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Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Discussion started by Jonathan Winsky , 21 July, 2019 10:11
Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Jonathan Winsky 21 July, 2019 10:11
After Middlesex’s win v Essex at Lord's on Thursday meant that we have not lost the opening match of our Twenty20 campaign since 2015, we will have to see whether we now revert to type and go on a losing streak, or whether we can build on that good start. We have not beaten Surrey at The Oval in this format since 2012 and have not won our first two Twenty20 matches since winning the competition in 2008, so hopefully we can put both records to bed. As this is our first of three matches in four days, our chances of reaching the knockout stages could look in great shape come Friday evening, or it could look damaged.

The day after this match will see England begin their Test v Ireland at Lord’s, which rules Paul Stirling out of our line-up, and Jason Roy, Rory Burns and Sam Curran out of Surrey’s line-up. Of members of England’s World Cup squad, we will still be without Eoin Morgan, but Surrey will have Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett available. I imagine that Stephen Eskinazi will replace Stirlo from our line-up from Thursday.

Despite this match taking place on a Tuesday evening rather in its usual place of a Friday evening (which is when Surrey enjoy staging matches) due to there being a need to cram in all the Twenty20 matches at The Oval, I imagine there will be a good attendance.

This will be the first of at least three times we will be live on Sky during the group stage, with the two other matches being the reverse fixture at Lord’s on Thursday 8th August and v Essex at Chelmsford on Wednesday 14th August. Whether there will be any more appearances will depend on if we or our opponents have anything to play for at the business end of the group stage.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 25/07/2019 20:52 by BarmierKev.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
tallliman 21 July, 2019 15:34
As this is the day before the test, I've bought a ticket. Does anyone know if I can get into the pavilion as a Mx member?

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Ivor's Tache 21 July, 2019 18:33
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tallliman
As this is the day before the test, I've bought a ticket. Does anyone know if I can get into the pavilion as a Mx member?

They stopped admitting visiting members to the Pavilion on T20 days a few years back.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
tallliman 21 July, 2019 20:01
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Ivor's Tache
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tallliman
As this is the day before the test, I've bought a ticket. Does anyone know if I can get into the pavilion as a Mx member?

They stopped admitting visiting members to the Pavilion on T20 days a few years back.

Thanks, that's disappointing!

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
chunkyinargyll 22 July, 2019 14:57
Squad named-

Malan (C), Barber, DeVilliers, Eskinazi, Finn, Gubbins, Helm, Harris, Holden, Roland-Jones, Scott, Simpson (wk), Sowter, Ur Rehman.

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Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Seaxe_man1 22 July, 2019 16:43
That looks like Malan. Esky. Gubbins. AB. Simmo.Harris. TRJ. Helm. Sowter. Finn. Ur Rahman.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
chunkyinargyll 22 July, 2019 17:03
That would be six front line bowlers, S_M.

I'd have Holden (maybe Scott) for Finn in your pick.

still leaves five bowlers, plus Malan and Holden or Scott if one of the five is unduly expensive.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Seaxe_man1 22 July, 2019 17:51
We need six chunky....death bowling still a problem ala v Essex..

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Jonathan Winsky 22 July, 2019 19:04
It would be a surprise if George Scott doesn’t play, as he is one of the few players in Middlesex’s squad who I feel confident can come to the crease in the middle-order and score quick runs to help us either post a good total or achieve our target. Excluding Scott and the players who tend to bat in the top five, I would say that most of the players in our squad are capable of scoring runs in the County Championship, although I wouldn’t like them to have the responsibility of batting in a Twenty20 match if there are more than five overs left in our innings, unless they bat high up the order as an old-fashioned pinch-hitter.

Surrey have named a 14-man squad for this match consisting of Jade Dernbach (c), Gareth Batty, Scott Borthwick, Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Aaron Finch, Ben Foakes, Will Jacks, Ryan Patel, Liam Plunkett, Ollie Pope, Mark Stoneman and Imran Tahir.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Seaxe_man1 22 July, 2019 19:31
The balance is tricky JW. As far down as Finn can score runs and we are minus Stirlo. Scott if he plays would likely replace Sowter who is good all-round fielder who can bat a bit or maybe Harris. We shall see.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
tallliman 22 July, 2019 19:44
I've always liked seeing 2 spinners in t20, the lack of pace on the ball has always been helpful to keep run rate down.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Seaxe_man1 23 July, 2019 08:11
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tallliman
I've always liked seeing 2 spinners in t20, the lack of pace on the ball has always been helpful to keep run rate down.
totally agree talliman. Mx have a small squad and we are not overloaded with T20 specialists in either batting or bowling so some compromises will be made. Our most successful one day sides included and played two spinners. In all sides you can see their effectiveness taking pace off the ball as you say.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
rod/ed 23 July, 2019 08:30
Spin to win .....as one of our departed used to say

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Primrose Hillbilly 23 July, 2019 17:24
I think you have to play at least two spinners, as the Oval is such a big ground, even with the ropes brought in.

Take the pace off the ball, invite the Mexicans to hit over the top or go for glory, and place your field accordingly.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
chunkyinargyll 23 July, 2019 19:53
No idea if we've got enough, but this was a bit like the Middlesex of old, with momentum lost the moment De Villiers was wrongly given out LBW (clear inside edge)

At least Scott got a move on towards the end, but i think Gubbins, Simpson or TRJ would have been a better option.

Highlight so far- Batty going for 22 in an over- taking his cap- and trudging away, masticating furiously.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Haringey Racer 23 July, 2019 20:05
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chunkyinargyll

Highlight so far- Batty going for 22 in an over- taking his cap- and trudging away, masticating furiously.

Makes a change from 4-12, doesn't it. Almost as much fun as the time I saw Owais Shah put Ravi Bopara over the trees at Southgate and into Waterfall Road three times in three balls.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
chunkyinargyll 23 July, 2019 21:20
Well, that's our four points for the season achieved in record time.

Can sit back and relax now!

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
Rocks&Boulders 23 July, 2019 21:28
Lovely jubbly, always great to beat that lot(the mexicans).
Harris for Finn on thursday.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
BeefyRoberts 23 July, 2019 21:30
Happy days,victory over bottom of table Mexicans.
AB finger injury bit of concern for us though.

Re: Surrey v Middlesex, 23rd July
rod/ed 23 July, 2019 21:55
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Rocks&Boulders
Lovely jubbly, always great to beat that lot(the mexicans).
Harris for Finn on thursday.

Two games in two days so Harry will probably get run out as the quicks get rotated

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