Monday, 18th July 2005

Middlesex go out of Twenty20 Cup

FIXTURE

Vs: Leicestershire

Match: T20

Venue: Leicester

Day 1

Middlesex went out of the Twenty20 cup following a disappointing 19 run quarter-final defeat at Grace Road, Leicester. Having done very well to restrict the holders to 159-6 off their 20 overs, Middlesex never fully recovered from losing their first three wickets for 16 runs in 32 balls.

They lost leading run scorer in the competition, Owais Shah, to the seventh ball of the innings when he turned a ball from Willoughby straight into the hands of Gibson at leg gully. Ed Smith was yorked for eight in Willoughby’s second over and Paul Weekes perished driving the same bowler to mid-on.

Jamie Dalrymple and Scott Styris saw off Willoughby who bowled his four overs straight through to finish with 3-11, but struggled to get the ball past the fielders.

With five overs remaining, Middlesex needed a further 63 runs, a difficult but not impossible target. Jamie Dalrymple drove Henderson for a second six before he fell to a catch in the deep for 39 (off 30 balls, 2 sixes & 1 four).

Styris reached his fifty off 41 balls before Ed Joyce was caught going for a big hit off Henderson for six leaving Middlesex needing a further 52 runs off only 16 balls. The task proved too difficult even for Scott Styris, who finished 73 not out (off 55 balls, 3 sixes and 5 fours)

Ackerman and Maddy had earlier put on 43 in five overs before Scott Styris had Ackerman caught behind off his first delivery. Chris Rogers, fresh from a double hundred against his fellow Australians, joined Maddy, and this pair took Leicestershire to 79 before Chris Peploe had Maddy caught by Ben Hutton for 36.

Peploe stuck again in his second over, when Hutton caught Allenby for eight and smart fielding by the bowler ran out the non-striker Rogers for 35 with a direct hit onto stumps. Peploe completed his four overs, having taken 2-17 and Leicestershire reached 131-4 with only two overs remaining.

Sixteen runs came off Alan Richardson’s final over and a further 12 runs off the final over, bowled by Melvyn Betts as the Foxes innings finished on 159-6.

Scott Styris took 1-29 off four overs, as did Melvyn Betts.

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