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Warwickshire won by an innings and 56 runs.

Middlesex vs Warwicks

Bears crush Middlesex

Hosts' batting slumps for second time

Woakes: Career-best figures

LV County Championship - Division Two
Uxbridge - Day Four
Warwickshire 393 (J O Troughton 88, T Frost 84, N M Carter 67, A G Botha 54, T J Murtagh 4-66) v Middlesex 170 & 167 (C R Woakes 5-37)
Warwickshire (21pts) beat Middlesex (3pts) by an innings and 56 runs

Warwickshire's bowlers ripped out Middlesex for 167 on the final day to claim victory by an innings and 56 runs and stay top of Division Two.

Chris Woakes took a career-best five for 37 as the hosts were bowled out in under 53 overs, Murali Karthik top scoring with 44 from 53 balls in a lost cause.

Resuming the day on 20 without loss, Middlesex were still 203 runs behind Warwickshire's first innings score of 393 and were soon in trouble when in the third over of the day, they lost opener Nick Compton with 31 runs on the board.

With the first ball of the next over Middlesex suffered another blow when fellow opener Dawid Malan departed for 16, lbw to Woakes.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, Ed Joyce edging Chris Martin to the slips where Darren Maddy took a stunning catch low down, quickly followed by Owais Shah, who hit a six and a four off Martin before another one from Woakes kept low, trapping the England batsman in front.

Ben Scott edged a yorker from Maddy to slip and Eoin Morgan played all round a straight one from the same bowler to leave the hosts reeling on 86-6.

Karthik and Tim Murtagh added 46 for the seventh wicket but the latter holed out to mid-on soon after lunch and Karthik was caught by Jim Troughton at backward point off a Woakes slower ball.

The bowler claimed his fifth wicket when bowling Danny Evans to leave the opponents nine down before Neil Carter completed the rout, having Steven Finn caught at slip by Ant Botha.

Day Three

Division Two leaders Warwickshire look to be on course for a crushing win over nearest rivals Middlesex after forcing the hosts to follow on at Uxbridge.

Chris Martin and Darren Maddy claimed six wickets between them as the Bears skittled out their opponents for just 170.

Middlesex reached 20-0 in their second innings at the close of a day that had seen 54 overs lost due to rain.

Only Ben Scott had shown any signs of resistance for the home side first time around, the in-form wicketkeeper hitting a quick-fire 37 before becoming the last wicket to fall.

Having resumed in the morning on 70-3, Middlesex lost their last seven wickets went down for just 75 runs as Warwickshire took a firm grip on proceedings in the battle of the top two.

Day Two

Warwickshire stayed in charge on day two of their County Championship Division Two match against Middlesex, a handy innings from Neil Carter helping pushing their total to 393.

Carter scored virtually a run a ball 67 and, along with Ant Botha who scored 54 from 126 balls, the pair shared an eighth wicket stand of 90 in just 114 balls.

Resuming on 271-5, Jim Troughton had advanced to 88 before perishing lbw to Tim Murtagh (4-66) with Steven Finn then claiming Ian Salisbury (2).

Carter was quickly into his stride and reached his half-century from only 48 balls. But the introduction of part-time bowler Owais Shah saw him dismiss Botha in his first over.

Just after the rain break, Murtagh was brought back into the attack and he then claimed Carter with his first ball.

After being dismissed for 393, Warwickshire immediately struck back with two early wickets.

Openers Nick Compton (0) and Dawid Malan (9) were soon back in the pavilion with only 16 runs on the board.

Skipper Ed Joyce (12) did not last much longer as Darren Maddy had him caught at the wicket.

The hosts had moved on to 70 without further loss at the close, with Shah unbeaten on 25.

Day One

Half-centuries from Jim Troughton and Tony Frost handed Warwickshire a strong start on the first day of their top-of-the-table clash with Middlesex at Uxbridge.

The pair shared a fifth-wicket stand of 157, with Troughton unbeaten on 83 at the close as Warwickshire finished the day on 271-5.

Having elected to bat, Warwickshire captain Darren Maddy (18) smashed three early boundaries before being trapped lbw by Tim Murtagh.

Michael Powell (11) became the second wicket to fall with the score on 40, with Warwickshire losing their third when Navdeep Poonia (28) was caught behind by Ben Scott in spectacular style.

And with Jonathan Trott (18) caught behind, Warwickshire were suddenly reduced to 78-4 - Steven Finn picking up a couple of wickets.

But that brought Frost and Troughton together, the pair steadying the ship and furthering Warwickshire's cause until the 84th over.

Frost was then clean bowled by Alan Richardson for 84, an innings made from 186 balls including 14 fours.

Match Details

16th Jul 2008
P J Hartley and N G B Cook

middlesex BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Malan lbw b Woakes 16
c Frost b Martin 14
Shah lbw b Woakes 13
Joyce c Maddy b Martin 12
Morgan lbw b Maddy 13
Scott c Botha b Maddy 8
Kartik c Troughton b Woakes 44
Murtagh c Powell b Woakes 21
Richardson not out 16
Evans b Woakes 1
Finn c Botha b Carter 1
Extras 2w, 6lb 8
Total 52.3 Overs 167
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Martin 16 5 57 2
Woakes 17 6 37 5
Botha 1 0 1 0
Salisbury 1 0 1 0
Carter 8.3 2 27 1
Maddy 8 1 30 2
Trott 1 0 8 0
Full Bowling Card