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MAIDEN. The name of an instrument formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.

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West Indies played out three consecutive maiden overs, and the pressure got to them in the fourth, when Kieran Powell edged Boult to Dean Brownlie at third slip.
At lunch, Middlesex were 216 for six, 112 short of their target, and Berg came out determined to break the stranglehold of the bowlers who had sent down 15 maiden overs in the morning.
After Cosker had been given first opportunity, Croft waited 28 overs until he was brought into the attack and the veteran bowled three successive maiden overs before lunch.
Anderson, replacing Broad for a fresh spell after bowling four maiden overs in a row from the other end, had Tendulkar caught by Graeme Swann at gully as he drove uppishly.
The visitors scored 196-4 in their 50 overs with Luke Spinetti making 75 not out, Mark Hazelhurst 46 and Mike Pead 20 while Luke Szpadt bowled five maiden overs before conceding a run for Pentyrch and finished with 1-16 off 10 overs.
Hogg was the early pick, bowling four maiden overs on the reel after he had removed Moeen Ali caught behind.
Fulton and Martin van Jaarsveld batted with caution, with Durham's bowlers sending down several maiden overs.
picked up three wickets conceding 24 runs in 10 overs which included two maiden overs.