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Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
BarmierKev 10 August, 2020 14:29
Was about to make same announcement having been stuck on 18 for a very long time.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Fozzie 10 August, 2020 15:20
This looks like it risks becoming a real wasted opportunity. With Stevenson joining Dawson in being possibly out of the match, Hampshire have just 3 frontline bowlers. On a scorching day at Radlett, surely we should be looking to bat them into the ground. Instead we're breezing merrily along, 161-5 with a lead of just 117. All the top 5 batsmen have got starts, but the highest score is just 46 and nobody else has got out of the twenties. Some serious application would be welcome.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
tallliman 10 August, 2020 15:42
I agree Fozzie as I keep an eye on the stream.

Tire the bowlers out and make hay. We need the tail to wag....

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Deckchair 10 August, 2020 17:50
This will be a good one to win from here ( Hants need 124 with nine wickets left), but I not optimistic. Once again our batting is proving too lax and fragile at the top, and too wobbly in the middle. Think we have thrown this one away when the advantage was with us.
Miracle please.

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Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
freddie tittlemouse 10 August, 2020 18:50
The tail does not inspire confidence either. Sowter at 8?

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 10 August, 2020 19:12
The batting hasn't delivered consistently for the past three years and arguably since Chris Rogers left. Where is Tom Lace,? Topped Derby batting last year. Bowlers trying hard to defend a likely inadequate total. Though I would be chuffed if proved wrong. 70 more in first innings was needed.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 10 August, 2020 19:29
It would go down as a good achievement if Middlesex win from this position. If we can take some wickets and keep the scoring down in the first hour or so tomorrow, then a victory is very much possible, especially if one or both of Liam Dawson and Ryan Stevenson are unable to bat. If the first hour or so of tomorrow doesn’t go Middlesex’s way, then a win for us would become a great achievement.

Jonathan Winsky yesterday
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

Well, I wrote that Felix Organ is a capable spinner, and I was unfortunately proven correct as he took 4-42. However, I am not sure why Harry came Came along to play in this match Harry Came came along to play in this match (I had a desperation all day to write that!), as I assumed that he was a specialist spinner considering he batted at 8 in the first innings, and I saw that he was a ‘Right-arm offbreak’ bowler when I looked at his Cricinfo profile yesterday, although when I looked again just now to double-check, I noticed that he had bowled in just one of his ‘Recent matches’, so clearly bowling doesn’t play a big part of his game. I hope that Came will be required to bat tomorrow, otherwise Hampshire will have surely won.

The fact that Organ took four wickets will give hope to Thilan Walallawita and Nathan Sowter. Walallawita appears to have been under-bowled in this match so far considering he bowled the fewest overs in Hampshire’s first innings and the joint-fewest so far in Hants’ second innings, yet has nonetheless taken a wicket in each innings, so maybe he will play a big role tomorrow.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 10 August, 2020 19:54
Let us hope so JW.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 10 August, 2020 22:03
Middlesex seem to feel that Thilan Walallawita may have a big role to play tomorrow on a day four pitch at a ground he knows well, as he was put up to speak to our YouTube page about today:

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Bring back the Crusaders 10 August, 2020 23:53
Does anyone seriously believe we will win this game? Lace in for for Robson for the match against Kent. Is TRJ injured?

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 11 August, 2020 09:36
Agree Crusader. Robson struggling and when the openers do, so does the team. Top three for me. Holden, Gubbo, Lace. As you say, winning from here a stretch. Sowts and Lilan on a dusty pitch made hard work for Hants. But time on their side.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 11 August, 2020 09:38
TRJ played for Sunbury last weekend.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
pantherlike 11 August, 2020 13:32
Thanks to the club for putting up the live stream, I’m finally able to watch a game of Middx red ball cricket! It’s been quite a while!

Quite a number of observations could be made, but given its lunch on the last day with a game in the balance I think I’m hardly alone in hoping young Sam gives the ball back to Dial M on the resumption of play. He’s the only guy disciplined and experienced enough to keep the tight length going and get the last wicket(s)....

