County round-up: Tim Murtagh upstages illustrious team-mate Steven Finn


Bowler of the day

Tim Murtagh, Middlesex’s 31-year-old pace bowler, upstaged his more illustrious team-mate, Steven Finn, as they beat Derbyshire by nine wickets at Lord’s yesterday. After his side conceded a first-innings deficit of 16 to newly promoted Derbyshire, the pressure was on Middlesex’s much-vaunted pace attack. Led by Murtagh, capped for his adopted country Ireland last season, they produced. The man with the military-march of a run-up – and the memorable nickname ‘Dial M’ (you work it out) – tore through Derbyshire’s top order to finish with figures of 5 for 12 off 12 overs. Toby Roland-Jones hacked off the tail with a hat-trick but by then murderous Murtagh had inflicted the telling wounds.

Batsman of the day

Shiv Thakor, Leicestershire’s 19-year-old batting all-rounder, scored a fluent century against Kent at Grace Road, his second first-class ton in 11 matches. Big things have been expected of the local boy since he hit a hundred for the county against Surrey at Under-9 level, then followed it up with teenaged double hundreds for Loughborough Grammar and Uppingham. His youthful promise means he pips Steven Davies to the honour. The Surrey wicketkeeper, who joined Elton John’s entourage for six weeks over the winter to recharge after a harrowing year, returned to form with a stylish 147 against Somerset at The Oval.

Ashes watch

Heaven forbid England’s leading twirler Graeme Swann fails to recover from surgery on his right elbow in time for the Ashes. But, just in case, the England management will be keeping the beadiest of eyes on James Tredwell, who proved such an effective back-up during the India ODI series. The Kent offspinner may have gone wicketless yesterday against Leicestershire but crucially conceded just 67 runs from 35 overs of bowling as tight an Ian Blackwell tank top.


Chris Adams, Surrey’s director of cricket, revealed he took an awkward phone call on the first morning of Surrey’s opening match of the season. When his mobile rang, it was the softly spoken but hard-as-kevlar Zimbabwean drawl of Andy Flower on the other end. Just like most Surrey fans, England’s team director wanted to know why on earth gigantic fast bowler Chris Tremlett was not terrorising the Somerset batsmen. “More than anything, he was just checking that he hadn’t suffered any new injury,” said Adams, diplomatically.

voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
The University of California study monitored the reaction of 36 dogs
sciencePets' range of emotions revealed
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
Arts and Entertainment
The nomination of 'The Wake' by Paul Kingsnorth has caused a stir
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
voicesSiobhan Norton on why she eventually changed her mind
Arts and Entertainment
The Tour de France peloton rides over a bridge on the Grinton Moor, Yorkshire, earlier this month
Scottish singer Susan Boyle will perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow
commonwealth games
Arts and Entertainment
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules
filmReview: The Rock is a muscular Davy Crockett in this preposterous film, says Geoffrey Macnab
Life and Style
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn