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Cricket: Gatting rocket for bad batting.

Mike Gatting made it clear he was unhappy with his side's batting performance after Middlesex crashed to defeat by an innings and 176 runs against neighbours Essex at Southend.

"What I say in the dressing room remains private, but it does not take a genius to work out that we did not get enough runs," said the county's director of cricket.

"We had the good fortune to win the toss, but we failed to make the most of it. It was a goodish pitch and one on which we should have scored at least 300 runs in the first innings.

"We didn't get them and our batsmen are fully aware they did not do justice to themselves in either innings."

After being bowled out for 113 on the opening day, Middlesex were swiftly brushed aside for 140 in their second innings.

Resuming the day on 45 for one, they capitulated with almost embarrassing ease and never threatened to make a fight of it once Test batsmen Justin Langer and Mark Ramprakash were dismissed during the first hour.

Only Andrew Strauss with 42, which included eight boundaries, put up much of a fight before becoming the first victim of Paul Grayson.

The left-arm spinner went on to finish with figures of four for 16 from 10 overs, as off-spinner Peter Such provided the main support with three for 42.

Middlesex lost their last five wickets in the space of 35 deliveries while adding only 22 runs.

Not that Essex were complaining, as they were able to celebrate their second successive victory by an innings margin and cement their position in the top half of the championship table.

From this latest success, Essex claimed 19 points while Middlesex had to settle for just two.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 17, 1999
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