Career-best for Maxwell at Lord's
Australian impresses with the ball but fails twice with the bat in County Championship
15 April 2019, 06:00 AM AEST
Australian Glenn Maxwell has taken 5-40 in a career-best bowling performance to help Lancashire beat Middlesex in the English County Championship.
With the World Cup in the UK looming, Maxwell's form with the ball was a timely reminder of his value as an allrounder as Australia defend their limited overs crown, before they face England in the Ashes.
Maxwell's maiden five-wicket haul in a 16.5-over spell, which was broken only by the lunch interval on Sunday, helped Lancashire to a seven-wicket win at Lord's.
Maxwell's efforts, ably assisted by James Anderson (3-29), meant Middlesex were bundled out for 200, leaving Lancs just 39 to win and claim their first victory at Lord's since 2006.
The visitors managed to lose three wickets in doing so, including England opener Keaton Jennings and Maxwell, but it was not enough to prevent Middlesex suffering only a third Championship defeat on home turf in five years.
Maxwell finished the match with bowling figures of 6-76 off 36.5 overs but he made only one and five with the bat.
In Cardiff, Marnus Labuschagne followed up his century on debut for Glamorgan with three wickets of his own in their high-scoring drawn match against Northamptonshire.
Labuschagne scored 121 in the first innings at Sophia Gardens and then finished with figures of 3-122 from 44 overs as Northants scored a whopping 750 in reply to Glamorgan's 8-570. Labuschagne then scored an unbeaten 27 in the second innings.
At The Oval, Peter Siddle took 1-67 in the second innings of Essex's drawn match against Surrey, the Victorian completing a match haul of 7-171 after taking 6-104 in the first dig.
And at Edgbaston, Matthew Renshaw returned to some form with an unbeaten 48 as his Kent side beat Warwickshire by eight wickets.
Qantas Ashes Tour of the UK 2019
Tour match: Australia v Australia A, Hampshire, July 23-26
First Test: August 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham
Tour match: Australia v Worcestershire, August 7-9
Second Test: August 14-18 at Lord's, London
Third Test: August 22-26 at Headingley, Leeds
Tour match: Australia v Derbyshire, August 29-31
Fourth Test: September 4-8 at Old Trafford, Manchester
Fifth Test: September 12-16 at The Oval, London