Poll: Where will we finish in 2019 T20?
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 15 July, 2019 08:34

Thread title self explanitory.

Win it
Losing finalists
Losing semi-finalists
Losing quarter-finalists
5th in group
6th in group
7th in group
8th in group
9th in group

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can AB DeVilliers be the difference on his own?

If we are lucky he might single handedly (or in joint enterprise with Stirling or Malan) win us a few games, but can he win enough to get us out of the group stage?

Re: Poll: Where will we finish in 2019 T20?
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 15 July, 2019 19:43

It is difficult to know what to expect with Middlesex in Twenty20 cricket, as we tend to finish bottom in our group, not far from bottom, or just outside qualification for the quarter-finals. Or if we are lucky, we sometimes reach the quarter-finals (as in 2005 and 2016) or unbelievably win it (as in 2008).

We could win this competition, as our squad includes World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan, Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan, AB de Villiers, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (of players to have delivered more than 50 overs, only two bowlers at the World Cup had a better economy than Mujeeb’s 4.47), and a few other players capable of performing well in this format. Plus, I am certain we will be keen to build on our achievement of reaching the last six in the Royal London Cup, and also take some momentum from - as long as we win our ongoing County Championship match v Glamorgan - entering this campaign off the back of successive wins in the Championship. Or, we could finish in what feels like our traditional position of bottom of the group, as that is where we finished in 2018.

Therefore, I will predict us to do something in between and be losing quarter-finalists.

Our squad looks exciting, but I am not sure how many of our star names will be available for all 14 group matches and potentially the knockout stages. Only those to have read the small print will be aware that de Villiers has only signed for our first 7 matches, for reasons I don’t understand. Unless Stirlo is not in Ireland’s plans for their Test v England at Lord’s, he may miss match 1 this Thursday, as Ireland begin a day-two match v Middlesex 2nd XI at Merchant Taylors’ School that day, while it is highly unlikely that he will play in match 2, and there is no way he will play in matches 3 and 4. Morgan will be an icon player in the Euro T20 Slam, which begins on the day of our final Twenty20 group match. As two of the six teams will be Irish and a third of the matches will take place in Ireland (the two other countries involved in this tournament are Netherlands and Scotland), the Euro T20 Slam sounds like something Stirlo will play in. The players’ draft will take place this coming Friday.

Dimitri Mascarenhas has spoken to our YouTube page ahead of our campaign:




Re: Poll: Where will we finish in 2019 T20?
Posted by: Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
Date: 19 July, 2019 19:21

Quote:
chunkyinargyll
can AB DeVilliers be the difference on his own?
If we are lucky he might single handedly (or in joint enterprise with Stirling or Malan) win us a few games, but can he win enough to get us out of the group stage?
here for seven games, the last at Richmond. So we probably need to win all a big ask. Short of Stirlo at Cheltenhaml and Glammy.

Re: Poll: Where will we finish in 2019 T20?
Posted by: Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
Date: 20 July, 2019 06:57

At the moment. MX top of the South Group on runrate. Take a picture.

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