Middlesex need strong start says Stirling
- Credit: PA Archive/PA Images
Middlesex’s Paul Stirling says they need a strong start to day three of their County Championship Division Two clash with Leicestershire if they are to force their way back into the contest.
Dismissed for 233 in reply to the home side’s 427, Middlesex claimed a late wicket before Leicestershire could get off the mark.
And Stirling admitted that gave his side a bit of a lift after a tough day, saying; “It was nice to get a wicket at the end of the day, if we’re going to make a way back into the game it will have to be in the first session tomorrow, put some pressure on them that way.”
Colin Ackermann’s unbeaten 196 led the way for Leicestershire, as Tim Murtagh (5-60) proved the pick of Middlesex’s attack.
Stirling hit 10 fours in his 56-ball 52, putting on 80 with captain Dawid Malan, who finished unbeaten on 78 from 128 deliveries, with 12 boundaries.
You may also want to watch:
Stirling added; “Once you get in on the pitch it does get easier, and you need guys who are in to push on and get a big score, like Ackermann did for them. At the minute that’s the difference in the game.
“It looks like it won’t get any easier to bat on, but I still think you can put big partnerships together on it. Dawid Malan was brilliant on it and didn’t look like getting out towards the end, he just ran out of partners.
- 1 Hackney and Islington see another rise in Covid-19 cases
- 2 Taylor Cox 'wanted to play pro football until he was stabbed two years ago'
- 3 Police search for man who exposed himself on Islington 393 bus
- 4 Arsenal offers behind scenes tour of Emirates Stadium at Covid jab pop-up
- 5 Highbury woman repairs clothes outside H&M in stand against fast fashion
- 6 Arsenal pub Tollington Arms listed 'to prevent it being turned into flats'
- 7 Disruptions to your journey by car and train around Islington and Hackney
- 8 Letters: Fighting to keep Wray Crescent Park available to all
- 9 Largest beer garden in North London being built for Euro 2020
- 10 Campaign groups link up for Hackney Town Hall anti-road closure demo
“We’re still capable of winning the game. It’s a slowish deck that’s maybe going up and down a bit, but there are runs to be made.”