Middlesex’s attempt to avoid relegation from Division One of the LV= Insurance County Championship came to an end despite a valiant fight on the dramatic final day at Trent Bridge. In a match they needed to win to stay in the top division, Middlesex set Nottinghamshire a target of 207 in 58 overs. Despite a spirited effort from their spinners, including Sam Robson’s career-best 4 for 46, Nottinghamshire managed to secure victory with Matt Montgomery remaining unbeaten on 34.
Sam Robson played a crucial role in Middlesex’s fightback, scoring an unbeaten 105 in the second innings, displaying resilience on a turning pitch. However, despite the spirited efforts of Middlesex, Nottinghamshire successfully chased down the target with eight wickets down and 16 balls to spare.
Earlier in the day, Middlesex declared after Robson’s century, setting up a target for Nottinghamshire and hoping their bowlers could secure the needed wickets for a victory. The pitch, offering turn, gave Middlesex’s spinners a chance, and they did create some tense moments for Nottinghamshire.
However, Matt Montgomery’s unbeaten innings and a composed performance by Jake Ball, in his final appearance for Nottinghamshire, helped them secure the win. Despite the loss, Middlesex fought hard in their attempt to avoid relegation, but the result, combined with Kent’s draw against Lancashire, confirmed their drop to Division Two for the next season.
The match was marked by ups and downs, showcasing the unpredictable nature of cricket, and despite Sam Robson’s heroic efforts with both bat and ball, Middlesex couldn’t alter their fate in the Championship.