Thursday, 23rd June 2005

Middlesex slump to disappointing Twenty20 defeat


Vs: Surrey

Match: T20

Venue: Lord's

Day 1

After Ed Smith had given Middlesex a flying start, scoring 33 off 16 balls including eight fours, Owais Shah and Scott Styris came together and saw Middlesex to a seemingly match winning position.

Shah continued in the same vein as the previous evening at The Rose Bowl, taking 15 off one over from Clarke and reaching his fifty off only 32 balls (2 sixes and 6 fours). Harbhajan Singh was then hit for a six, and a further two followed off Nyyan Doshi in the following over.

Scott Styris apart from taking 12 off an over from Thornely and one boundary off Mohammed Akram was content to push singles to give the strike to Shah. However, Shah’s wonderful innings ended when going for another six, he holed out to Alistair Brown at long on for 78 (off 44 balls, with 5 sixes and 7 fours).

Jamie Dalrymple was then bowled first ball by Tim Murtagh who had taken all three Middlesex wickets to fall. Ed Joyce and Styris took five runs off Harbhajan Singh’s final over to leave Middlesex requiring 47 off four overs.

Scott Styris hit the first ball off Doshi’s third over for six, but holed out to Thornely off the next ball for 40 (35 ball, 2 sixes and 2 fours). A further four runs came off the remainder of the over, leaving Middlesex needing 37 off three overs.

Ben Hutton hit the first ball of Thornely’s second over to the boundary, but was caught at mid-off by Brown off the third. Joyce scored a single off the next ball, but Irfan Pathan was caught first ball by Mohammed Akram.

Needing 32 off the last two overs, Middlesex lost three wickets in Tim Murtagh’s final over who finished with figures of 6-24 off his fours overs, the best ever in the short history of Twenty20 cricket. With the match now well out of the host’s reach, Melvyn Betts was the last man out when he was stumped by Batty for 4, giving Thornely a third wicket.

Earlier, Middlesex took an early wicket when Pathan had Benning caught by Paul Weekes for 8 and when the fielding restrictions finished after the sixth over, Surrey were 49-2 having just lost Scott Newman for 16, bowled by Scott Styris.

Brown, having been missed by Weekes on 32, went on to reach his fifty off 31 balls before he was bowled by Weekes for 64 (39 balls, 3 sixes and 5 fours). Surrey added a further 75 runs off the remaining seven overs with Middlesex missing Thornely three times in his innings of 67 not out (off 42 balls, 2 sixes and 5 fours).

Scott Styris with 1-27 off four overs and Irfan Pathan 1-31 off 4 overs were the only Middlesex bowlers to concede fewer than ten runs an over.

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