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Unbroken stand of 117 denies Warwickshire victory

Last updated: 24th May 2008  

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Middlesex pair Shaun Udal and Eoin Morgan put on a match-saving stand in their County Championship Division Two clash against Warwickshire.

The pair put on an unbroken 117 to take their struggling side to a draw on a tense last day at Edgbaston.

Udal made 66 and Morgan scored 51 to halt a second innings collapse which saw four wickets go down for 35 in the first 12 overs of the afternoon.

Their heroics meant Middlesex were able to declare at 335 for seven - a lead of 194 - and earn the draw.

Injuries

Warwickshire had only three specialist bowlers at their disposal after injuries to Darren Maddy, Monde Zondeki and Ian Salisbury.

And it seemed that Middlesex would have nothing to worry about for most of the morning as teenager Billy Godleman and Owais Shah shared a second-wicket stand of 124 in 42 so helping to clear a first innings deficit of 141.

But paceman Jimmy Anyon made the breakthrough when Shah went for 50, edging to wicketkeeper Tony Frost.

Shortly before lunch, Godleman was then out for 87 when went down the pitch to Ant Botha but tamely dragged his shot to Jim Troughton at midwicket.

Ibw decisions

Warwickshire's tails were up when Jonathan Trott ducked one past Ed Joyce's defensive stroke for the first of four consecutive lbw decisions.

Botha got Vernon Philander and Anyon, who shouldered the heaviest workload in taking three for 111 from 36 overs, then struck twice as Ben Scott and Tim Murtagh were beaten by deliveries which kept a shade low.

But Udal and Morgan saw Middlesex home. Morgan completed his first half-century of the season after batting for 45 overs, while Udal's second 50 since his winter move from Hampshire was much quicker, taking 73 balls with six fours and a sweep for six off Botha.

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