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O'Brien does the damage again

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO, Grace Road:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Middlesex 159, Leicestershire 137-6
(Middlesex 2pts, Leicestershire 3pts)
10-13 July 2009 (1100 BST)


Iain O'Brien
O'Brien has now taken six wickets in an innings for two games in a row

Leicestershire paceman Iain O'Brien's second six-wicket haul in as many games left Middlesex in trouble after the opening day's play at Grace Road.

O'Brien, on his 33rd birthday, took 6-39 to following up his six-wicket haul against Derbyshire last week, as Middlesex were all out 159.

Only David Malan's unbeaten 67 provided any resistance for the visitors.

In reply, Leicestershire were 53-5 as Steve Finn took 4-54, but Josh Cobb's 65no led the home side to 137-6.

O'Brien's first victim of the day was Nick Compton who was trapped lbw by a perfect yorker, and the New Zealander then knocked back Owais Shah's off-stump.

The seamer took 2-19 in his opening eight over spell, and then returned just before lunch to get rid of Eoin Morgan leaving Middlesex in real trouble on 75-4.

Malan was the only player to look settled and he scored a spirited half-century off 74 balls.

But O'Brien was not to be denied and picked up the wickets of Gareth Berg and Shaun Udal shortly after lunch.

Harry Gurney nipped in for the wickets of Murali Kartik and Tim Murtagh, before O'Brien returned to have Finn trapped leg before wicket.

Leicestershire found batting just as uncomfortable and Finn ripped through their top order in a lively 10-over spell that brought him four of the first five wickets.

Only Cobb of the top six managed to reach double figures as he reached his fifty off 74 balls, with seven fours and two sixes.



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