NatWest T20 Blast News
This week, the NatWest T20 Blast has been anything but dull. In the match between Middlesex and Sussex, it came down to the last over with Sussex needing just five runs of the last six balls to take the win at Lord’s. The thing about T20 cricket is that you never quite know what is going to happen. With everything on the line, Sussex ended up with four swings and four misses giving Middlesex the win by just two runs.
Having won the Toss, Sussex sent the Middlesex team into bat. Paul Stirling and Stephen Sean Eskinazi got off to a strong start with 40 and 57 runs respectively. After the loss of Stirling, the middle order collapsed and the team ended up with a total of 147 for 6 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Sussex got off to a comfortable start and were at 125 for 4 with Chris Nash racking up 69 runs off just 52 balls. It was all going swimmingly for Sussex until a runout in the 17th over which left the team in a state of panic. Sussex quickly found themselves eight wickets down and were unable to pick up the momentum. It all came down to the final over which went the way of Middlesex giving them their fourth win of the tournament.
Hampshire Claims Easy Win Over Glamorgan
Meanwhile in South Hampton, table toppers Glamorgan were equally in dire straits setting a paltry score of 118 runs in their match against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. Hampshire made short work of the chase bolstered by a strong half-century from skipper James Vince. The flat pitch of the Rose Bowl gave the Hampshire spinners an attacking advantage. Mason Crane picked up three himself, Liam Dawson got two of his own and Shahid Afridi picked up the sixth for the spinning attack.
Glamorgan’s wickets started tumbling in the first over. Dawson was gone before getting any real action followed by Colin Ingram an over late. Captain Jacques Rudolph managed a paltry 20 with Nicholas Selman pulling in another 17. The most significant contribution came from Andrew Salter at No 8 who added 37 runs of 27 ball to give Hampshire something to chase.
At first is looked as if Hampshire were going the same way. The early wicket of Calvin Dickenson was a worrying sign for the team. However, an unbeaten 60 runs from Vince guided Hampshire to an easy victory in just 13.5 overs with 8 wickets in hand.