Strauss takes second billing to awesome Adams
Andrew Strauss made an accomplished half-century for Middlesex but was upstaged by Andre Adams as LV= County Championship Division One leaders Nottinghamshire took charge on the opening day at Uxbridge.
Strauss, in his only appearance between the Investec Tests against West Indies and South Africa, was one of only two batsmen to reach double figures as Middlesex were skittled for just 98 after losing the toss. Notts duly progressed to 114 for four in reply.
New Zealander Adams was chiefly responsible for the home side’s struggles as he returned 6-32, including a spell of four for none in 10 balls, which began when he bowled Strauss for 50 with a superb delivery from round the wicket which nipped away off the seam to hit the top of off stump.
"It was a pretty good ball - one of the best three I've ever bowled," said Adams, the leading wicket-taker in championship cricket this season who has now taken 46 at an average of 14, including four hauls of five or more.
Strauss, who had not played since the rain-hit final Test against West Indies at Edgbaston a month ago, looked in good touch during his 97-ball innings, but the other Middlesex batsmen struggled to make the adjustment from Twenty20 to four-day cricket after they were put in on a pitch offering assistance to the seamers.
Sam Robson was caught behind off Ben Phillips and Harry Gurney had both Chris Rogers and Joe Denly caught at second slip before Adams, who will be 37 next week, took two wickets in as many balls in his first over.
He had Dawid Malan caught at first slip and bowled John Simpson to reduce Middlesex to 34 for five but Gareth Berg survived the hat-trick ball and went on to join Strauss in the only decent partnership of the innings.
They had put on 63 in 19 overs when Adams bowled Strauss, whereupon Middlesex lost their last five wickets for one run in 16 balls.
Adams had Ollie Rayner caught behind, Andy Carter nipped in to have Tim Murtagh caught at first slip and Adams cleaned up Berg for 32 and Corey Collymore for the fifth duck of the innings.
Nottinghamshire did not make the best of starts, Alex Hales soon falling leg before to Collymore, but Riki Wessels and Michael Lumb put on 49 for the second wicket before the former was caught behind off Berg for 34.
Murtagh then had Samit Patel leg before and James Taylor caught behind but Lumb was still there on 35 when rain and bad light ended play with Nottinghamshire 114 for four.