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Middlesex v Essex Eagles – Vitality Blast T20 South Group – Summary
Middlesex 167/7 (20.0 overs)
Essex Eagles 156/8 (20.0 overs)
Essex Eagles won the toss and elected to bowl
Middlesex won by 11 runs
Vitality Blast holders, Essex Eagles, remain without a victory in the 2020 competition and now face an uphill task to qualify from the south group after old adversaries, Middlesex won by eleven runs at Lord’s.
Following a short delay due to the showers, Stevie Eskinazi and Max Holden compiled a stand of 97 for the opening wicket – Holden trapped lbw by Cameron Delport on 46 – Eskinazi following two balls later, caught by Matt Quinn to hand Delport his second wicket – the South African having reached 51 off 37 deliveries.
With the opening pair out the way, the Essex attack looked to apply the brake. Skipper Simon Harmer claimed 2/23 as the visitors restricted their hosts to 167/7 – John Simpson (16) and Luke Hollman, unbeaten on 25, the only other Middlesex batsmen to reach double figures.
Essex appeared to have recovered following the swift dismissal of Varun Chopra – lbw to Tom Helm off only the fifth ball. However, despite several starts, none of the Eagles’ order seized the initiative.
Ryan ten Doeschate top-scored with 32, while Dan Lawrence and Harmer both reached 23. But with Steven Finn – 3/18 – leading the way, Middlesex always looked in control of the contest.
Helm and Hollman both claimed two wickets as Essex fell short for the second successive match in the competition. They return to Vitality Blast action on Saturday, September 5 when they use the Kia Oval for a home fixture with Kent (2pm).
Middlesex: Stevie Eskinazi, Max Holden, Martin Andersson, Nick Gubbins, John Simpson, Dan Lincoln, Luke Hollman, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Miguel Cummins, Steven Finn
Essex Eagles: Cameron Delport, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Dan Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater, Paul Walter, Simon Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Matthew Quinn
Officials: Neil Bainton, Ian Gould and Stephen Davis