Must be the heat, but Harris and Helm just weren’t tight enough to support Murts.

Perhaps Sowter could have been a better option than Harris, we’ll never know. On Sowter: if only he’d held that catch!

Young Weatherley is clearly MoM having spent the entire game on the field in that heat!

The ground is hardly first class standard but then again these are crazy times! Hope everyone is staying safe from the virus and hoping the Middle can make it 2 from 2 in the middle session!

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
freddie tittlemouse 11 August, 2020 13:46
Will the hospital cases bat? Bert Trautmann broke his neck in the 1956 cup final and played out the game so why should they not?

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
pantherlike 11 August, 2020 14:21
Well that’s a bitter pill to have to swallow!

Hants 2 and a half players down and win anyway!

That lost ball after Barker’s first boundary was a big moment as that replacement ball didn’t do anywhere near as much

Couldn’t believe Walallawita didn’t stay on with Murts

For all the bowlers in the team, only those two were worth it in the final pickings

Hot day and difficult to keep a score down, that second innings collapse was definitely the difference between the teams; another 50 runs would’ve likely been enough....

Anyway, onward we go, looking forward to watching a bit of the next stream!

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
BarmierKev 11 August, 2020 15:35
At the end of the day we could not beat an injury affected team. We seemed to give Barker far too many easy singles.

Sorry will say it shame no spectators whatsoever allowed in person.

Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Jonathan Winsky 11 August, 2020 19:56
I wasn’t sure whether or not one or both of Liam Dawson and Ryan Stevenson would be able to bat, but I made the assumption that neither could bat when I followed the match, and that Middlesex would need to have Hampshire eight wickets down to win or tie. On that basis, it was a real disappointment that Hampshire were able to win considering they needed 50 to win when the seventh wicket fell. As it happened, the Press Association reports of today say that Stevenson would have been able to bat with a runner, although the reports add that Keith Barker was hobbling with a foot injury.

Considering the injuries in the Hampshire camp, it would have felt a bit hollow had Middlesex recorded a tight win, so I cannot argue with the result. We should really have capitalised more on Hampshire’s injuries, certainly when we batted yesterday.

Seeing that Tim Murtagh was once again in the wickets was bittersweet, as we will surely have to play at least one match without him if we rotate our seamers. Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn and Ethan Bamber are yet to play in this competition, and I imagine that our management would like to get Miguel Cummins back into our side. However, there is nothing bitter about Thilan Walallawita taking wickets.

It would be nice if Tom Lace gets a game at some point in this competition.

Stevie Eskinazi has spoken to our YouTube page about this result:

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Bring back the Crusaders 11 August, 2020 23:08
It's been the story of the last couple of seasons ..................we were about 50 runs short.
Still we have been brought back down to earth after all the hype beating a Surrey 2nd XI.
Would be nice if Eskinazi could contribute a few runs - it's either him or Robson for Lace surely

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
adelaide 12 August, 2020 00:51
This is one of the problems with making the captain a player who otherwise would not be sure of selection. Even if he were to deserve being dropped, he is very unlikely to be.

Of course his form is on the up as he got to 29 in the second innings!

Murtagh and Walallawita were excellent this morning. From what I have seen Sowter is yet to demonstrate that he is a red ball spinner and he was untidy when he came on. Tom Helm only got on for the last knockings. I did wonder if he should have been used to pepper the doughty Barker in order to test his movement but he could easily have gone for more than James Harris did. The difference in intensity when Murtagh was bowling, rather than Harris or Helm, is quite striking. He really is a diamond, though not in the Wayne Daniel sense!

Having said all that, the major problem remains the batting, which is no surprise after last year.


Re: Middlesex v Hampshire, 8-11 August
Seaxe_man1 12 August, 2020 16:14
A fair summary Adelaide. The batting remains a problem. All have demonstrated that they can get a score. The trick is doing that consistently. 250 is not likely to win many games and the bowlers did well to limit the deficit to 44. However that proved in the end to be the difference.

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