|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (day one):|
|Middlesex 384 Malan 166, Sowter 57*, Roland-Jones 54; Carey 4-54, Hogan 3-75|
|Glamorgan 25-4 Helm 4-8|
|Glamorgan (3 pts) trail Middlesex (5 pts) by 359 runs|
Dawid Malan’s superb 166 dragged Middlesex to a strong position at 384 all out against Glamorgan, who crashed to 25-4 in reply.
Tom Helm claimed four late wickets to complete the visitors’ dominance.
Middlesex had slumped to 131-6 after Malan chose to bat, but he shared a seventh-wicket stand of 95 with Toby Roland-Jones (54).
Nathan Sowter then walloped 57 not out in a ninth-wicket stand of 115 with Malan.
Lukas Carey (4-54) and Michael Hogan (3-75) were Glamorgan’s best bowlers.
It was Malan’s third score of 150-plus in the campaign as he took his season’s tally to 879 runs and reminded England of his Test credentials, while Glamorgan were left to rue a missed slip chance he offered off Carey’s bowling on 43.
Middlesex’s march was only halted when Sowter retired hurt after being hit on the hand by Graham Wagg, and though he returned briefly to bat, the spinner did not field.
The visitors’ delight at their comeback was heightened when Helm’s new ball blitz left Glamorgan in tatters, his victims including the country’s top scorer Marnus Labuschagne for six.
Middlesex captain Dawid Malan told BBC Radio London:
“We were in trouble until we found some good momentum after lunch with the way Toby played, but we thought it was better to bat first than bat last on this wicket. Sowts and Toby created the momentum for me, they got me in a position where I could trust myself to play some shots and it came off.
“When you play nicely at the age I am (31) you want to cash in and make the most of it, but I’m not worried about (possible selection for) the Ashes because last time (for England) I got caught up in the wrong things,
“If I don’t get a call I’ll happily watch it on TV, and if I do get a call I’ll happily go.”
Glamorgan coach Matthew Maynard told BBC Sport Wales:
“They could have been 130 for seven and you would have been looking at a different game, but there was a big momentum shift and Malan played a super knock well supported by Roland-Jones initially, then Sowter played some great shots.
“We didn’t hold our bowling lengths particularly well all day, apart from Lukas Carey who had a great day with the ball.
“Then with nine overs to bat at the end, you can only lose, you can’t gain anything. From half an hour after lunch, it was probably our worst day of the season in the Championship but we’ve got three days to put that right.”
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