Newman sees Middlesex home
Scott Newman ensured there were no slip-ups with an unbeaten 38 as Middlesex eased to an eight-wicket win over Essex at Lord’s.
The hosts reaped the rewards of taking 20 wickets yesterday, bowling Essex out for 115 and 215.
Middlesex lost the wickets of Neil Dexter and Dan Housego in the morning session but they had no problem in rattling off the 54 runs they needed for a season-opening victory inside 42 minutes.
Newman was the positive influence Middlesex needed, with seven fours in his 38, and, although David Masters took both wickets, there was no way back for Essex, who suffered a second successive defeat in LV= County Championship Division Two.
With the prolific Chris Rogers suffering a finger injury, Dexter joined Newman to open the innings but was bowled by Masters for two in the third over.
Newman was more impressive, though, hitting successive fours off Reece Topley before turning his attention to Masters with a lofted on-drive.
However, Masters struck again to have Housego caught low down by wicketkeeper James Foster for a duck, which left the home side on 19 for two and the bowler with figures of 2-9 at that stage.
Newman continued to blaze away to provide high entertainment for a small crowd who had been charged half-price admission.
He took successive fours from one Topley over and had scored 25 of the first 27 runs before Dawid Malan pulled Masters to the midwicket fence.
The winning runs courtesy of two leg-byes. Newman ended unbeaten on 38 from 31 balls, including seven fours, while Malan was 12 not out.