2012 season highlights from the Friends Life t20 campaign ...
Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat first. Middlesex took an early wicket when Michael Carberry was caught by Neil Dexter off Kyle Mills bowling for five. Jimmy Adams joined James Vince and he scored three fours off the remaining four balls of Mills' over. Hampshire reached 62-2 after the six powerplay overs.
Kyle Mills had Vince well caught by Neil Dexter at mid-off for 28 (off 17 balls). Rayner then struck when he had Adams LBW, attempting a sweep shot, for 43 (off 29 balls). Ervine and McKenzie took their partnership to 101 in 9.5 overs as Hampshire reached 190-3 from their twenty overs with Ervine finishing on 60 not out (off 33 balls) and McKenzie 47 not out (off 37 balls). Mills 2-40 off 4 overs and Rayner 1-16 off 4 overs.
Stirling got Middlesex off to a good start before he was out in the 4th over for 24. Rossington joined Malan at the wicket but he was out for a third ball duck. When Malan was out for 16 two balls later, Middlesex were 46-3. Morgan joined Denly with the asking rate just over ten runs per over. The Panthers reached 78-3 at the halfway point of the innings. The hundred came up in the twelfth over but Middlesex lost Morgan in the following over, having made 29.
Voges joined Denly with the total on 104-4 and he got off the mark with a four off the first ball he faced. However, only eleven runs came off the next two overs and after Voges scored a two off the first ball of Dawson's third over, he was lured down the track to the next ball and was stumped for 9.
Dexter hit Wood for a four and a six in the 18th before he fell to a superb catch having made sixteen. Gareth Berg joined Denly and Middlesex were left needing 33 runs off the last two overs. Denly hit the first ball of the 19th over for a six to reach a 37 ball fifty (2 sixes & 2 fours) and after four runs came off the next four balls, Denly hit the last ball of Griffiths' over for a straight six to leave seventeen runs needed off the final over.
Only three singles were scored off the first three balls of Wood's over before Denly hit the fourth ball for a four. Needing ten runs off the last two balls of the match to win, Denly was caught at the wicket for a defiant innings of 67 (off 44 balls, 3 sixes & 3 fours) and Ollie Rayner scored a single off the last ball of the match as Middlesex ended on 182-7.
At a full Lord's, Middlesex won the toss and chose to bowl first. This looked to be a good choice when two early wickets were taken in the third over, leaving Surrey 17-2. Solanki and O'Brien started in a positive fashion, both finding the boundary and at the end of the power-play overs Surrey were 60-2. With the score on 107 in the 11th over, O'Brien was bowled by Patel for 54, and was soon followed by both Solanki and Wilson, which left Surrey on 116-5 in the 13th over. Ansari & Mahmood started to find their feet, but a superb final over by Berg, which saw just four runs coming from it and two wickets, meant that Surrey finished on 178-7. Patel took 3-28 off his four overs and Berg 3-37.
In reply, Malan fell early for the Panthers without scoring and was soon followed by Denly, leaving us 16-2 in the 3rd over. Wickets continued to fall & a partnership was needed. With the score on 40-6 in the 7th over, Berg went after Batty, taking 16 runs off his first over. But just as the Panthers looked to start a fight-back, Dexter fell in the 11th and Berg followed in the following over for 33. The Panthers didn't recover and we were all out for 92 in the 15th over. Surrey won by 86 runs.
Hampshire won the toss on a scorching day at Old Deer Park , Richmond and chose to bowl first. Malan and Stirling opened for the Panthers, on what looked to be a two paced wicket. Stirling was out in the 5th over with the score on 28, and then Denly followed at the beginning of the 7th for 5. Voges picked up the pace when he joined Malan & looked in great touch, as the Panthers reached 63-2 at the half-way stage. Voges (28 off 17 balls) was out in the 14th over with the score on 90-3. Adam Rossington was next in and he looked to finish off the innings strongly, trying to find the boundary where possible & he and Malan took the score onto 142 before he was out in the 18th. 20 runs then came of the last two overs, and Malan, the mainstay of the innings, was out off the last ball for 77. The Panthers finished on 162-5 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Carberry & Vince got off to an electric start, scoring boundaries to all parts of the ground. The took the score onto 40 without loss after 3 overs and then 83-0 at the end of the 6 power-play overs. Carberry was the first wicket to fall on 43 (off just 16 balls), as he was run out by Patel. However, Vince (84), along with Adams continued to attack, and despite both falling in the 15th over to Sandhu, the Royals knocked off the rest of the runs, winning the match by 7 wickets with 29 balls to spare.
