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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Warwicks vs Middlesex

LV= County Championship: Draw at Edgbaston

Rikki Clarke: Farmed the strike as Warwickshire added bonus points

Tim Murtagh: Second five-wicket haul of the season

Warwickshire and Middlesex settled for a battle for bonus points as their rain-affected LV= County Championship ended in a draw at Edgbaston.

The match was effectively over once Warwickshire saved the follow on by reaching 279 during the 12 minutes of play that were possible before lunch.

The weather improved after the interval which allowed Tim Murtagh (5-85) to complete his second five-wicket haul of the season, and help Middlesex secure a second bowling point.

Rikki Clarke's aggressive unbeaten 66, meanwhile, helped Warwickshire to reach 374-8 and collect two more batting points.

Warwickshire secured their fourth batting point in the last over that the bonus points were available when Boyd Rankin squirted Murtagh wide of Ollie Rayner at second slip at catchable height for four.

Clarke had tried to farm the bowling to shield Rankin but he lost the strike and left the Irishman with four balls to face from Murtagh to take Warwickshire to 350.

They decided to bat on which gave Middlesex the chance to take another wicket and collect a third bowling point, but Rankin safely saw out the over and went on to share an entertaining ninth-wicket stand of 36 with Clarke.

It was, in effect, Warwickshire's last-wicket partnership as Laurie Evans was unable to resume his innings having suffered a broken left hand batting against Finn on Friday.

Although Middlesex took 10 points from a rain-ruined game, Warwickshire will be satisfied with their eight-point haul having been on the back foot for most of the match with an injury-depleted attack.

Match Details

Date
8th - 11th May 2013
Toss
Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Edgbaston
Umpires
R J Robert, S C Stephen

warwicks BATTING CARD

Batsman R
W.T.S. Porterfield c Rayner b Collymore 20
L.J. Evans ret hurt 59
I.J.L. Trott c Malan b Murtagh 65
I.R. Bell lbw Collymore 62
J.O. Troughton c Denly b Murtagh 0
T.R. Ambrose lbw Collymore 55
R. Clarke Not out 66
T.P. Milnes c Collymore b Murtagh 24
J.S. Patel b Murtagh 5
T.W. Allin c Malan b Murtagh 0
W.B. Rankin Not out 9
Extras 4nb, 1w, 1b, 3lb 9
Total 114.0 Overs 374 - 8
Full Batting Card

middlesex BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
T.J. Murtagh 26 3 85 5
S.T. Finn 22 1 90 0
C.D. Collymore 25 4 78 3
G.K. Berg 11 3 20 0
O.P. Rayner 19 6 48 0
N.J. Dexter 5 0 20 0
D.J. Malan 3 0 20 0
J.L. Denly 3 0 9 0
Full Bowling Card