About the Match
Middlesex will clash with Hampshire in the upcoming NatWest league match on 18th June at Lord’s Stadium, London. Middlesex has 4 points from 6 matches after winning two contests and losing three and are placed at the 7th spot; they need to work hard if they want to keep their campaign alive. Hampshire on the other hand, won 4 out of 6 matches and accumulated 8 points to climb up to the 2nd position; they will try to maintain their supremacy with a win in the next match as well. It will be interesting to see which side can beat the other and grab 2 valuable points on Thursday.
Middlesex lost their last match against Gloucestershire by a big margin of 43 runs after failing to chase down a daunting total of 215. They made a fast start in reply but with wickets falling regularly, Middlesex were left struggling till the end. Only John Simpson with an unbeaten 74 off 49 caused the visitors any real concern and Nick Gubbins scored 28 off 14 but in the end they failed to reach the target. Middlesex also lost their third match against Glamorgan by a narrow margin of 4 runs with the latter powering 169 runs which Middlesex failed to overcome. David Malan hit 70 off 54 balls and John Simpson scored 31 off 17 but their efforts went in vain. On the bowling front, Steven Finn and Neil Dexter took two wickets each and have been contributing well with the ball; Kyle Abbott has been the star performer with five wickets while James Harris scalped three in the previous matches. Toby Roland-Jones, Nathan Sowter, Paul Stirling and James Franklin are bowling as required by their team. Overall, John Simpson, Malan, Eoin Morgan and Nick Compton can make a difference in the upcoming games while James Franklin and Neil Dexter are valuable all-rounders.
Hampshire achieved their 4th win against Kent by 6 wickets after pursuing 184 in a game reduced to 18 overs per side. James Vince hit this season’s best figure of an unbeaten 99 from 57 balls to take Hampshire to victory with one delivery to spare while Sean Ervine scored 37 off 16. On the bowling front, Fidel Edwards and Yasir Arafat took 2 wickets each. Earlier, Hampshire faced their second defeat of the tournament against Somerset as the opponent clinched an important win by a difference of 8 wickets. James Vince, Sean Ervine and Jimmy Adams scored 64, 30 and 23 runs respectively but their efforts weren’t enough to win the game. The team has many all-rounders and talented players who can turn the match in their favour; James Vince, Sean Ervine, Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry are capable of setting big targets or chase comfortably. Owais Shah and Adam Wheater can be dangerous in their ways whereas the bowling attack comprises of Will Smith, Fidel Edwards, Chris Wood, Yasir Arafat and Danny Briggs, who are taking wickets regularly.
The performance of Middlesex has been poor in the last three matches but they will try to do their best in the upcoming match to survive here; on the other hand, Hampshire has been belting out impressive performances and we expect them to conquer their opponents once again on Thursday