Crusaders cut down

By Paul Higham  

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LV County Championship - Division Two
Southgate - Day Four
Derbyshire 340 (S M Katich 80, M G Dighton 68) & 199 (S M Katich 68, G M Smith 54 no, M Kartik 5-38) v Middlesex 258 (E C Joyce 81, T Lungley 5-33) & 266 (E T Smith 65, A J Strauss 53) Derbyshire (20pts) beat Middlesex (5pts) by 15 runs

Derbyshire's Anthony Botha and Greg Smith took six wickets between them, as Middlesex slumped to their first LV County Championship defeat of the season.

Requiring 282 runs for victory, Andrew Strauss and Ed Smith both notched half-centuries for the home side at Southgate.

Jamie Dalrymple (48) and Alan Richardson (19) almost saw Middlesex home, before Richardson fell to Graham Wagg with the new ball.

That wicket secured the Phantoms a 15-run victory, with 17 overs to spare, for only their second win of the season.

Day Three

Simon Katich and Greg Smith hit half-centuries, as Derbyshire left Middlesex requiring 219 runs for victory at Southgate.

Middlesex spinner Murali Kartik picked up his first five-wicket haul for the club, and has put his side within sight of a fourth division two win on day four.

Posted a total of 282 for victory, Middlesex lost opener Billy Godleman for just one, lbw to Tom Lungley's inswinger.

But by the close they had advanced to 63 for one, and with Andrew Strauss unbeaten at the crease on 47, they have every chance on day four.

Day Two 

Tom Lungley took his third five-wicket haul of the season as Derbyshire claimed an 82-run lead on first innings against Middlesex.

Lungley snared 5-33 to help bowl out Middlesex for 258 just prior to the close of the second day.

Ed Joyce was the only home batsman to register a half-century before eventually being seventh man out for 81.

Derbyshire opening pair Phil Weston and Steve Stubbings then reached 7-0 in their second innings during a 3.4 over session before the close.

Day One

The extra burden of becoming part of Derbyshire's new coaching team did not affect captain Simon Katich, as he helped the visitors reach 340.

The left-hander has taken over leading the team off the field as well as on it after director of cricket David Houghton left the county.

He certainly led from the front at Southgate, making 80, as he and fellow Australian Michael Dighton (68) put on 166 for the third wicket.

Jamie Dalrymple eventually broke the stand, the spinner bowling Dighton on his way to finishing with figures of 3-91.

Tom Poynton, making his first-class debut for Derbyshire at the age of 17, was the unfortunate victim of a collision with partner Ant Botha and was run out without scoring as Derbyshire failed to get maximum batting points.

Middlesex began their reply before the close of day one, Andrew Strauss scoring all their runs as they ended on seven without loss.

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