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Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Discussion started by Jonathan Winsky , 07 August, 2020 20:11
Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 07 August, 2020 20:11
Middlesex will tomorrow begin the second match of their Bob Willis Trophy campaign against Hampshire at Radlett. We will be looking for a result similar to our win v Surrey at The Oval, while Hants will be looking to join us in having a win to their name after they lost by 94 runs v Sussex at Hove.

We have named a 14-man squad for this match consisting of Stevie Eskinazi, Martin Andersson, Miguel Cummins, Nick Gubbins, James Harris, Tom Helm, Max Holden, Tom Lace, Tim Murtagh, Sam Robson, Toby Roland-Jones, John Simpson (wicket-keeper), Nathan Sowter and Thilan Walallawita. It includes everyone who played last week v Surrey.

I am not sure whether there is a possibility of Lace playing, but TRJ and Helm must have a chance considering we are likely to make changes to our bowling attack across this competition. I imagine that we will be reluctant to leave out Murtagh and Cummins after they bowled well at The Oval, and the fact that it sounds like Radlett will be conducive to spin means that it would be a surprise if one or both of Sowter and Walallawita miss out, so that is not good news for Harris. It sounds like there are no worries about Steven Finn and Ethan Bamber’s fitness, so hopefully they will be in contention to play at some point.

Hampshire have named a 15-man squad for this match consisting of Sam Northeast (17) Captain, Keith Barker (13), Tom Alsop (9), Ian Holland (22), James Fuller (26), Lewis McManus (18), Oli Soames (27), Felix Organ (3), Harry Came (4), Scott Currie (44), Ajeet Dale (39), Mason Crane (32), Joe Weatherley (5), Ryan Stevenson (47) and Liam Dawson (8). No doubt Crane and Dawson will be looking forward to this match.

Gubbins has spoken to the Evening Standard and The Cricketer about various things, with perhaps the two most interesting things being that he very much fancies himself as a bowler (albeit more in limited-overs cricket), and that he discloses that Walallawita used to work night shifts at a petrol station before he had signed a contract at Middlesex, which raises questions as to why ECB appear to be unconvinced that Walallawita is worthy of being considered as a fully-fledged UK citizen.

Middlesex have boasted about how high they hope the streaming of this and subsequent home matches will be, with the stream being complemented with commentary from Isabelle Westbury and Adam Collins rather than simply taking the feed from that provided on radio by Kevin Hand and his Hampshire counterpart. However, I cannot see this stream coming close to compensating for the fact that no spectators can attend, as it is sad to think that there will be no applauding of various incidents and no possibility of an MTWD eyewitness report which includes an alternative perspective of incidents I had witnessed or which can fill me in on incidents when I was not following the match. I might watch the stream every now and then, but I can’t be bothered to spend long periods watching cricket on a screen.

Stuart Law has spoken to our YouTube page ahead of this match:





Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 17/08/2020 16:32 by BarmierKev.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
BeefyRoberts 08 August, 2020 09:08
Good to hear a confident SL on interview, saying the group have a good feel around them, and all playing with smiles on face.
Admitting we are going into game as underdogs playing another 1st division county.
Praising Eski captaincy as well.
Weather set fine for all 4 days, another empty ground.
Let's hope we can push on for another victory.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 08 August, 2020 10:44
As Hampshire decided to bowl after winning the toss, maybe the possibility of batting last is not something which worries them.

Middlesex have made one change from last week’s win v Surrey at The Oval, with Tom Helm replacing Miguel Cummins despite Cummins playing a key role towards the end of that win. We are continuing with two spinners, but Hampshire have not included Mason Crane.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
adelaide 08 August, 2020 11:42
The scoreboard on the feed told me that Nick Gubbins was out before James Fuller had started his run up for the ball that he got himself out to. That's not on.


Adelaide

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
wembleylion 08 August, 2020 11:57
Picture and sound both poor, advert comes on and obliterates screen while play is going on, hope this gets better.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
BeefyRoberts 08 August, 2020 11:58
Also watching the feed, and, yep, it's a bit out of sync.
Mind you, it's the club first attempt to do this with extra cameras so I would expect some teething problems.
No doubt will all get sorted out by the techie experts.
36-2 and drinks.
Wouldn't want to be out in the open in this humid weather!

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 08 August, 2020 12:38
The stream certainly doesn’t rival the quality of Sky’s international cricket coverage, although I imagine that Middlesex will be hopeful that improvements can be made as time goes on.

It hasn’t been the best of days so far for us on the field either. Hopefully we will get a couple of good partnerships at some point.

