About the Match
Middlesex’s campaign this season continues to go from bad to worse and with just three wins out of 12 matches they are at the bottom of the table; Middlesex will try to win their next match against Surrey on 23rd July at Lord’s Stadium, London to redeem itself although the team is out of contention. Surrey, on the other hand, won 5 matches to gather 12 points and must win the remaining two matches to have any chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. Surrey is looking confident after their last performance and the upcoming contestwill surely give them an opportunity to grab two more points and move ahead in their campaign.
Middlesex continued their dismal performance by losing the match against Essex by 5 wickets; they posted 150 runs batting first with Nick Gubbinsscoring 46 from 34 balls while Eoin Morgan could muster 29 off 25 and John Simpson scored 29 runs. Bowlers fought hard as Gurjit Sandhu and Harry Podmore, both young bowlers, picked up three wickets between them while Mitchell McClenaghanpicked up 2 wickets; however, in the end, they failed to restrict Essex from reaching the target.
In their last week’s match against Essex, they won the contest by 6 wickets with 3 overs to spare.Bowlers Steven Finn and James Franklin wrought havoc as they returned with figures of 4-28 and 3-13 respectively as the visitors were dismissed for just 109 runs in 18 overs. Nick Gubbins, Eoin Morgan, George Scott and Dawid Malan contributed well to reach the target with ease.
The team is down on morale but thebowlers are in good form, taking wickets at regular intervals; if the batsmen provide the required support, they can try to earn redemption with a win here.
Surrey defeated Somerset by a good margin of 38 runs in the last match and kept their hopes alive; Jason Roy scored an unbeaten 122 off just 65 balls while Rory Burns smashed 46 from 33 and Kumar Sangakkara scored 31 from 24 deliveries to help Surrey post a mammoth total of 208 runs on the board. On the bowling front, Sam Curran took 2 wickets, Jade Dernbach, Azhar Mahmood, Tom Curran and Gareth Batty picked up 1 wicket each to restrict Somerset to 170 runs.
They earlier suffered defeat against Hampshire by a margin of 22 runs; Azhar Mahmood and Vikram Solanki scored 34 runs and Kumar Sangakkaraposted 28, but they could muster only 151 runs while chasing the target of 173. Bowlers, Azhar Mahmood took 2-21 while James Burke picked up 2 wickets but gave away too many easy runs.
Surrey has bounced back with more strength and confidence with players like Jason Roy, Kumar Sangakkara, Rory Burns and Vikram Solanki, who are performing well and can carry their form in the next match too. Bowlers are also in great form and capable of restricting their opponents to a modest total; overall, they have the firepower to outwit Middlesex and keep their campaign alive.
Middlesex remains an inconsistent side in the tournament and have very less chance of winning the next match against Surrey, who are surely searing with confidence after their massive win in the last match. With the competition reaching its final stages, Surrey with a talented side will definitely come out all guns blazing to emerge as the winner here