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In a losing cause

By London Leprechaun
August 23 2019

London Leprechaun's report on yesterday's T20 defeat is a bit like the match.  It's a cameo of a report ending in a bit of an anti climax.

After the decision at Sussex to bat first, my main thought before the match was what we might do at the toss.  Fortunately Hampshire won the toss so that decision was out of our hands.  Unfortunately they got it dead right in putting us in.  They got to assess the pace of the pitch, we took too long to get the hang of it.  The result was that we got a series of top order cameos with everyone managing to get themselves in, then got themselves out swinging on a wicket that was too slow for swinging.  Only when  Hafeez and Simpson were together did we manage a partnership that used the pace of the pitch properly; that is keep the ball on the ground, run the ones and twos and hit the bad balls into the stands. But even they were still swinging a bit too often, though they managed to get away with balls falling short of fielders.  Hafeez looked solid if not spectacular and did manage to  run three thanks to a double misfield and overthrow.  But that was Hampshire’s only real comedy moment of the night. And in the end Hafeez was one of the many who got out swinging. Even so we should probably have managed to get more then 128. But when Simmo was out top edging a high bouncer that could possibly have been called a no ball on height, the innings completely subsided.  Our long tail manged seven runs and six wickets in just two overs as Hampshire just bowled straight to swishing batsmen. 
We needed early wickets but Hampshire batted the right way early on and with a low total never really looked in trouble.  Vince was a class above everybody tonight with clever shots all round the wicket and generally along the ground.  Hafeez opened the bowling and a bit like his batting looked solid rather then threatening.  
The only wickets we took were again from mishits aerial shots; one so high in the air that Middlesex fielders had plenty of time for a conference to decide who was going to catch it.  Vince stayed in until the game was done, a load of people left early, Barber bowled when it was too late to make a difference and the game was all over early.
The T20 tournament cost us momentum in the Championship; let’s hope the Sussex Championship game has not cost us momentum in the T20. 

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Discussion started by Middlesex till we die , 23/08/2019 16:06
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23/08/2019 17:25
Interestingly, Hampshire didn't hit a single 6 in their innings - a very professional performance from Vince and Dawson. They also looked much sharper in the field than us. Overall we looked very flat.

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