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Robinson does not treat Middlesex cordially

Middlesex overpowered

By Rogers and Out
August 10 2019

Rogers and Out report on the Sussex T20 game starts with Middlesex's  lack of batting power as they were outgunned by Sussex and ends with the travel problems caused by the London power failures. In between there was a disappointing game of cricket. 

A strong, well drilled Sussex side proved too powerful for a Middlesex team depleted by the absence of AB De Villiers and Eoin Morgan at a surprisingly dry Hove on Friday evening.
Our nemesis Ollie Robinson quickly took three top order wickets and although Stevie Eskinazi and Toby Roland-Jones enabled us to reach 127/6 after a 76 run partnership, Sussex were always ahead of the game despite good bowling by Nathan Sowter who took three wickets.
My day had started badly due to excessive celebration the previous evening after our fine win against Surrey. My plan to visit the Royal Pavilion went west although I did enjoy an excellent fish and chip lunch with QPR Chris on the seafront.
We also visited the Hove museum where we saw Dan Dare's chair and learnt that Michael Bevan is a Sussex cricket legend, along with CB Fry, Ted Dexter, John Snow and Imran Khan.
After some refreshment in the Palmeira, we joined the Middlesex faithful and took our seats in the temporary stand at the Cromwell Road end.
Dan Lincoln and George Scott replaced De Villiers and Morgan in our line up. Sussex won the toss and Luke Wright had no hesitation in putting us in to bat.
It proved a wise decision. Danny Briggs bowled the first over for just two runs including a wide. Stirlo was looking a little out of touch and although he did manage to find the boundary once, he soon lofted a Jordan delivery to Rawlins in the deep leaving us on 14/1 in the third over.
Robinson then took over with three quick wickets. Lincoln played on for nought, Malan edged behind to Carey and Simmo was snaffled by Wiese down the leg side.
23/4 became 40/5 with Scott leg before to Briggs.
Eski and TR-J painstakingly attempted to repair the damage but with a run rate of around 4.5 per over, we were well and truly in the mire.
A band started to play in front of us and their ability matched that of our top order, so we were grateful when they desisted during Sussex's innings.
Toby made a decent forty runs before Robinson flattened his stumps and Eski was unbeaten on 57 from 48 balls.
With the absence of the rain forecasted, it was going to take a gargantuan effort to get anything out of the game. Although we took wickets on a regular basis, Sussex were scoring at a rate of around 7-8 runs per over and were always in control.
Nathan Sowter took a great catch on the boundary to dismiss Salt early on from the bowling of Helm. After a couple of powerfully hit fours, Laurie Evans departed soon after, edging Mujeeb to Malan at slip.
Sussex were 15/2 in the third over, but Wright and Alex Carey soon started scoring freely. It was a surprise when Wright holed out to Malan at mid off from the bowling of Toby for 26 but this brought the explosive batting of David Wiese to the crease.
Steven Finn had a night to remember against Surrey at Lord's but in a reversal of fortune, Wiese was soon smashing him all over the park. To add insult to injury, he saw Tom Helm drop Carey at third man off his own bowling
Wiese's fireworks ended when Finny did well to hang on to a howitzer of a shot at long on from a Sowter delivery. His innings of 26 runs from 15 balls left Sussex needing just 35 runs from 52 balls for victory.Despite Nathan picking up two more wickets, including that of the excellent Carey, we were never in with a realistic chance, and Sussex won by four wickets with 22 balls left.
It was always going to be a struggle without our star players, but at least we avoided a complete trouncing, which looked very likely at 23/4 and 40/5.
The slightly early finish was good news for us weary travellers, given the non running of the Thameslink and other services due to the power problems. I was happy to walk into my house at 01.00 after a tough but still enjoyable day.

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Robinson does not treat Middlesex cordially
Discussion started by Middlesex till we die , 10/08/2019 17:08
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10/08/2019 17:52
Well summed up Mick,the band....oh dear!
As you say,Eski and Toby got runs to get us out of the little hole we were in,but not enough.
A strong Sussex side.
Last thing you needed was the travel problems back home.

12/08/2019 11:27
Your usual interesting observations Mick. I personally was impressed with Luke Wright's field placement of field positions on the 30 yard circle during the powerplay.

He was backed up by his fielders and we found it impossible to pierce. Hence 23 for 4 off of six overs and game pretty much over.

12/08/2019 12:01
Your usual interesting observations Mick. I personally was impressed with Luke Wright's field placement of field positions on the 30 yard circle during the powerplay.
He was backed up by his fielders and we found it impossible to pierce. Hence 23 for 4 off of six overs and game pretty much over.
SM - That's an interesting comment. The other side of the equation is that bowlers also have to be skilful enough to bowl to that field.


12/08/2019 12:27
Comment by Robert Key on Sky pertaining to the Sussex attack. Quote RK ' Sussex have the best attack in either division North or South'.

On this occasion last Friday night, Adelaide, they lived up to that. However, they also needed and got the back up of the 30 yard circle fielders who fielded like tigers.

Such that our best shots were cut off or kept to a single.

I keep a note of the over scores as we progress and in the powerplay over 3 produced 7 runs and a wicket and over 5, a further 8 runs and a wicket. The other 4 overs produced 8 runs and two more wickets.

As far as I can recall, definitely our worst powerplay in our potted T20 history.

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13/08/2019 03:18
Tom Helm dropped Carey at third man off his own bowling? Must've gone a long way up!!

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