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Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 14:00

Squad named-

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



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Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 19:55

After this match, Middlesex could be well-placed to secure a home quarter-final, or they could find themselves doubtful of even making the last eight. A win would be a great achievement, as Sussex lead the south group and had lost only 1 of their first 10 Twenty20 matches before losing by 9 runs v Essex at Hove last night, and it would be great revenge too considering Sussex have thrashed us in all four meetings across three competitions so far this season. A second defeat in three days for us would feel like a big blow, as it would threaten to take the gloss off what has so far been what is, by Middlesex standards, a great Twenty20 campaign.

I don’t think I was the only person to feel that our line last night v Hampshire at Lord’s should have consisted of six batsmen (including Mohammad Hafeez), John Simpson and four specialist bowlers, rather than five batsmen, Simmo and five specialist bowlers, as our decision to take the latter option meant that we had more bowlers than we really needed and therefore spurned an opportunity to have a stronger batting line-up. Therefore, it will be interesting to see if what happened last night will prompt us to play the extra batsman. As our squad for tomorrow consists of everyone who played last night plus James Harris and George Scott, it doesn’t look like our line-up will be greatly different. I imagine that a few of the other players in and around our 1st XI not named in the squad will spend the day playing for their club side.

Sussex have named a 13-man squad for this match consisting of Luke Wright (captain), Will Beer, Jason Behrendorff, Danny Briggs, Ben Brown, Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Laurie Evans, Harry Finch, Chris Jordan, Ollie Robinson, Phil Salt, Reece Topley and David Wiese.

It will be interesting to see how the attendance will be affected by the fact that a lot of potential attendees will have engagements with their cricket club, football club or club in any sport for that matter tomorrow, while there are no Metropolitan or Piccadilly line trains between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge. I will be unable to attend as I will be at Watford v West Ham United, although I intend to give Middlesex priority over Watford in the event of Middlesex reaching Finals Day, despite the fact I have already purchased my train ticket to travel to a match at Manchester City that day. I have to say that I ‘intend’ that I would attend Finals Day, as I can’t actually be certain that in the event of Middlesex getting there, the amount of tickets allocated would meet demand, and I can’t be certain that Lower Mound and I would be able to get there and back. As I have said, this match could have a big bearing on the likelihood of us making Finals Day.

Simmo has spoken to ECB Reporters Network ahead of this match.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 23 August, 2019 21:59

After tonight's matches Kent, Gloucestershire and Surrey have played 12 matches- everyone else 11.

Gloucestershire beat Somerset, and Surrey beat Kent.

Kent appeared to have the run chase well under control throughout, but somehow managed to lose by one run.


Sussex !5
Gloucestershire 14
Kent 14
Middlesex 13
Somerset 11
Hampshire 10
Surrey 10
Essex 10
Glamorgan 5

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: Surbiton crusader2 (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 10:28

I know match starts at 230pm. What time do the gates open ?

SC2

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 10:40


Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: johnph (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 11:45

Well done TfL

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 14:04

We won the toss, and bat first.

An obvious lesson learned, as replace a bowler (Barber) with a batsman (Scott).

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 15:54

Throughout the first 15 overs it looked like we were on target for 190-200, so this feels a bit below par.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: middlefan (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 16:31

This is pretty poor.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: hdo (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 16:51

I'm abroad and don't have access to commentary, only a scorecard view. Why didn't Eski bat??

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 17:06

No reason given.

I think it's just the way the innings went- thinking the others might score quicker..

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: middlefan (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 17:10

Not at all good, and deeply disappointing to lose 5-0 to Sussex this season.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 18:37

We could do with Glamorgan beating Somerset tonight on Sky, although the form book suggests it isn't very likely.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: Fozzie (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 18:48

Quote:
chunkyinargyll
No reason given.
I think it's just the way the innings went- thinking the others might score quicker..

Didn't work, sadly, most noticeably when George Scott failed to put bat on ball in the final 4 balls of the innings. To make things worse, on the first of these he was ball-watching as the keeper made a scrambling stop, and was completely unaware of Hafeez charging through to try to regain the strike. To compound this, he didn't think to sacrifice his wicket so that Hafeez could face the rest of the over.

It never felt as if 171 would be anywhere near enough, and so it proved.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 18:54

It is difficult for me to comment on how this match panned out, as I watched a football side who are being made to pay for doing little transfer activity and who are on a losing streak despite having good players, instead of watching a cricket side who have been in those positions in the past.

I was hopeful that Middlesex would play an extra batsman and that our batsmen would bat most of our innings, and we indeed did both of those things. However, a scorecard view suggests that our bowlers let us down. As we were 149-3 after 16 overs, we should have had more runs to defend, although the fact Sussex reached their target in exactly that amount of overs suggests that we would have had to set them 220+ to have challenged them.

Mohammad Hafeez and Steven Finn both bowled at an economy of less than the 8.60 that Sussex required, but everyone else went for at least 11 an over.

It certainly looks strange that Toby Roland-Jones came in ahead of Stephen Eskinazi, as Eski is capable of ensuring that he and his partner score at 10+ runs an over during the latter part of innings, whereas TRJ tends to mainly deal in ones and dots when he bats, with perhaps the odd 2, 4 or 6. However, this can’t have had much of a bearing on the result, as only three balls remained when the decision was made about who out of Eski or TRJ should come in. Maybe we felt that George Scott would run between the wickets better with TRJ than with Eski. I cannot come up with any better suggestions!

Hafeez has spoken to our YouTube page, saying that we were 30 runs short, didn’t bowl well, and will be lifted when AB de Villiers returns for final two group matches:




Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 18:57

I'm not sure who was at fault over the run out, but run outs can occur in the final over, and the rule is simple. Regardless of who is at 'fault' the junior partner should sacrifice himself.

We still wouldn't have had anywhere near enough, but it was dozy on all levels by Scott.

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: wembleylion (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 20:28

Did anyone else hear the interview before the match where it was said "the players are not under any pressure they are told to just go out and enjoy themselves". Or did I mishear it?

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: adelaide (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 21:00

In that situation the bigger hitter rather than the senior partner is the one who should stay in. Scott may have thought that he had more chance of hitting boundaries than Hafeez. Unfortunately he ever so slightly failed to back that up. But it was the overs beforehand that were the major problem. I think Hafeez is more the player who gives up the strike to a Morgan or ABdV than an explosive player. I don't think that's any surprise to anyone who has seenn him bat in international one day cricket so i think we knew what we were getting.


Adelaide

Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: Fozzie (IP Logged)
Date: 24 August, 2019 21:36

If that was the case, considering that Hafeez had scored 48 off 37 balls (including having already hit Jordan for 6 that over) while Scott at that point had 4 off 5 (which became 4 off 8), it showed rather poor judgement.



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Re: Sussex T20 at Uxbridge 24th August
Posted by: chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
Date: 25 August, 2019 07:47

Quote:
chunkyinargyll
We could do with Glamorgan beating Somerset tonight on Sky, although the form book suggests it isn't very likely.

Predictably Glamorgan lost comfortably, so we now slip to 5th place.

At the start of Glamorgan's innings Mark Butcher and Marcus Trescothick had to make numerous apologies for bad language from the home crowd, as a group of 30 or so not very young supporters had gathered near the commentator's pod (at most grounds the crowd can't get anywhere near the pod). Their close proximity made it impossible to drown them out.

Butch put it well- 'If their grandkids are watching, I hope they're proud of them'.

After about 15 minutes they must have been rounded up, and moved elsewhere.

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