About the Match
Hampshire with 4 points from 3 matches are at the 4th position and will go up against Middlesex, who also have 4 points from 3 matches and are at the 2nd position, on 4th June at The Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton. Hampshire are a confident contender of going a long way in this competition while Middlesex are enthusiastic with 2 straight wins and are eager to dominate the opposition in the upcoming match right from the very first ball. The battle between Hampshire and Middlesex will be quite an interesting one to see as both teams will try to better their standings in the south group of the NatWest challenge on Thursday.
Middlesex defeated Sussex by 42 runs after a heroic effort by the batsmen who posted a mammoth total of 221/2 in 20 overs. It was David Malan’s superb 115 off 64 along with his partner Paul Stirling's explosive 88 that helped Middlesex get to their highest score in the competition. On the bowling front, Kyle Abbott finished with career-best figures of 5 for 14, while James Harris picked up 3 wickets, as Sussex closed at 179. In their 2nd match, Middlesex inflicted a record defeat on Kent by 115 runs to claim their first win of the season. Eoin Morgan returned to domestic duty with a half-century while Stirling punished the opposition with 90 off 50 deliveries to power Middlesex to 205. James Franklin took 5-21, his best figures in the format, and they bundled out Kent for just 90 in 14.4 overs. Overall, the team has a good mix of established batsmen and bowlers, who can turn the game at any stage. With David Malan, Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, James Franklin and Nick Compton they are strong enough to post high targets or chase competitive totals. Kyle Abbott and James Franklin did a tremendous job in the previous matches while other bowlers are also in-form to help the team win matches.
Hampshire defeated Glamorgan by 21 runs in their last match after posting 148; Sean Ervine top-scored with 49 off 35 while Will Smith’s 30 off 24 gave Hampshire the late momentum as they ended on a decent total. On the bowling front, Chris Wood skittled Glamorgan by taking 4-16 runs helping Hampshire regain control and seal a second win. However, in the previous match Hampshire was beaten by Kent by 5 wickets despite James Vince’s 66 off 43 and Adam Wheater's contribution of 37 runs which is his highest T20 score and helped the team get to 172. Hampshire boasts of a well-balanced squad prepared for any condition with playets like Will Smith, James Vince, Sean Ervine, Jimmy Adams, MA Carberry and Adam Wheater who have done well in their previous matches. On the bowling front, Chris Wood could be the key person having scalped 15 wickets last season while Yasir Arafat, Will Smith and Briggs are supporting him a lot by taking regular wickets.
A huge contest is on the cards between Hampshire and Middlesex as the last performance of both the teams was quite good. Middlesex have had better results in the recent games as compared to the Hampshire team we expect them to use the resources at hand to win the match