Middlesex ease to win over Worcestershire

County Championship Division One, Lord's
Middlesex 327-7 dec & forfeit beat Worcestershire 45-2 dec & 150 by 132 runs
Middlesex 19pts, Worcs 2pts
Match scorecard

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell was made to pay for his overnight declaration as his side slipped to a 132-run defeat by Middlesex at Lord's.

With the game heading for a draw, Mitchell declared 282 behind and the hosts forfeited their second innings.

But the target of 283 proved beyond the visitors as they slumped to 96-8.

A stand of 54 between Aneesh Kapil and Richard Jones held up Middlesex before Steve Finn struck twice to see Worcestershire bowled out for 150.


Middlesex temporary Championship captain Chris Rogers:

"Their captain came to me and proposed it and we thought it was a good chance for us to get a win.

"It worked out well for us, but I can understand their thinking. If they batted well, who knows what would have happened?

"This game has worked out for us, but I think the next game, against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, is going to be a real test for us. We're going to find out exactly where we are."

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

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Defeat was better than a draw - Rhodes

"To be fair, we produced a game of cricket, which is what we are here for and to try to get a result.

"It didn't go our way and that was disappointing but it was far better than playing for points and playing out a draw.

"I was disappointed by the way we batted, especially early on against a good attack in some friendly conditions. We just needed a base.

"If we had got a start and had got a couple of decent partnerships then we would have gone very close to taking 16 points which would have been magnificent but sadly our batters let us down."