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Middlesex win thanks to a Stupid Fakhar

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By Rogers and Out
July 27 2019

Rogers and Out reports on how we surpassed our total of T20 wins from last season in just the fourth game of this year's campaign as we chalked up an eight wicket victory over Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens on what was a relatively cool evening given the recent heatwave.

We restricted Glamorgan to a total of 136 with some excellent bowling all round. Toby took five wickets including a last over hat trick. Finny bowled as well as I've seen recently with excellent use of the short ball. Mujeeb was very good - terrific economy with just 17 runs off his four overs. Although Tom Helm was smashed around the park by both Cooke and Douthwaite in his last two overs, his first two went for just two runs including a wicket which kept the Welshman at bay in the early stages. Nathan wasn't at his very best but still managed to capture an important wicket.

On the batting front, Eski was brilliant especially considering he took a nasty blow to the face in the field attempting a difficult catch towards the end of the Glamorgan innings. I wasn't sure that he would be able to bat, but his 51 runs from 29 balls including seven fours and two sixes enabled Mala to play the anchor role. This he did with aplomb batting all the way through for an unbeaten 45 and so steering us to victory.

Max Holden, who came into the side for Nick Gubbins (AB's injury picked up at the Oval again prevented his selection), scored a not out 30 runs from 24 balls, but he struggled at times, especially off the bowling of Wagg, and it took the introduction of Salter back into the attack to propel his score.

However, arguably the moment of the match was the sensational catch taken by Dan Lincoln at long on to dismiss Douthwaite off TRJ's bowling, which was the second wicket in his hat trick. I thought he would do well to prevent the boundary but he managed to pouch it in his outstretched right hand. Even the Glamorgan fans rose to give him a deserved standing ovation. I have seen him play several times for Bognor Regis Town FC and he is an excellent goalkeeper. My mate Bognor Paul reckons he was able to take the catch due to the amount of practice he gets down at Nyewood Lane.

We won the toss and chose to insert Glamorgan on a pitch with a greenish hue. Given their batting tribulations at the Oval the previous night, this was perhaps a wise decision and looking back, it most certainly was.

Pakistani import Fakhar Zaman departed in the first over for nought, caught by Max off the bowling of Helmo at a shortish fine leg. Silly Fakhar a game to forget. His fielding was atrocious and his fumbling on the boundary allowed Max Holden to get a much needed boundary which ignited his innings.

The dangerous Colin Ingram was next in and he and David Lloyd knocked it around tidily but not at a great scoring rate. Ingram eventually miscued a Ro Jo delivery to Finny in the deep and he took a good catch.

Lloyd and Billy Root attempted to rebuild the innings but they both eventually holed out for scores in the twenties.

Our good bowling was severely restricting our hosts and they were 94/5 with just four overs to go. However, Chris Cooke took a liking to Tom's bowling in the 17th over with 24 runs coming from it. It was left to Toby with his hat trick and Dan's fielding brilliance to keep the score to 136.

I foolishly tried to queue for a beer in the interval. I gave up in the end as we had commenced our innings, but I was enthused to hear no celebrations from the boys and girls from the Principality.

Eski was scoring at a rate of knots and Mala was happy to play second fiddle. He clocked up a fine half century but the very next ball, he edged Douthwaite to 'keeper Cooke.

Dan Lincoln came in at number three and looked confident after his decent effort at Cheltenham the day before. However, the pace of De Lange unsettled him and he holed out to Carey in the deep for eight. 

Max Holden was next in and looked very uncomfortable especially against the wily campaigner Wagg. It took an over from Salter to get him up and running, aided by poor fielding from Zaman as mentioned earlier.

It was only Wagg and De Lange who looked remotely like denying us victory, but in the end, we were comfortable winners with 16 balls to spare. Captain Malan batted through for a measured 45 unbeaten runs from 43 balls.

This ended my personal Middlesex tour of the West Country. It started on Wednesday with two T20 defeats for the Second XI at Bristol CC against Gloucestershire. Thursday saw the loss for the first team against the same opponents at Cheltenham. Despite these three defeats being close run affairs, it was great to see a win in Cardiff with by no means our strongest line up, and credit must go to the team for a really good all round performance.

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Discussion started by Middlesex till we die , 27/07/2019 09:34
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27/07/2019 09:45
Thanks Mick,sounds like a cracking catch from Lincoln,certainly making his mark in the side,which is good to see.Promoting from the seconds into t20 probably isn't easy,but he seems to be doing well.
You sure clock up the miles watching games!

27/07/2019 09:58
Does being goalkeeper for Bognor Regis trump being a Middlesex cricketer?

The seasons overlap, so I assume by mid-August Dan Lincoln will be required by Bognor Regis.

The press release seemed to imply it was for T20 only, but it is odd to sign an english 24 year old (as distinct from overseas) for a handful of games. Normally if you think someone is good enough you give them a full two year contract to see how they develop. This feels more like a 'sticking plaster' signing for just a few weeks.

