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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 July, 2003, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Strauss star of the show
County Championship D1, Southgate, day one (close): Middlesex 382-5 v Leicestershire

Captain Andy Strauss led the way with a century as Middlesex enjoyed a profitable opening day at Southgate.

The opening batsman, who won the toss, stroked an impressive 147, a knock which included 21 boundaries and a six.

He shared in partnerships of 89 with Ben Hutton (40) and 92 with Ed Joyce, who was unbeaten on 81 at stumps with a century in his sights.

Strauss was eventually caught behind off left-arm spinner Rupesh Amin after a knock that spanned 290 minutes and 240 deliveries.

The Leicestershire attack, which utilised eight different bowlers, was best served by David Masters, who returned 3-71.

Middlesex: A J Strauss (Capt), S G Koenig, O A Shah, B L Hutton, E C Joyce, Abdul Razzaq, P N Weekes, D C Nash (Wkt), J W M Dalrymple, A A Noffke, C B Keegan.

Leicestershire: V Sehwag, J K Maunders, D L Maddy, B J Hodge, D I Stevens, P A Nixon (Wkt), J N Snape, P A J DeFreitas (Capt), D D Masters, R M Amin, M J A Whiley.



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