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Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 07:29
Won one, Lost one

Uxbridge, 2.30 start.

Wonder how many runs, and how many wickets Ryan Higgins will score/take?

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 16/07/2018 15:16 by BarmierKev.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 09:41
I wouldn't have thought that Middlesex will make many changes from the line-ups we selected for our first two matches, unless we wish to bring in someone like James Harris or George Scott. It would be nice if Dawid Malan is made available for this match, but he will probably be at Bristol keeping England’s Twenty20 players hydrated.

Gloucestershire have been a bit of bogey side for us in this format, but hopefully we can beat them to avoid having our win v Surrey on Thursday cancelled out by two defeats. I am not sure if Liam Norwell will be fit, as he only bowled three balls of his second over v Somerset at Taunton yesterday before Ryan Higgins had to complete the over. Glos posted 188-6 thanks to Higgo’s 55 off 35, but Somerset got home with 19 balls and six wickets to spare.

The outfield for this match looks very dry!

This match will surely give everyone an escape from talk about football coming home. If England lose to Sweden today, football won’t be coming home. If England win, then I doubt there will be much rejoicing in Uxbridge due to England manager Gareth Southgate’s surname being that of a rival outground to Uxbridge. I don't know if it is just me, but it seems like every time Formula 1's British Grand Prix takes place, Middlesex have a much at Uxbridge, so it is almost as if we are obliged to play at Uxbridge on this weekend.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Lifer (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 10:56
Malan is back for Sunday according to official site

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 11:44
It is nice to see that Dawid Malan is included in Middlesex’s 15-man squad for this match alongside Tom Barber, Dwayne Bravo, Hilton Cartwright, Stephen Eskinazi, James Fuller, Nick Gubbins, James Harris, Tom Helm, Max Holden, Ravi Patel, George Scott, John Simpson (wicketkeeper), Nathan Sowter and Paul Stirling. However, I believe that Malan was initially named in our squad for yesterday's match yet was later withdrawn, so I am uncertain whether he will be made available despite it not looking likely he will be required for England v India.

Gloucestershire have named a 14-man squad for this match consisting of Michael Klinger (c), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, George Hankins, Benny Howell, Jack Taylor, Ryan Higgins, Graeme van Buuren, Thisara Perera, Gareth Roderick, Tom Smith, David Payne, Matt Taylor and Chris Liddle.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Fozzie (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 16:23
Mentally preparing myself for endless renditions of Three Lions at Uxbridge tomorrow....

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
rod/ed (IP Logged)
07 July, 2018 20:11
Although DB might yet prove to be a match winner, I'd like to see James Harris get a game,certainly before the CC v Warwickshire. He's been taking wickets and scoring runs. If left to sit on the sidelines (or in his case go for a cycle ride ) he'll be undercooked on return just like at Leicester when Murts was quoted " bowlers need to bowl ".
Then again, the T20 coach isn't paid to worry about CC performance.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 06:12
Fear not, Dingy Bags (Dcool smiley is a proven match winner!

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
snicko (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 15:39
Whoever selects the starting X1 fr these white ball games needs to be dispensed with.

Madness !!!!

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 16:24
Another coach

Another competition.

Result- Same, same.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
BREARS (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 16:35
Getting to the stage where I just don’t care

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 19:10
I think the difference between the two sides was that Middlesex lost early wickets, whereas Gloucestershire didn’t. As I am obsessed with the statistic that apparently a team is 90% likely to lose if they lose three wickets inside the first six overs of a Twenty20 innings, it was bad news that we did exactly that, and then found ourselves five down after 9 overs. Throughout most of our innings, I thought to myself that we would probably make little more than 140 (if that) and would have to take early wickets ourselves if we were to win. Thankfully, Dwayne Bravo and James Fuller helped us score 75 off the final six overs to take us to the dizzy heights of 160, but I still felt that we would need early wickets to win. We Glos batted, those early wickets didn’t come, while there weren’t any long periods when the runs dried up, so I never had much doubt that Glos would win.

Fuller has spoken to our YouTube page about this match:

I was surprised that both teams selected just one specialist spinner. As Tom Smith was very economical, maybe Ravi Patel should have retained his place. The omission of Patel gave an opportunity to George Scott. I would like Scott to do well, but the fact he batted at seven and didn’t bowl made it a strange selection.

The dismissal of Bravo meant that I have “seen” a batsman be hit wicket on three occasions. My use of inverted commas is a reference to the fact that on each occasion, it is not immediately clear what happened. I think that Bravo trod on his stumps after playing a shot. That was the circumstances of the two other instances of hit wicket at which I have been present. Bravo’s innings of 34 off 27, his two wickets and his economy identical to our run rate represented a decent performance, but we could do with some superstar performances, not merely decent.

We still have 11 matches to play, but we could do with putting a run of wins together at some stage. 11 is also the amount of days we have until our next match, which will be a week on Thursday when we play Somerset at Lord’s, before playing Hampshire at the Rose Bowl the following evening. We could do with winning at least one of those matches, as two defeats would leave us with a mountain to climb. The fact our defeats on Friday and today came after we bowled most of our overs at least helps our net run rate, although I don’t know whether it will have much of a positive effect on our players’ confidence ahead of our next two matches.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
BarmierKev (IP Logged)
08 July, 2018 20:51
I heard Ravi was injured which is why he didn't play.

We were outclassed in every area especially fielding and Glous had more urgency running between the wickets.

I feel it would be a good idea in this format to have JK betting higher up.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
08 July, 2018 23:48
Bit unfortunate that Malan was released by England because at present carrying drinks is about the only thing he's fit for - 2 runs from 2 games is poor to say the least.
I'm sorry to have come to this conclusion but whatever form of the game we play and whoever the coach is we are very mediocore.
I think we all know the team will string a couple of results together to raise our hopes but at the end of the day we are only there to make up the numbers

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
09 July, 2018 10:58
The usual story in our white ball cricket. Not pacing the innings. Lost three wickets in the powerplay and five by the ninth over.

Leaving not much left for the business end. All the punters knew we were around 20 25 runs short at the interval.

One of the top four has to bat through in whiteball cricket. Only one, Stirlo has managed that and when he has, hey presto we have chalked up wins.

As mentioned Glos out cricket was better than ours on a very fast outfield.

Higgo did remove Esky who for awhile looked as though he could get the score needed.

Also a case for JK Fuller to move up the order.

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
11 July, 2018 20:10

Re: Middlesex v Gloucestershire T20 8th July
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
13 July, 2018 11:26
Cricket Paper today. Michael Klinger Gloucs T20 captain. Quote. Very happy with Higgo's T20 contributions to date. His signing has deepened their squad depth in all forms says MK.

Gloucs two wins out of 3 and a superior runrate are in a somewhat better position in a tight group than MX right now.

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