Watch: Middlesex captain Toby Roland-Jones given out in most bizarre dismissal of season

Toby Roland-Jones – Watch: Middlesex captain Toby Roland-Jones is given out in most bizarre dismissal of season

Middlesex captain Toby Roland-Jones won the toss and opted to bowl first – Getty Images/Benjamin Gilbert

Middlesex captain Toby Roland-Jones suffered one of the most bizarre dismissals of the season during the first day of the LV= Insurance County Championship Division One match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

After smashing the ball into the stands for six, he stepped backwards to admired his handiwork but carelessly swung his bat behind him and and was out hit wicket (above). The six was scrubbed off the Middlesex total

His was one of 22 wickets to fall on an eventful day.

Warwickshire, put into bat, were skittled for just 60, their lowest championship total since 1982 – when they could only manage 43 against Sussex at Edgbaston.

Ethan Bamber took five wickets for 20 runs and Roland-Jones three for 27, as the Middlesex seamers skilfully exploited helpful conditions and were assisted by some flawed defensive shots.

The visitors replied with 199, with Ryan Higgins top-scoring with 53 and Ed Barnard and Mir Hamza both taking three for 49. It gave them a first innings lead of 139 and there was still time on a chaotic day for the home side to lose two wickets second time round, reaching 53 for two by the close.

When Toby Roland-Jones won the toss, he hoped his seam attack would make early inroads – and the home side slumped to 17 for five after 23 minutes.

Both Warwickshire openers struck their first ball for four but Roland-Jones started the collapse with a lifting delivery which Alex Davies gloved to wicketkeeper John Simpson. Two balls later, the skipper sent a full-length ball into Will Rhodes’ stumps.

Bamber then found Sam Hain’s edge and Sam Robson took a slick catch at second slip. A simpler chance, offered by Rob Yates off Roland-Jones, was also accepted by Robson before Bamber bowled the entire middle order in 44 balls.

Dan Mousley and Jake Bethell were bowled through the gate, Michael Burgess was castled by a delivery that kept low and Ed Barnard’s off-stump was clipped by an impressive outswinger.

When Henry Brookes edged Higgins to third slip, number 11 Mir Hamza found himself walking on at 12.20pm. He was soon making the return journey after nicking a pull at Higgins.

In 10 minutes batting before lunch, Middlesex lost Robson – who edged Olly Hannon-Dalby to first slip – and soon after the interval Steve Eskinazi edged Hannon-Dalby behind and Mark Stoneman fell lbw to Hamza, who then bowled Max Holden through another open gate.

After diligent innings of 18 (66 and 54 balls respectively) from Jack Davies and Jon Simpson were ended by edges, Higgins and Josh De Caires counter-attacked. For the first time the pressure was turned on the bowlers as the seventh-wicket pair added 71 in 18 overs.

Higgins has damaged Warwickshire in the past with the ball, notably with 11 for 96 for Gloucestershire in the Bob Willis Trophy at Bristol in 2020. This time he hit seven fours and a six on his way to his 18th first-class half-century before becoming the first of three wickets for Barnard.

Higgins was bowled, De Caires skied a slog after making 37 and Roland-Jones struck the ball into the crowd at long on but clipped off a bail with his after-stroke and departed hit-wicket for 21.

When Bamber fell lbw to Hannon-Dalby, Middlesex had a chunky lead of 139 and Warwickshire were in again for 13 more overs.

Their problems continued as Davies sliced Bamber into the cordon to add a first-ball duck to his morning second-baller and Rhodes nicked an indiscrete waft at Tom Helm.

It was careless from the captain but Warwickshire’s morning of mayhem did much of the damage which has left them in trouble.

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