Cricket: Law pleased with Middlesex win, but wants more

Stuart Law (pic Middlesex CC)

Stuart Law (pic Middlesex CC) - Credit: Archant

Middlesex head coach Stuart Law was pleased to see his side claim victory against Worcestershire in their County Championship Division Two clash at New Road, but says there is room for more improvement.

Veteran seamer Tim Murtagh claimed 6-51 as the home side were dismissed for 225 to seal a 127-run win for the 2016 champions.

And that came after the visitors had declared their second innings on 287-6 following fine knocks by captain Dawid Malan (124) and Nick Gubbins (91).

And Law said: "We have improved. There are still some areas there. The first innings batting needed to click and not put us under that much pressure in the second dig.

"Having said that, the way Tom Helm bowled first innings, the way Dawid Malan and Nick Gubbins batted second innings, and then the all-round performance.

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"Tim Murtagh was outstanding as usual and everyone else chipped in. The catching was pretty good. We only put down a couple of chances. It makes a difference.

"To win games of cricket, you've got to take 20 wickets and the way Helmy went about his business in the first innings - he bowled with good pace and control, and Tim Murtagh just gets better with age, fine red wine.

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"You are always seeking the perfect game and the closer we can get to it, the better we are going to go.

"We have only got two hundreds this year in the Championship and the same batsman (Malan) has got both of them.

"We need more from the other batters and the top five need to start scoring more runs.

"Bowling-wise, whilst we have taken wickets at times, we could have been more consistent with that as well but overall happy with the way we performed in this game."

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