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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Pakistan duo rout sorry Middlesex
County Championship, Lord's: Sussex 522 beat Middlesex 128 & 162 by an innings and 232 runs

Pakistani bowlers Mushtaq Ahmed and Rana Naved starred to vault Sussex top of the Championship, beating Middlesex by an innings and 232 runs.

Mushtaq took nine wickets and Naved four in an over as Middlesex were bowled out twice in a day.

Mushtaq took 3-24 to rumble the home side for 128 after Sussex were bowled out for 522 in the first over.

And the follow-on brought no upturn for Middlesex, who crashed out for 162 the second time, Mushtaq taking 6-44.

Opener Ed Smith provided the backbone of the second innings with a patient 69.

But he had to watch in horror as seven of his team-mates fell for ducks in two overs, for the addition of three runs.

Naved accounted for Jamie Dalrymple, Paul Weekes, Ben Scott, and Peter Trego in the space of six balls.

Smith was joined by Chris Peploe, who made a career best 42, to put on 97 for the eighth wicket and avoid their worst ever Championship defeat in the

But it was still their heaviest ever home defeat, beating the mark set against Sussex in 1902.

A mix of Mushtaq's guile and Naved's straight bowling at pace combined with some hapless batting.

Sussex director of cricket Peter Moores said: "Mushtaq used the slope well; he is a clever bowler."


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