About the Match
Middlesex and Surrey meet on 24th July at Lords for their penultimate match before the league stage folds off and with the 4th slot still open in the South Division the rankings will be open till the last match. Nothing much to gain for Middlesex, as they are at the bottom of the table but Surrey has everything to lose if they do not win the match, and they need to win with a good margin to have a better NRR as they have 16 points from 12 matches with 8 wins and the result of this match will have bearing on their ranking in South Division. Both the teams had their first encounter on 30th May, which Surrey won with a big margin, in a low scoring match.
Their 2 wins and 9 losses in the 12 matches played have not brought any great accolades for the team, except for a surprise win against Hampshire on 11th Jul at Southampton wherein Stirling demonstrated a splendid performance with 64 off 41 balls and an opening partnership of 52 with Malan, which helped the team build an imposing target of 173 for 6. Higgins, Christian and Simpson all batted well in this rare effort; Dexter came good with the ball with a 3 wicket haul to reduce the fancied Hampshire to 123 registering an emphatic win by 50 runs. They could not defend a well-made 184 against Glamorgan on 4th Jul as the bowlers could not be effective against the in-form Allenby who hit a century, passing the target losing only 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare. The only other win Middlesex had was against Somerset on 18th June at Oval, where opener Denly remained unbeaten with 98 and the win was achieved in the company of Higgins as they crossed the target of 152 losing only 2 wickets with 7 balls to spare. Middlesex has the resources to achieve success provided they play with purpose and determination.
They have made to the next stage with one more match to go against Kent on 25th but the ranking is still open. Their position in the top 4 of South Division will depend on the result of their match against Middlesex and the result of the match between Hampshire and Essex. Hence Surrey must keep the winning momentum in both the remaining matches, to be clearly ahead of others in the fray. They won against Gloucestershire on 18th Jul by 5 runs, defending 157 by a great team effort both while batting and on the field. Dunn and Ansari claimed 3 wickets each to restrict the challenge of Gloucs. In their 3 wicket win with 5 balls to spare on 16th July, at Kennington Oval against Somerset, again it was a very good team effort where Dunn and Ansari took 3 and 2 wickets each to restrict the Somerset team to 136 and all batsmen played sensibly to cross over the target. Surrey should repeat their earlier win against Middlesex to maintain their momentum and go ahead.
Middlesex has had a rough ride so far and being at the bottom of the table, they have nothing to lose here but they will give a stiff competition to Surrey, which needs to win this match; and with their capabilities and determination, Surrey looks better placed to win this match.
Surrey Lionss, 1.44 @ Titan Bet