County Championship: Somerset want 173 extra runs to beat Middlesex

Tom Abell

Captain Tom Abell could be the key to Somerset’s chances of victory on the final day
County Championship Group Two, Lord’s (day three):
Middlesex 313 & 143: Eskinazi 53; Davey 3-16, Leach 3-18, C Overton 3-26
Somerset 172 & 112-3: Abell 62*
Somerset (3 pts) need 173 runs to beat Middlesex (6 pts)

Middlesex’s County Championship game with Somerset was in the balance when rain washed out the final session.

Somerset are 112-3, chasing a target of 285 to win, heading into the final day.

Middlesex had resumed on 87-2 in their second innings but collapsed to 143 all out, with Josh Davey, Jack Leach and Craig Overton all taking three wickets.

Captain Tom Abell then steered Somerset’s chase at Lord’s with an unbeaten 62 as his side closed needing another 173 runs for victory.

Middlesex would have been hoping to give Somerset a much tougher target, but folded before lunch, losing their last six wickets for 16 runs.

England spinner Leach found plenty of turn to claim 3-16, while seamer Davey…