Middlesex 347 for 6 dec and 248 for 6 (Gubbins 60, Moriarty 5-47) whip Surrey 282 (Borthwick 92, Smith 80, Murtagh 5-47) and 123 (Patel 44, Cummins 3-30) by 190 runs
Sam Robson took two wickets in two balls with his occasional leg spin to spark a significant 190-run Middlesex victory against Surrey deep within the last hour of a gripping Bob Willis Trophy London derby at the Kia Oval.
Surrey gave the impression to be holding on slightly comfortably for the draw after tea, with Rikki Clarke and Jordan Clark defending resolutely through 23 overs. But, with 16 overs remaining, Robson was once thrown the ball by Middlesex’s acting captain Stephen Eskinazi and, with his fourth and fifth deliveries, he removed Clark and Dan Moriarty in dramatic fashion.
Clark, having made 7 from 66 balls, chipped back a long jump and then an ecstatic Robson pinned Moriarty leg-before with a looping leg break which hit the left-hander on the foot as he played forward.
Suddenly, at 119 for 7 quite than 119 for 5, Middlesex smelled blood and it was once their former West Indies fast bowler Miguel Cummins who swept them on towards their 22-point triumph, first having Matt Dunn superbly held for 0 at short leg by Max Holden as he fended off a vicious lifter and then bowling James Taylor for 4 with an inswinger.
Clarke, desperately having a look to claim the strike with final man Amar Virdi now in, advanced to the fifth ball of the 63rd over – bowled by Nathan Sowter – and the leg-spinner cleverly fired it through the batsman’s legs for keeper John Simpson to collect and total the stumping as Clarke tried in useless to scramble back into his crease. Clarke, Surrey’s acting captain, made 22 from 104 balls.
The final five Surrey wickets had tumbled for four runs in seven overs and, with 8.1 overs remaining, Middlesex could celebrate a famed win against their greatest rivals. Robson, who had only in the past taken four first-class wickets at nearly 50 runs apiece but was once provided two more tidy overs following his memorable intervention, finished with figures of 3-3-0-2 and the impressive Cummins took 3 for 30.
Earlier, Surrey had missing three wickets in as many overs just before lunch, which they took on a wobbly 20 for 3 after Middlesex had set them 314 to win in 71 overs. But then they retrieved through a 64-run stand between Ryan Patel and Jamie Smith before both fell to short balls from James Harris and Cummins respectively in the 30th and 33rd overs.
Patel could not imagine it when he swung a short ball from Harris high to deep mid wicket to go for 44, while Smith reached a classy 40 before touching a lifter from Cummins, angled across him from around the wicket, as he tried to receive his bat out of the way.
Mark Stoneman had been the first Surrey batsman to fall, leg-before to Tim Murtagh for 4 as he prodded defensively forward to the veteran seamer and then, in the next over and with his first ball of the innings, left-arm spinner Thilan Walallawita struck a further blow by having Scott Borthwick smartly taken by wicketkeeper Simpson for 1 as he flicked at a ball turning past his pads from over the wicket.
Then, on the stroke of lunch, Murtagh came in off a shorter run to nip one back through Will Jacks’ defences to bowl him for 0 with the fifth ball of the 11th over. Surrey, who had missing their final seven first innings wickets for just 28 runs on day three, were suddenly fighting for survival quite than dreaming of a glorious victory chase.
Moriarty, a 20-year-old slow left-arm spinner born in Reigate but raised in South Africa, had earlier taken 5 for 64. Like his fellow left-arm spinner Walallawita, he was once making his first-class debut and already had 3 for 39 overnight. But he impressed again on the fourth morning of the match after Middlesex resumed their second innings on 184 for 3 in search of quick runs.
Nick Gubbins added just 11 to his overnight 49 before being bowled by Moriarity in ordinary fashion. Aiming a premeditated reverse sweep, the left-hander missing his balance and was once on his hands and knees in the crease as his middle stump was once uprooted.
Martin Andersson, resuming on 35 and completing a half-century with successive fours off Virdi, went for 51 from 62 balls, with ten fours, when he lifted a catch to short additional cover off a leading edge to give Moriarty his fifth scalp.
Simpson mishit Virdi’s off spin to deep mid wicket to go for 18 before Sowter, with two not out, came in to retain Harris (17 not out) company before the declaration came at 248 for 6 after an hour’s play at 12 midday.