Wednesday, 6th July 2005
Middlesex lost their final Twenty20 Cup South Group match when they were well beaten by Hampshire who passed their total with only four wickets down with sixteen balls to spare at Richmond.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Middlesex openers Owais Shah and Ed Smith put on 34 runs for the first wicket before Smith was caught at the wicket off Sean Ervine for eight.
Middlesex were made to struggle for runs against some accurate Hampshire bowling, and at the halfway point had reached only 59-1. At this point Scott Styris hit Mascarenhas for 19 off 5 balls before he was run out having made 34 off 22 balls (2 sixes and 3 fours).
Jamie Dalrymple scored a brisk 21 off 11 balls before he was caught off Udal, but Ben Hutton departred first ball when he was bowled by Udal.
Owais Shah reached his fifth half century in the competition before he was caught for 54 (scored off 50 balls, 2 sixes and 5 fours). Ben Scott went for three and Nick Compton for 17 (off 9 balls), before Paul Weekes hit the last four balls of the innings for fours to leave Middlesex on 174-7 at the end of their innings.
Ervine and Stokes got the visitors off to a flying start putting on 34 runs in 15 balls before Stokes drove Paul Hutchison to Compton at cover for 16. Lamb made 22 before he was run out by Ben Hutton and Ervine having hit Chris Peploe for six, had him stumped off a wide for 39. Peploe’s over conceded 24 runs as Hampshire reached 102-3 at the halfway point.
McMillan hit Jamie Dalrymple for successive sixes and repeated the feat in Paul Weekes’s final over. He reached his fifty off only 20 balls (5 sixes and 3 fours) and although he lost Pothas, caught behind for 11, he steered the visitors home, finishing 65 not out.
Of the Middlesex bowlers, only Scott Styris with 0-25 and Paul Weekes 0-29 in their four overs each conceded less than eight runs an over.
It was a disappointing finish to the group stages of the competition, especially as group leaders, Surrey lost their last match and a win for Middlesex would have sent them through to the quarter-finals of the competition as group winners with an automatic home draw.
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