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Re: Middlesex 2nds this year.
Posted by: Rogers and Out
Date: 04/08/2017 21:27
Seaxe Man and myself spent a pleasant day at Coggeshall Town cricket club, where our Second XI were taking on Essex in a T20 double header. Two wins would have given us a chance of overtaking Hampshire on run rate in second place and qualifying for Finals' Day at Arundel next Thursday.

These two games formed part of the Coggeshall Town cricket festival and a large crowd by Second XI standards was present, with a marquee, sponsored lunch, beer festival and other food and drink outlets available.

We batted first in both games and registered 179/4 in game one, with 39 from Martin Andersson and an unbeaten 65 from 'keeper Robbie White.

Essex looked to be cruising to victory on 135/2 with several overs in hand with Velani's 88 looking like the key innings, although I believe he was dropped in the very first over when two of our fielders collided and the chance went down.

However, on his dismissal, Essex collapsed, losing 6/13 with Luke Holman taking 5/27 and the pacey Alfie Duke 2/24. We were looking to be in the box seat now, with Essex needing 28 from the last two overs with two wickets in hand.

However, a series of wides, no balls and a missed run out saw our hosts scramble home by a single wicket despite Martin Andersson clean bowling Ali in the final over.

With our hopes of qualification dashed, we batted first again in game two. Tom Lace made a useful 54, backed up by Josh De Caires' 26 and captain George Scott's unbeaten 68. We finished on 191/5.

We were more successful with the ball second time round and restricted Essex to 165/7, thus winning by 26 runs. Alfie Duke again bowled well with figures of 2/14 and there was a nasty looking shoulder injury to Savin Perera when he attempted to make a diving catch. He was incapacitated for a few minutes but was fortunately able to continue playing.

So we missed out by a couple of points, finishing third behind Sussex and Hampshire. However, it was good to see a Middlesex team who actually have an idea on how to play T20 cricket.

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