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We are down to the final leg of the Vitality T20 Blast as teams gear up for the final push to ensure their qualification for the next round. With a much-needed win over Hampshire, Middlesex just managed to maintain their quarter-final hopes and will be looking to post another win in their upcoming contest. Considering that their next game is against Surrey, who currently occupies the second spot on the ladder, moving up the ladder is not going to be easy. The match is likely to play a significant role in determining the fortunes of the two sides and we expect nail-biting battle between the two. The two teams are set to meet each other on Sunday, 14th September at Lord's Cricket Ground, London.
Considering the situation Middlesex were in, they needed someone to put up an inspiring performance to keep them in the hunt and John Simpson proved to be their hero. They moved to the third spot on the points table and another win here will put them well and truly in contention for the quarter-finals. They have earned six points so far, courtesy a couple of wins, and have a reasonably good net run-rate of 0.042 should it get to that.
Wicket-keeper batsmen John Simpson played a vital role to take Middlesex's total to 142, which proved to be just enough to keep Hampshire on the bitter end of the result. Electing to bat first, Middlesex got off to a bright start with Max Holden and Stevie Eskinazi pummeled Hampshire bowlers to all parts of the ground. However, with the dismissal of Max Holden in the fourth over, Middlesex's downfall in the batting started. Their struggle was apparent by the fact that they managed to hit only one boundary in the next 49 deliveries. It took John Simpson's 19-ball 30 to propel Middlesex to 142, which proved to be just enough.
Defending a modest total needed incredible effort from Middlesex bowlers and they didn't disappoint. Tom Helm and Tim Murtagh were at their lethal best in the first few overs as they reduced Hampshire to 3 for 12, bringing Middlesex back in the business. A fantastic partnership between James Fuller and Tom Alsop kept Hampshire in the game, but there was only a little they could do against Middlesex's tight bowling. Murtagh eventually got Middlesex an important breakthrough, dismissing James Fuller, which resulted in Hampshire's collapse. Middlesex eventually won the match by 19 runs. All five bowlers used by Middlesex were successful with Finn being the pick of the bowlers. Steven Finn returned with excellent figures of 27 for 3 in 4 overs.
Middlesex were one of the favorites to qualify from their group, but the way they have performed thus far doesn't reflect that. Having said that, they looked hungry in their previous match and if they can continue to perform in a similar manner, it won't take long for them to become favorites to progress yet again.
Stephen Eskinazi, Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, Jack Davies, Martin Andersson, John Simpson, Luke Hollman, Thomas Helm, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn, TJ Murtagh.
With eight points from six matches, Surrey are currently placed at the second spot on the South Group ladder and will be looking for a win to grab the top spot. Although they haven't looked convincing, they have been gritty enough to win three out of four.
It is always disheartening to start a campaign with a loss and so was it for Surrey, but unlike most of the other teams in the competition, Surrey managed to turn their campaign around with three back to back wins thereafter. Despite not having well-known T20 stars at their disposal, Surrey have managed to surprise one and all. Much of that has been possible because of the remarkable team-effort that their batsmen have put in so far.
In their previous match as well, they found a new hero in Laurie Evans, who had been rather quiet in the tournament up until then. Evans played a magnificent knock scoring 88 off 52 as Surrey pulled off a scintillating win to knock Essex out of the competition. Chasing a towering total of 196, Surrey got off to a disastrous start, losing Hashim Amla early in their innings. However, his dismissal didn't affect Surrey's tempo as Evans and Will Jacks combined to bring up team's fifty in the fifth over. While Evans continued to punish Essex bowlers, he didn't get much help from the other end. Wickets kept on tumbling, but timely acceleration from Evans towards the end ensured Surrey's win in the match.
Earlier with the ball, Surrey bowlers did well to pull things back after Essex openers combined to score over a hundred runs together. At one time, Surrey were staring at a total of around 210 to chase down before Daniel Moriarty brought them back by picking up three important wickets. Gareth Batty and Reece Topley then turned to screws to keep Eagles below a total of 200, which proved to be the turning point of the match. So tight was Surrey's bowling towards the death that Essex managed to score just 51 runs off the last 44 deliveries.
It would not be wrong to say that Surrey have been brilliant so far and have punched above their weight. They do not appear to be over-reliant on any single player to do the job and that is their biggest strength. Gareth Batty is an experienced skipper and knows to handle the pressure as well as anyone in the competition. With an army of match-winning players, Surrey would certainly be a tough side to beat in all the matches to follow.
Hashim Amla, Will Jacks, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes, Rory Burns, Jamie Smith, Jamie Overton, Gus Atkinson, Gareth Batty, Daniel Moriarty, R Topley.
With surface likely to stay even throughout and chances to dew-factor to come into the picture, the captain winning the toss will want to field first.
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With temperatures ranging around 22 degrees and the sun shining bright, Monday is going to be an excellent day to play Cricket. There are zero chances of rain, but dew could have an impact here. Albeit getting slow with every passing match, the surface is likely to be a flat deck. Batting will be easy and determining a safe total would be a difficult task. Having said that, the team batting first will be looking to put a total of at least 190 runs on the board.
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The importance of this match cannot be overstated. While a win for Surrey will push Middlesex further down the drain, a loss for them will render the South Group table wide open. Middlesex will be brimming with confidence after their terrific defense in the last game and beating them will not be easy. Having said that, Surrey have been in fantastic form so far and will draw confidence from their earlier win over Middlesex. With almost everyone contributing for them, Surrey appears to be a better-balanced team between the two. Considering that as well as the other factors stated above, placing your bets on Surrey's win should be the way to go in the upcoming contest.
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