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Gareth Berg leads Middlesex recovery against Northants

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Middlesex 341-9
Middlesex 3pts, Northants 3pts
Match scorecard

Gareth Berg
Berg already has one first-class century to his name this season

Gareth Berg hit 83 to lead the Middlesex recovery against Northants on day one at Lord's.

After the hosts won the toss, Jack Brooks (2-73) took two wickets to help reduce them to 108-4, despite opener Sam Robson making 59.

But Berg, who was well supported by John Simpson (65) and Neil Dexter (61), hit 13 fours and one six in his 88-ball effort to guide Middlesex to 341-9.

Chaminda Vaas picked up 3-45 for the visitors, with Lee Daggett taking 2-87.

Robson and Scott Newman gave Middlesex a positive start by putting on 36 in 10 overs after they had won the toss, before Brooks celebrated his 26th birthday by picking up two wickets in three overs.

Brooks, who only made his first-class debut last summer, moved the ball up the hill to have Newman caught at second slip and trap Owais Shah lbw as he pushed half forward.


Dawid Malan (28) then joined Robson in a third-wicket partnership of 51 before Vaas, the Sri Lanka left-armer who played for Middlesex in 2007, dismissed them both in successive overs.

He pinned Malan leg before and then slanted one across Robson to have him caught behind.

Middlesex were then revived by Dexter, who had scored two centuries in his previous three championship matches, and Simpson, who is making a habit of scoring runs against Northants.

They put on 104 in 24 overs when Dexter, who had batted beautifully for his 61 off 70 balls with 12 fours, tried to pull a ball from Daggett and was caught behind down the leg-side.

Simpson, who scored 87 and 41 on his debut at Wantage Road last season and 101 there in April, made 65 off 108 balls with a six and six fours before coming unstuck against the occasional off-spin of Alex Wakely.

By then, Berg was timing the ball well but departed just before the close after carving Daggett to deep backward point.

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