About the Match
Middlesex have had a mixed run so far and are placed at the 6th position with 8 points after their win against Essex recently; they will take on Hampshire, who are placed 4th with 9 points, on 3rd August at the Lord’s. The last time these two teams met, Hampshire had conquered the opponents to win the match by 29 runs; Middlesex will be eager to get it revenge here and start climbing up on the table in the South Group. It needs to be seen which team can outwit the other with a cool head above its shoulders.
Brendon McCullum is in good form with the bat and he scored a well-made 63 off just 28 balls against Essex to give the required momentum. JA Simpson followed it with a heroic 51 while Morgan contributed with 39 runs to take the total to 203. Fast-bowler Tom Helm took a brilliant 5-11 in less than 4 overs to give Middlesex victory by 72 runs, its biggest win of the season till now.
Against Hampshire, Roland-Jones and Franklin took 7 wickets between them but they couldn’t stop the opposition from posting a competitive total of 189 runs. The top-order consisting of Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling, McCullum, Morgan, and Franklin had buckled under pressure leading to a collapse soon after. Tim Southee had fought a lone battle, posting a heroic 64 off 32 while JA Simpson played a useful knock, scoring an unbeaten 37 off 33; however, their efforts went in vain.
Against Somerset, Morgan posted a wonderful 59 of 28 while Simpson, Gubbins, and Higgins kept the scoreboard ticking to take the total to 162. However, the speedsters couldn’t put up a disciplined attack and despite Finn and Helm taking 2 wickets each, they lost the match by 5 wickets. Overall, they have a good batting and bowling unit which can come out with all its firepower here.
Batting first against Middlesex previously, James Vince and Rilee Rossouw had started the innings on a positive note with 30+ runs each; however, it was Michael Carberry’s brilliant 77 off 45 that took them to 189 runs, which the bowlers led by Crane’s astounding 3-15 defended successfully. Berg, Topley and Kyle Abbott also found success with the ball in the same match and can repeat their tactics here.
Recently against the Gloucs, spinners Crane and Dawson combined well to take 3 wickets between them while Topley and Wood provided regular breakthroughs to restrict the opponents to 174. With the match reduced to 11 overs, Hampshire chased down the required target of 121 with ease and won the match.
They lost the last game against Kent by a narrow margin of 5 runs after failing to chase down a humble target of 159 despite a good show by Vince, Bailey, and Alsop. Spinner Shahid Afridi had put up a tremendous show with the ball, taking 4-26 to restrict the opponents but his efforts went in vain. They are a determined unit which has been able to dominate others on the field, and we can expect them to make a comeback here.
Both teams have the required resources with bat and ball, hence it will come down to which of them is able to strategize better against the other. While Hampshire has a strong all-around unit, we feel that Middlesex is in better batting form to emerge victorious on Thursday.