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Middlesex   vs Essex

Vitality Blast T20 South Group Thursday 3rd September 2020

Peter Moore at Lords

Middlesex    167-7 (20)             Essex   156-8 (20)

Middlesex won by 11 runs

Youngster Luke Hollman was Middlesex’s hero as the hosts clinched their first victory in this seasons Vitality Blast T20 competition.

The youngster hit a valuable 25 to steer Middlesex to a respectable total after an opening stand of 97.

Hollman then picked up 2-26 to restrict Essex to 156-8 in reply and pile on the defending champions misery in this seasons competition- having now lost all four matches.

Despite rain late in the afternoon, no overs were lost as play got underway at 6.45 with Essex winning the toss and putting Middlesex in to bat.

The in form opening partnership of Stevie Eskinazi and Max Holden put on 97 for the opening wicket after only 10 overs to give the hosts a platform to build on.

Holden was four away from his half century before he was trapped lbw by Cameron Delport. Three deliveries later Delport struck another blow for Middlesex when Eskinazi(51) was caught at short third man.

Essex were gradually dragging themselves back into the game when Simon Harmer struck to remove Martin Andersson(2) to leave Middlesex 103-3 in the 12th over.

Harmer then removed Dan Lincoln(6) as Middlesex lost four wickets for 25 runs. The visitors continued to turn the screw with Nick Gubbins(4) bowled cutting by Dan Lawrence.

It was down to John Simpson and Luke Hollman to try and get Middlesex out of a hole. Simpson(16) was out to a brilliant catch at fine leg by Ryan ten Doeschate with three overs left as Essex restricted Middlesex to 167-7 at the end of their 20 overs with young 19-year-old Hollman finishing with an unbeaten 25 in only his second T20 Blast game for the county.

Middlesex struck early when Tom Helm had Varun Chopra(4) lbw to the fifth ball of the innings. Miguel Cummins-who went for 18 in his first over- made amends in his second when Tom Westley(18) top edged a pull and was caught at deep square leg by Hollman to leave Essex 43-2 in the sixth over.

The fielding on both sides was exceptional, none more so than Dan Lincoln’s excellent take at deep midwicket to remove Cameron Delport(20). Lincoln had to time his run to perfection to run in and cling on to the ball, much to his delight.

The Middlesex pair of leg spinners, bowling in tandem in the shape of Hollman and Nathan Sowter were keeping Essex relatively quiet. In the eleventh over Dan Lawrence(23) lost patience with himself and picked out long off to leave Essex 86-4, with the run rate required at over ten an over.

With five overs left and sixty needed to win, Middlesex were favourites to win. That increased when Wheater(10) picked out deep midwicket off Hollman.

Essex’s hopes of pulling of victory hinged on Ryan ten Doeschate with the rate increasing. Walter(7) perished in the deep off Steve Finn who grabbed the important wicket of ten Doeschate(32) two balls later to give Finn figures of 3-18 and leave Middlesex on course for victory.

The visitors were left fourty runs to win off twelve deliveries. Cummings returned back from the pavilion end and went for 17 to leave Essex requiring 23 for victory off the final over.

Simon Harmer(23) kept Essex’s slim chances alive until he was bowled by Tom Helm with 13 needed from two balls. Helm held his nerve as Middlesex got home by 11 runs, to record their first victory in this season’s competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middlesex   vs Essex

Vitality Blast T20 South Group Thursday 3rd September 2020

Peter Moore at Lords

Middlesex    167-7 (20)             Essex   156-8 (20)

Middlesex won by 11 runs

 

Despite rain late in the afternoon, no overs were lost as play got underway at 6.45 with Essex winning the toss and putting Middlesex in to bat.

The in form opening partnership of Stevie Eskinazi and Max Holden put on 97

for the opening wicket after only 10 overs to give the hosts a platform to build on. Holden was four away from his half century before he was trapped lbw by Cameron Delport. Three deliveries later Delport struck another blow for Middlesex when Eskinazi(51) was caught at short third man.

Essex were gradually dragging themselves back into the game when Simon Harmer struck to remove Martin Andersson(2) to leave Middlesex 103-3 in the 12th over.

Harmer then removed Dan Lincoln(6) as Middlesex lost four wickets for 25 runs. The visitors continued to turn the screw with Nick Gubbins(4) bowled cutting by Dan Lawrence.

It was down to John Simpson and Luke Hollman to try and get Middlesex out of a hole. Simpson(16) was out to a brilliant catch at fine leg by Ryan ten Doeschate with three overs left as Essex restricted Middlesex to 167-7 at the end of their 20 overs with young 19-year-old Hollman finishing with an unbeaten 25 in only his second T20 Blast game for the county.

Middlesex struck early when Tom Helm had Varun Chopra(4) lbw to the fifth ball of the innings. Miguel Cummins-who went for 18 in his first over- made amends in his second when Tom Westley(18) top edged a pull and was caught at deep square leg by Hollman to leave Essex 43-2 in the sixth over.

The fielding on both sides was exceptional, none more so than Dan Lincoln’s excellent take at deep midwicket to remove Cameron Delport(20). Lincoln had to time his run to perfection to run in and cling on to the ball, much to his delight.

The Middlesex pair of leg spinners, bowling in tandem in the shape of Hollman and Nathan Sowter were keeping Essex relatively quiet. In the eleventh over Dan Lawrence(23) lost patience with himself and picked out long off to leave Essex 86-4, with the run rate required at over ten an over.

With five overs left and sixty needed to win, Middlesex were favourites to win. That increased when Wheater(10) picked out deep midwicket off Hollman.

Essex’s hopes of pulling of victory hinged on Ryan ten Doeschate with the rate increasing. Walter(7) perished in the deep off Steve Finn who grabbed the important wicket of ten Doeschate(32) two balls later to give Finn figures of 3-18 and leave Middlesex on course for victory.

The visitors were left fourty runs to win off twelve deliveries. Cummings returned back from the pavilion end and went for 17 to leave Essex requiring 23 for victory off the final over.

Simon Harmer(23) kept Essex’s slim chances alive until he was bowled by Tom Helm with 13 needed from two balls. Helm held his nerve as Middlesex got home by 11 runs, to record their first victory in this season’s competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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