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Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 21 August, 2019 14:34

Two wins from our last four games should see us qualify for the quarter-finals.

Squad named-

Malan (c), Barber, Eskinazi ,Finn, Hafeez,Harris, Helm, Holden, Lincoln, Morgan, Roland-Jones, Scott, Simpson (wk), Sowter, Stirling.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 26/08/2019 20:39 by BarmierKev.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 21 August, 2019 19:21

All of Middlesex’s matches in this competition in which play has taken place has seen us field a bowling attack of Mujeeb ur Rahman, Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn and Nathan Sowter, with the part-time spin of Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling being seen for just 5 overs. However, Mujeeb has been recalled by Afghanistan and we have signed Mohammad Hafeez, which means that at least one other player will have to deliver the overs Mujeeb would have otherwise bowled, so it will be interesting to see whether Hafeez will bowl his full allocation or whether his overs will be shared with other part-timers. Hafeez’s career Twenty20 bowling record is similar to Mujeeb, as his wickets-to-matches ratio is unimpressive (162 wickets in 258 matches), but his economy (6.25) is excellent.

We could have reacted to the departure of Mujeeb by bringing in Thilan Walallawita and/or Luke Hollman, but we have not done so.

I imagine that everyone at the club will have their sights set on not only reaching the quarter-finals, but on securing a home tie by finishing in the top-two. However, an article on Cricinfo points out that the Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s are due to be demolished soon (I imagine that tomorrow's match will be the final match played in front of them), meaning that the quarter-final would be played in front of a reduced capacity ground were it to take place there, although the article says that Middlesex are working with MCC to ensure such a match could take place there with as much of the ground as possible in use.

Lord’s is mentioned at another point in the aforementioned article, as it says that the fact only one Twenty20 match there has ever been washed-out means that Lord’s and The Oval are the two main grounds least likely to see no play. However, with the chances of precipitation tomorrow not rising above 3%, it seems unlikely the ground’s excellent drainage will be required.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 21 August, 2019 23:12

Hampshire have named a 13-man squad for this match consisting of Kyle Abbott (11), Brad Taylor (93), Tom Alsop (9), Rilee Rossouw (30), James Fuller (26), Lewis McManus (18), James Vince (14) Captain, Liam Dawson (8), Sam Northeast (17), Ian Holland (22), Chris Morris (2), Ryan Stevenson (47) and Chris Wood (25).

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Bring back the Crusaders (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 01:41

On a bit of a roll in the T20 - need a possible 2 wins out of 4 - new overseas player eager to make his debut - Hampshire have only won 3 games - good net run rate in the bank - large crowd expected - weather looking good.
Were Middlesex - what could possibly go wrong................................................................................................

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Seaxe_man1 (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 07:35

Close to a sellout the Mx website reports.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Bring back the Crusaders (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 09:53

More or less sold out............
Could not buy 3 seats together anywhere in the ground - managed 2x restricted view in the Mound together and 1x individual seat non restricted in the Mound

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 16:56

In addition to the Hampshire squad Jonathan gave, they have signed South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (never heard of him) and he's expected to make his debut tonight.

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Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 17:47

Blimey!

Tom Barber gets a game!

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Fozzie (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 17:48

Lords PA uo to its usual standard - just learned from Twitter that Hampshire won the toss and have inserted us.

And Tom Barber is in our team...🙄

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: antryg (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 18:10

Oh dear

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: BREARS (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 20:50

Please please never let Tom Barber anywhere near our first team. EMBARRASSING

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 21:05

I feel sorry for Tom Barber.

I suppose Dawid Malan knew we only had a small total to defend, and the faster you bowl, the faster the ball goes to the boundary. Therefore Malan wasn't willing to risk him until the game was already lost.

But if we were planning to bowl Hafeez for 3 overs we might as well have given Barber's place to Holden, Scott, Gubbins or Lincoln instead.

It's a few years back now, but I remember Chris Wheelan playing about three 50 overs games and Ed Smith gave him something like 2 overs in 2 games, and none in the third (that's from memory, so I might not be 100% right, but it was certainly something like that). Effectively you are saying to the young bowler, 'I don't trust you, and I didn't want you in the side in the first place'.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Defcon1 (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 21:28

After the Sussex debacle, Law referred to certain comments in the dressing room that they needed to do something about (or words to that effect). I wonder what the dressing room had to say about tonight's horror show.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 22 August, 2019 23:38

I felt a bit surprised when I learned that Middlesex’s line-up would include five specialist bowlers as well as Mohammad Hafeez, as the fact Hafeez is capable of doing a good job with both the bat and ball meant that we could have afforded to have selected another batsman, probably at the expense of a fast bowler. The way the match panned out meant that I spent the whole match holding the view that we should have selected an extra batsman. It will be interesting to see if tonight will prompt us to select an extra batsmen for our remaining matches, or if we will continue with a line-up similar to tonight.

