Middlesex fall to Sharks in Lords Thriller. 3rd August 2018

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2nd AUGUST  2018

                         MIDDLESEX        vs      SUSSEX

                            Vitality Blast    Tuesday 2nd August 2018

                                    Peter Moore at Lords

                                         SUSSEX   168(19.4)       MIDDLESEX  156-7(20)

                                                     Sussex won by 12 runs

A dramatic last ball over hat trick from Jofra Archer ensured Sussex pulled of a 12 run victory against Middlesex at Lords. Archer, grabbed the key wicket of Morgan for 90, just as it looked like England’s White Ball Captain had got the home side over the line.

Sussex won the toss and elected to bat first on a glorious August evening in London. Openers Luke Wright and Philip Salt took 18 of Steve Finn’s opening over before Ryan Patel struck with his fourth delivery when Luke Wright(5) was caught at deep gully in the second over.

Salt reached a half century of just 19 deliveries when next ball he was bowled by Ashton Agar to leave the visitors 67 for 2 at the end of the powerplay. Agar struck again three overs later to bowl Laurie Evans(9) and also had Tom Bruce(9) caught in the deep, to finish with 3 for 41 of his four overs. Patel was then introduced back into the attack and struck by bowling Michael Burgess(12) as Middlesex kept a tight stranglehold on the game. The hosts to their credit bowled well at the latter part of the innings and stuck to their task with some tight bowling, despite Bermudan Delray Rawlins, who finished one short of a half century.

Youngster Tom Barber produced a superb penultimate over of the innings to claim the wickets of Jofra Archer(6), David Wiese(12) and Chris Jordan(1), to claim best ever List A figures of 4-28, as Sussex were bowled out for 168.

Disaster struck Middlesex’s reply in pursuit of 169 to win when Paul Stirling(0) was caught in the covers to leave Middlesex 1-1 after two deliveries. Max Holden(8) was caught off spinner Danny Briggs to leave Middlesex 25 for 2 in the fifth over as the hosts were put under pressure by the visitors. It was down to Eoin Morgan and Nick Gubbins to get the hosts back into the contest with a partnership of 56 in six overs before Gubbins(25) came down the pitch to a delivery from Briggs and was stumped. Morgan posted his half century off 32 deliveries with Middlesex requiring 76 to win off 42 balls.

The hosts reduced the target to 38 needed off 18 balls, with Morgan the man hoping to see Middlesex through to victory. With eight coming off the penultimate over from Chris Jordan, Middlesex were left with 16 for victory off the final over bowled by Jofra Archer. With 14 left of four balls, Morgan’s heroics came to an end as he holed out at long on for 90- his highest T20 score-scored of 56 balls. Archer then had Simpson(12) and James Fuller(0) to claim a hat trick and seal victory for Sussex by 12 runs.

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