Tom Helm was awarded a ‘ceremonial cap’ before play today, although I don’t know if that is the same as a county cap, as Thilan Walallawita was awarded a cap of some sort before last week’s match despite having not previously played for our first team. Then again, Walallawita is our official overseas player (or unqualified player, to use the new title for this position), so I suppose that he ought to be a capped player! Maybe Helm’s cap is indeed his county cap, and that Walallawita wasn’t actually awarded a county cap, but was simply given a cap as part of his kit.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 08 August, 2020 19:30
It remains to be seen how competitive Middlesex’s first innings total of 252 turns out to be, but at least we took two wickets before the close.

I am delighted about Martin Andersson being in the runs today after scoring 51 v Surrey at The Oval, as my hopes that we have finally found a long-term replacement for Gareth Berg (who last played for us in April 2014) lie with him.

I assumed that James Harris would be the likeliest player to make way in the event of us making changes to our bowling attack, but the decision to keep him in the side reaped dividends considering he took two wickets before the close. The decision to bring in Tom Helm also reaped dividends considering he scored more runs than all but two of our batsmen to earn us a second batting point, and he bowled economically.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 08 August, 2020 21:47
Martin Andersson has spoken to Middlesex’s YouTube page about today:


Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 09 August, 2020 09:30
Don't mind being proved wrong but looks 70 runs short.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
adelaide 09 August, 2020 11:03
The feed and scorecard got synchronised by the time I looked back in, which unfortunately was just before Andersson got out.

Let's just say that other aspects need improvement. Izzy Westbury was barely audible on commentary (which should be easily fixable) and let's just say that her Aussie co-commentator is no Richie Benaud (which isn't). Replays of he ball crossing the boundary and not of the shot, and no replay of Andersson's lbw (which looked plumb at first glance).

I imagine that the whole thing is sponsored, hence the commercial plugs which you would not get on a BBC commentary - which is probably why we have not got it.

It is a lot better than nothing, of course.

Organ cut off in his prime and the dangerous Barker deprived of his opportunity to bat till lunch, so very much in the balance. The outfield is clearly parched and a box while fielding would be absolutely essential!



Adelaide

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
freddie tittlemouse 09 August, 2020 11:04
Eskinazi obviously has some technical deficiency which only manifests itself when he gets to 18. That's three 18s on the trot.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 09 August, 2020 16:59
It looks like Middlesex will have to bat well to have a lot of runs to defend in the fourth innings.

We haven’t given Thilan Walallawita many overs today, as he bowled just 3 of the first 67 overs, then came on for a 2 over spell in which he dismissed Sam Northeast to end a period of 40.3 overs without the team taking a wicket, then he wasn’t seen again in the attack until the 86th over.

Hopefully we will take some wickets when the second new ball soon becomes available.

Martin Andersson has spoken to The Cricketer.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 09 August, 2020 18:31
It doesn’t appear to have been the greatest of days for Middlesex considering that we took just three wickets in the 85.2 overs between dismissing Tom Alsop early in the day and Harry Came late in the day.

I feel guilty that we could end up being beneficiaries of Liam Dawson appearing to suffer a leg injury which forced him to be stretchered off and which would make it a surprise if he is able to participate further in this match. Were Dawson not to be able to bat, then we would start tomorrow two wickets away from having Hampshire all out, meaning that we may not have as large a first innings deficit as at one stage looked likely. Were Dawson not to be able to bowl, then they would still have Came as well as the likes of Felix Organ and Joe Weatherley who can bowl spin, although being without Dawson may not be a big blow considering that spin has yet to play a massive role in this match, although the situation could be different on days three and four. Middlesex have written on Twitter “We are hearing from the medical team that Liam Dawson has unfortunately got a lower leg injury and is currently being further assessed”.

As I am aware of what James Fuller can do with the bat, I am far from certain that our second innings will start early on day three.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 09 August, 2020 19:38
The not Ritchie Benaud , Adelaide, is a bloke called Adam Collins. Writes in the Cricket Paper and is presumably covering our game. Looks from JW said that Dawson will not take any further part.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 09 August, 2020 19:41
JK with 73 won our match with Warwickshire in 2018. Our first at Lord's since 1983.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 09 August, 2020 19:41
JK with 73 won our match with Warwickshire in 2018. Our first at Lord's since 1983.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 09 August, 2020 20:44
Tim Murtagh has spoken to Middlesex’s YouTube page about today:


Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Fozzie 10 August, 2020 09:03
Liam Dawson has Tweeted that his injury doesn't look good, and he will see what the specialist says in a couple of days. That sounds as if he is definitely not going to be taking any further part in the current match.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/08/2020 15:13 by Fozzie.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
tallliman 10 August, 2020 14:26
Just wanted to report Eskinazi has moved onto 19 after 3 consecutive 18's.

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