This might become more common next year, with all teams needing a couple of 'Dan Lincoln' type recruits for the 50 over competition, when all the best players are conscripted to play 16.4 in empty stadiums.

I suspect this could be forward thinking for next year, as in, sign him for 50 overs only next year, which will be played from start of July to mid-August, so won't clash with his football commitments.

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27/07/2019 10:25
Thanks Mick, glad you had a good and to your tour of the SW. Following the action ball by ball on Cricinfo from holiday in Italy, the only time i started to get concerned was when Max managed to farm the strike for the first ten balls of his innings, scoring just 2 singles in the process. Fortunately he then hit 4-6-4 to alleviate any anxieties.

27/07/2019 15:20
Good report Mick. Lincoln's catch was Douthwaite's Gettysburg I guess.

Jonathan Winsky
28/07/2019 00:39
It seems that Dan Lincoln’s immediate focus is on prioritising playing cricket over football. An article in the Chichester Observer from 4th July said that he had yet to return to pre-season training for Bognor Regis Town FC or even give a commitment to the club, although the club were hopeful at that point of him playing for them this coming season. Fast forward to an article in the Bognor Regis Observer from 25th July which announced his Middlesex debut, and it said that he “is unlikely to return for” Bognor Regis Town.

It is difficult to determine which of the sports Lincoln would be better advised to focus on, as one sport gives him an opportunity to play regularly between August and May, albeit in the seventh tier of English domestic football, while the other sport has given him an opportunity to play at the highest level of English domestic cricket, although it is uncertain at this point whether it is something he will be good enough to do constantly over the next few years. Maybe things will go well and he is awarded a contract at Middlesex or another first-class county (even if it is a limited-overs-only contract), in which case focussing on cricket would turn out to be the way to go. Or maybe it ends up turning out that his ability can’t get higher than that of someone whose top level is the 2nd XI of a first-class county or the 1st XI of a minor county.

The fact the football and cricket seasons overlap often causes me to feel anxious about the possibility of Middlesex or Watford FC progressing far in a tournament, as it leads to the possibility of playing cup matches that coincide with matches involving the other club that I had set my heart on attending. When it seemed like there was a possibility last season of Watford’s league finishing position or FA Cup performance enabling them to enter the second qualifying round of this season's Europa League, I was anxious, as I knew it would coincide with Middlesex Twenty20 matches. In the end, Watford slipped to 11th and lost the FA Cup final 6-0 v Manchester City, which came as a bit of a relief, as I really look forward to attending Twenty20 matches. Now Middlesex are threatening to reach Twenty20 finals day, I am fearful I will be unable to attend Manchester City v Watford that day, for which I have already bought my train tickets, although I suppose it wouldn’t be a bad match to miss considering what happened the last time the two teams met!

If Middlesex reach finals day, I hope that all supporters who wish to get a ticket would be successful, as each county will receive an allocation of 750, although at least that is better than the 530 given to each county in 2018. It should be sufficient, as I don’t think we have 750 supporters who would see themselves as die-hard fans and would consequently turn the pursuit of tickets into a competition. I would also hope that Middlesex or the Seaxe Club could arrange some coaches there, having not done so in 2008, meaning I had to ask on MTWD for someone to give myself and Lower Mound a lift.

Thanks to our exploits in this campaign, we have three players in the top 10 of the PCA Most Valued Player rankings in this competition, with Dawid Malan 1st, Toby Roland-Jones 3rd and Tom Helm 10th.

28/07/2019 07:35
Thanks for the research on Dan Lincoln, Jonathan.

I reckon next year a few counties will be signing schoolteachers for T20.

It might seem far fetched, but suppose Nathan Sowter gets a hundred deal. Might the club re-sign Ravi Patel for six weeks (who I think is cricket master at MT's?)

I can't see clubs wanting to add to their wage bill by giving year round contracts to people who may only come in to the reckoning for 50 overs, when half the first team are missing, and they won't even be allowed to sign overseas players to fill the gaps.

Primrose Hillbilly
28/07/2019 09:43
Great report, Mick. Thank you.

Our trip to Worcester, which at one stage threatened to be our only CC victory, had me remembering all those names I saw play for them vs MCC one inaugural game before school started again.

I remember Glenn Turner, John Inchmore beefily smiting a six, d'Oliveira, ...and didn't Worcester also have Jim Cumbes on the strength as a seam bowler, who also was a respected goal keeper?

28/07/2019 15:35
Primrose Hillbilly
Great report, Mick. Thank you.
Our trip to Worcester, which at one stage threatened to be our only CC victory, had me remembering all those names I saw play for them vs MCC one inaugural game before school started again.

I remember Glenn Turner, John Inchmore beefily smiting a six, d'Oliveira, ...and didn't Worcester also have Jim Cumbes on the strength as a seam bowler, who also was a respected goal keeper?
. Yes they did PH. Worcs also had Jim Standen West Ham keeper and Ted Helmsley lb at Sheffield United number 3 bat at Worcs.

28/07/2019 15:37
Plus not forgetting from that era Neal Radford a character for sure.

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