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Middlesex beat Surrey in thriller

Middlesex secured a thrilling 3-run LV County Championship victory over London rivals Surrey in a fascinating first match at Lord’s in 2012.

Tim Murtagh’s wild celebration - running 50 yards towards the Tavern Stand to be mobbed by his teammates after taking the winning wicket - summed up the hosts’ joy at an unlikely win.

Faced with a total of just 141 to defend after being bowled out for a measly 106 in their second innings, Middlesex looked dead and buried after Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown’s aggressive 63.

But Surrey’s last six wickets fell for just 36 on the fourth morning, with Murtagh and Toby Roland-Jones each collecting four wickets in the innings.

Surrey – tipped by many as outside challengers for the title after an opening week win against Sussex – bemoaned a lively early season track at Lord’s, and were left ruing a chance to record only their second championship win in north London in 18 attempts.

Middlesex though are off the mark in division one, as they look to avoid relegation. Their next action is again at Lord’s against 2008 and 2009 champions Durham starting on April 19.

Angus Fraser will have some tricky selection calls to make ahead of the fixture, with England pair Andrew Strauss and Steven Finn both available for duty.


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