There wasn’t really any point in our innings that we looked like posting an imposing total of 170+, although I was hopeful that we could get within around 20 of that. When we were 121-4 after 17.1 overs, with Hafeez and John Simpson having ensured that the 16th and 17th overs went for 13 and 9 respectively, I was hopeful we could add around 30 from that point, but instead only 7 more runs were scored. That is why it would have given me more comfort had we had one more batsman in our side.

Prior to this match, we had won every match when our main batsmen plus Simmo had batted out most or all of the innings, and had lost every match when the first of our bowlers had come to the crease before the 15th over, thus exposing our tail. The disappointing thing about our batting performance tonight is that our top six indeed batted out most of our innings, which was just as well, as we would have struggled to get past the 75 we made v Sussex at Hove on Sunday had our tail had to come in earlier than they did tonight.

To defend such a low total, we needed to take early wickets and/or to build the rate required up (which would have taken some doing). Actually, we did take two wickets in the Powerplay, and there were a couple of points in that period when Hampshire were behind the rate, but we needed a bit more than that. As I don’t think there were any points when people had much doubt that Hampshire had things under control, it was unsurprising that they won easily. Had Hants been able to bat out all 20 overs, they would have probably posted around 170, which shows how far short we were of giving them a challenge.

We are now looking over our shoulders. We will have to see how the table will look after tomorrow's matches, when Gloucestershire host Somerset, and Kent host Surrey.

Dawid Malan has spoken to our YouTube page about this match, saying that we should have made around 160:




Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 06:35

The usual problem when we go in a batsman light.

Not only do you lose the 20 or 30 runs (I'm not going to be too optimistic!) that batsman might have scored, but the batsmen you do have start to think about preserving their wicket, rather than going flat out for boundaries, so it's a double whammy.

It's a mistake we can't afford to repeat on Saturday.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: BarmierKev (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 09:43

Quote:
BREARS
Please please never let Tom Barber anywhere near our first team. EMBARRASSING

What is embararassing is this post. Barber came into bat at no. 11 when the damage was done and bowl when the game was already virtually lost. It is unfair to pick on him solely.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: BREARS (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 10:33

Quote:
BarmierKev
Quote:
BREARS
Please please never let Tom Barber anywhere near our first team. EMBARRASSING

What is embararassing is this post. Barber came into bat at no. 11 when the damage was done and bowl when the game was already virtually lost. It is unfair to pick on him solely.

Do you not think the fact Malan didnt turn to him till the 13 th over showed the lack of trust in him? Look at this guy in the 2s, he is consistently getting thrashed around by 2nd XI players, consistently bowls wides and no balls, he is nowhere near a first class cricketer

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: BarmierKev (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 10:39

There were many under performers in that game. To pick on one player straight after the game with no other comment strikes me on having a hidden agenda.



Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: BREARS (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 10:42

Ive seen him bowl a lot for the 2s. Its my opinion hes not good enough and at the end of the season, i think youll see its the view of the hierachy of the club as well.

Re: Middlesex v Hampshire T20 22nd August
Posted by: adelaide (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 11:17

Quote:
BREARS
Ive seen him bowl a lot for the 2s. Its my opinion hes not good enough and at the end of the season, i think youll see its the view of the hierachy of the club as well.

Mr Hand was adamant last might on commentary that if Barber is released someone else will sign him. I think Mr Hand is using rose-tinted glasses on this one. I would not base it on one and a bit overs last night, more on is not being selected for anything else prior this season, despite one and a half seasons of coaching.

The number of dot balls bowled to Hafeez makes me wonder whether his batting is really suited to T20. In his defence there wasn't that much to come, though I did think there would be slightly more than there was. That goers back to the "too many bowlers" debate.

On the subject of "one too many bowlers", Hampshire had two bowlers completely unused - Ian Holland and James Fuller. Their batting lineup had less depth than ours did. Unfortunately our low score meant that we never tested it out.


Adelaide

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