|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (day one):|
|Middlesex 384 Malan 166, Sowter 57*, Roland-Jones 54; Carey 4-54, Hogan 3-75|
|Glamorgan 25-4 Helm 4-8|
|Glamorgan (3 pts) trail Middlesex (5 pts) by 359 runs|
Dawid Malan’s superb 166 dragged Middlesex to a strong position at 384 all out against Glamorgan, who crashed to 25-4 in reply.
Tom Helm claimed four late wickets to complete the visitors’ dominance.
Middlesex had slumped to 131-6 after Malan chose to bat, but he shared a seventh-wicket stand of 95 with Toby Roland-Jones (54).
Nathan Sowter then walloped 57 not out in a ninth-wicket stand of 115 with Malan.
Lukas Carey (4-54) and Michael Hogan (3-75) were Glamorgan’s best bowlers.
It was Malan’s third score of 150-plus in the campaign as he took his season’s tally to 879 runs and reminded England of his Test credentials, while Glamorgan were left to rue a missed slip chance he offered off Carey’s bowling on 43.
Middlesex’s march was only halted when Sowter retired hurt after being hit on the hand by Graham Wagg, and though he returned briefly to bat, the spinner did not field.
The visitors’ delight at their comeback was heightened when Helm’s new ball blitz left Glamorgan in tatters, his victims including the country’s top scorer Marnus Labuschagne for six.
Middlesex captain Dawid Malan told BBC Radio London:
“We were in trouble until we found some good momentum after lunch with the way Toby played, but we thought it was better to bat first than bat last on this wicket. Sowts and Toby created the momentum for me, they got me in a position where I could trust myself to play some shots and it came off.
“When you play nicely at the age I am (31) you want to cash in and make the most of it, but I’m not worried about (possible selection for) the Ashes because last time (for England) I got caught up in the wrong things,
“If I don’t get a call I’ll happily watch it on TV, and if I do get a call I’ll happily go.”
Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard told BBC Sport Wales:
“They could have been 130 for seven and you would have been looking at a different game, but there was a big momentum shift and Malan played a super knock well supported by Roland-Jones initially, then Sowter played some great shots.
“We didn’t hold our bowling lengths particularly well all day, apart from Lukas Carey who had a great day with the ball.
“Then with nine overs to bat at the end, you can only lose, you can’t gain anything. From half an hour after lunch, it was probably our worst day of the season in the Championship but we’ve got three days to put that right.”
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood (day one):|
|Middlesex 172: Malan 28; Shaw 4-33, Higgins 3-52|
|Gloucestershire 59-2: Dent 27*; Roland-Jones 2-15|
|Middlesex 0 pts, Gloucestershire 3 pts|
Josh Shaw took three prize scalps as Gloucestershire triggered a Middlesex collapse which put Division Two’s bottom club in trouble at Northwood.
Shaw removed Sam Robson (23), Dawid Malan (28) and Nick Gubbins (26) in his 4-33, and Ryan Higgins took 3-52 as his old club slipped from 98-2 to 139-8.
They were eventually bowled out for 172 before two Toby Roland-Jones wickets in reply lifted their spirits.
But Gloucestershire steadied the ship to reach 59-2 and trail by just 113.
Seamer Shaw’s performance built on his six wickets against Glamorgan in their previous game, as he claimed three of Middlesex’s top four.
His victims included Malan, whose hopes of an Ashes call-up were boosted by a career-best 199 at Derby last week.
However, he top-edged a short of a length ball and Graeme van Buuren ran in to take a fine catch.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Pattonair County Ground, Derby (day two):|
|Derbyshire 557-6 dec: Du Plooy 118, Godleman 102, Hudson-Prentice 99, Reece 96, Dal 92|
|Middlesex 135-3: Malan 39*|
|Derbyshire (5 pts) lead Middlesex (1 pt) by 422 runs|
Leus du Plooy’s second century in nine days put Derbyshire in control against Middlesex despite Dawid Malan’s gritty resistance.
Middlesex captain Malan reached stumps unbeaten on 39 but his side were 422 runs adrift on 135-3 after Derbyshire posted a mammoth 557-6 declared.
Du Plooy followed his one-day ton against Australia A last week with 118 after Billy Godleman’s 102 on day one.
Anuj Dal made 92, becoming the third Derbyshire batsman to fall in the 90s.
Derbyshire began the day on 327-4 with Du Plooy on 50 and Dal on 12, and the pair took their fifth-wicket partnership to 133 before Du Plooy became one of George Scott’s two wickets.
Dal fell to Toby Roland-Jones and his departure prompted the Derbyshire declaration.
Sam Robson (34) and Stevie Eskinazi (23) posted a 53-run opening stand but the pair fell in quick succession and Nick Gubbins was out shortly before the close for 37 to give Luis Reece a second wicket to add to his 96 with the bat.