About the Match
Middlesex has suffered a string of losses last month and are currently at the bottom of the table in the south group with only 4 points from 8 matches played; they will go up against Sussex, who are placed third in the group with 11 points from 9 matches after three consecutive wins recently. While Middlesex needs a desperate win here, Sussex will be eager to strengthen its position in the top four; it remains to be seen which side can triumph over the other and boost its campaign going ahead.
In their previous match against Somerset, John Simpson came through for his team by posting an unbeaten 84 off 51 and with the help of opener Paul Stirling, took the score to a competitive 171. However, other batsmen like Morgan, Franklin and Nick Compton couldn’t stabilize the run-flow and fell easily. The bowlers were unimpressive with Patel, Abbott and Stirling giving away too many runs and could hardly make a dent on the opposition, losing the match by 9 wickets.
Earlier, against Hampshire too, the bowlers proved to be expensive, allowing the opposition to post a formidable total of 199 runs, which the batsmen failed to achieve despite Stirling’s heroic half-century and a good knock by Franklin and Simpson in the middle.
The bowling unit comprising of Abbott, Podmore, Rayner and Harris among others, needs to pull up its socks and perform better to win matches at this stage. Overall, the players are demoralised and they need to push themselves harder for the cause of the team if they want to earn redemption.
They won a close content against the Gloucs by 3 wickets with 1 ball remaining in the last outing; the victory has pumped up their spirits and they will be ready to overcome Middlesex in the upcoming game. Luke Wright posted an unbeaten 111 off just 56 deliveries to help the team chase 186 at a time when they lost quick wickets early on; the bowlers did well to claim wickets but they have performed better in the past.
Against Glamorgan, Robinson claimed 3-16 while Mills, Liddle and Zaidi took 2 wickets each to demolish the opposition and restrict them to a lowly 115 runs, which the batsmen achieved thanks to Wright and Nash who posted well-made half centuries. They have been determined to reach all the way to the top and this unit is a tough one to crack even under pressure.
They have been executing their strategies well against the opponents with both batsmen and bowlers delivering the results under any situation; with the competition getting heated up, they need to continue with the winning momentum and push their campaign ahead.
Although Middlesex is struggling with players who have failed to click and perform, they definitely have the skills to bounce back here; however, Sussex which is flying high with confidence clearly goes in as favorites to win the match on Thursday