• Dawid Malan makes a new mark

    July 6, 2015
    Dawid Malan

    Dawid Malan, the former Paarl Boys and Boland batsman, hammered his highest first-class score, an unbeaten 182, for Middlesex after a season of turmoil in the English County Championship.

    He made his mark emphatically, as only he, No 9 batsman James Harris and Mr Extras (28) bothered to pitch up. His score came off 270 balls, with 27 fours.

    It has been a stop-start season for Malan, who had a poor time in 2013 but recovered his form impressively last season. He suffered a broken hand in the opening Championship match, also against Nottinghamshire, and has missed further cricket with a groin injury. This is only his third first-class match.

    Middlesex ended on a respectable 374, to which Nottinghamshire replied with 180-4. Of those , 77 came from former Zimbabwe captain Brendon Taylor.

    Colin Ingram stepped up  to hold Glamorgan together on a miserably wet day against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. He was unbeaten on 73 when stumps were drawn after just 32 overs had been bowled.

    He pulled Glamorgan up from 2-10, after Jacques Rudolph went for 0. First he steadied the innings with William Bragg (37), and then put his foot down to add 94 with Craig Meschede in  13 overs: a run rate of 7.13. Meschede was on 34 off 34 balls. Someone forgot to tell them this is a first-class game.

    On another grey day in Manchester, Lancashire struggled to 96-4 off 26 overs. Alviro Petersen held out for 37 balls for his 14 and Ashwell Prince added 21 off 29.

    The unstoppable Province bowler Alfonso Thomas, at 38, took 4-46 to help dismiss Sussex for 208 at Taunton. Somerset replied with 176-4, but Johann Myburgh was not able to contribute much, lbw for nine.

     Compiled by Mark Salter

     



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