover point where Samit Patel took a smart catch.
Compton and Owais Shah steadied the ship with a stand of 54 before Shah was beaten by Paul Franks’ swing and trapped leg before for 26.
Ed Smith scored a quickfire 28 before he drove lazily at Shreck and was snapped up at slip by Mark Ealham.
Morgan also played a poor shot to give David Alleyne a simple catch behind the wicket and Weekes’ stumps were shattered by a superb out-swinger from Shreck to complete his hat-trick in emphatic fashion.
Nash edged to David Hussey at second slip before Peploe joined Compton and helped steer their side past 100.
Peploe took advantage of some wayward bowling and scored a rapid 34 before he became the seventh wicket to fall, again caught by Hussey at slip.
Poor shot selection accounted for Johann Louw, who pushed straight to Ealham, and Chris Wright fell soon after to a loose drive.
With one wicket to fall, Compton was left still needing a further 28 runs for his century.
Silverwood proved the perfect partner as he hung around to score 23 and saw Compton reach three figures after four hours at the crease, having faced 174 balls and struck 15 fours.
Silverwood was finally caught at mid-on to give Shreck his fifth wicket. He finished with figures of 5-79.
In reply, Silverwood snapped up two early Nottinghamshire wickets, Darren Bicknell trapped leg before for one and Alleyne caught off a top-edged hook for 15.
By the close the visitors had advanced to 120 without further loss, 110 runs behind.