Surrey suffer opening T20 Blast loss against local rivals. 6th July 2018

 In Recent, SURREY CCC

 5th JULY 2018

                                 MIDDLESEX               SURREY

                         Vitality T20 Blast   Thursday 5th July 2018

                                  Peter  Moore at Lords

                                    Surrey                         Middlesex

                                       157-6 (20)                    161-7 (19)

                                           Middlesex won by three wickets

Middlesex opened their Vitality Blast T20 campaign with a hard fought three wicket victory against their London neighbours Surrey at a packed Lords on Thursday evening.

Paul Stirling turned in a man of the match performance with 3 wickets with the ball and a magnificent 66 off only 36 deliveries including 10 fours ant two sixes.

In front of a crowd of over 27,000 Surrey made 157 for 6 thanks to a half century from Rikki Clarke. Paul Stirling was the pick of the hosts attack, picking up 3 for 26. Middlesex looked well on course for victory at 88 for 1, but steadily lost wickets before 38 from Hilton Cartwright studied the ship and the nerves to see Middlesex across the line and record their fourth consecutive victory against Surrey at Lords in the T20 Blast.

Chasing 158 for victory, Middlesex lost Dawid Malan(2) in the third over, but for the home side Stirling was in terrific touch. He took 24 of an over from Morne Morkel , with his half century coming off just 22 balls. Stirling,did have one life, when he was put down on 60 by Gareth Batty, but the Surrey off spinner got his revenge when he had Stirling caught for 66 off 36 balls to leave Middlesex 88 for 2 in the tenth over. Batty struck next ball by having Nick Gubbins lbw for 13. Dwayne Bravo came out to face the hat trick delivery which he comfortably negotiated. The West Indian then holed out to Scott Borthwick at cover, having faced just two balls as Middlesex went from 89 for 1 to 89 for 5 as Morkel bagged two wickets in successive balls with the scalps of Stevie Eskinazi(0) and Bravo. As the hosts lost four wickets for one run off six balls.

With 36 required off 30 deliveries Simpson(13) holed out to Clarke in the deep, but thanks to Hilton Cartwright- who was dropped on nine- but profited with 38 off 31 balls, virtually took Middlesex over the line. The Australian was caught with two needed from seven balls.  It was left to James Fuller to hit the winning runs with six balls to spare, with the home side winning by three wickets.

Earlier, Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first on a used Lords pitch. Paul Stirling came into the attack in the second over of the innings and struck with his second delivery when he caught and bowled youngster Will Jacks(3) to leave Surrey 12 for 1 after eight deliveries. Ben Foakes and Rory Burns added 47 runs inside six overs when Nathan Sowter was introduced into the attack from the Pavilion End and with his first delivery had Ben Foakes(22) caught and bowled. Stirling switched ends to the Nursery End with great success to trap Burns(36). Stirling then grabbed his third wicket of the evening when he trapped Sam Curran(13) lbw to finish with fine figures of 3-26 in his four overs.

Ricki Clarke made a quick half century off 25 balls, before Helm returned to bowl him around his legs. With some tight Middlesex bowling in the latter stages of Surrey’s innings, that restricted Surrey to just 17 runs off the last four overs, as Surrey made 157 for 6 in their allocated 20 overs.

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