Collins new ball burst gives Middlesex lead over Derbyshire

Barbados and West Indies left-arm pacer Pedro Collins starred with the ball on Friday as Middlesex dominated Derbyshire on the third day of their four-day English County Championship match. The 34-year-old took the first three wickets with the new ball and returned to get the final wicket of the innings to end with 4-46 from 17.3 overs.

Three of his victims were caught behind and the fourth was Chesney Hughes, the left-handed teenager from Anguilla, who was bowled for a “duck” with the penultimate ball before lunch. Collins was well backed up by former captain Shaun Udal, who bagged 4-37 with his off-spin.

This left Derbyshire all out for just 182 in reply to 263 made by the visitors at the County Ground in Derby. Middlesex reached 71-4 in the second innings with an overall lead of 152 with a day to play.

Earlier this week, Collins also had a three-wicket burst but his team was badly beaten by Derbyshire in their 40-over match. Collins took 3-42 from eight overs and at one stage reduced Derbyshire for 34-3 but they recovered to make 192-7 from 38 overs after the match was reduced due to bad weather. Derbyshire defended their score very well and bowled out Middlesex for 110 off 27.3 overs to win by 82 runs.