Essex won the toss and elected to bat first. Kyle Mills struck in the first over with a maiden two wicket over, and his three overs went for just four runs as he took three wickets. Sandhu then joined in taking two wickets in his first over. Owais Shah (39) was the only one of Essex's batsmen to put up any resistance as wickets kept tumbling. Essex were all out for just 74 in the 17th over. Mills 3-4 and Sandhu 2-15.
In reply, Stirling fell early, but Malan was the only other wicket to fall, as Denly (34*) and Voges (22*) saw the Panthers through to victory in just 9.5 overs.
Middlesex Panthers kept their Friends Life t20 hopes alive with a third win in five matches when they comprehensively defeated Kent by nine wickets at a sweltering Uxbridge Cricket Club ground. After the visitors were put in to bat first, they scored a well below par 140-6 in their twenty overs before a sparkling innings of 74 by Adam Rossington from just 37 balls set up the win with 26 balls to spare.
Highlights from last night's clash at the Kia Oval between Surrey and Middlesex Panthers in the Friends Life t20 South Group
Essex won the toss at Lord's and elected to bat first. Openers Pettini and Rutherford got off to a storming start. Rutherford was the first wicket to fall, out to Roland-Jones for 38, and Patel struck in his 8th delivery bowling Pettini for 37. At the half way point the Eagles were soaring on 94-2. The Panthers fought back strongly though, as some of the more destructive batsmen were dismissed cheaply. With 2 overs to go the Eagles were 137-7, but it wasn't over yet as they put on a strong finish with a quickfire 8 ball 24 from Napier, which saw the Eagles close their innings on 170-8. Voges took 2-21 off his 4 overs and debutant Patel 1-17.
In reply, Malan got off to a fantastic start for the Panthers, dominating the opening stand of 37 off the first 32 balls. After Stirling was out for 5 in the 6th over, Denly joined Malan and they both proceeded to bat beautifully, keeping up with the run-rate. At the half way point the Panthers were 79-1. Malan was out for 86 (off 55 balls, 10 fours & 3 sixes) at the start of the 15th over with the score on 130-2. Denly and Voges then needed 21 runs off the last 3 overs. It went down to the wire but the Panthers made it over the line with 2 balls to spare with Denly 52* (off 35 balls, 5 fours & 2 sixes). The Middlesex Panthers won by 7 wickets.
Sussex won the toss at Lord's and elected to bat first on what looked to be a good batting track. Nash and Wright got off to a great start for the visitors with some big hitting and the score raced along. Voges was the one to break the partnership as Nash was out for 45 with the score on 84-1 in the 10th over. Wright was then joined by Hamilton-Brown and they kept the run rate up. Wright looked like he would reach a century, but was out in the 16th over for 81. Hamilton-Brown was the only other wicket to fall in the final over for 47 and Sussex posted a big total of 202-3 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Stirling and Malan got off to a good start for the Panthers, as they matched the Sussex openers and kept up with the demanding run-rate. Stirling was out for a 22 ball 33 in the 7th over. After Denly was unlucky to be out in the 13th over to an amazing catch by Gatting, with the score on 101-2, the Panthers started to lose wickets, including Malan who top scored with 61, as they fell in pursuit of runs as the batsmen tried to keep up with the run rate. Despite Dexter scoring a quick-fire 27 off 10 balls, including 3 sixes, the Panthers were 24 runs short of the Sharks' total reaching 178-8 off their 20 overs.
The Panthers won the toss and chose to field first with rain forecast at Canterbury.The bowling was opened by Rayner and New Zealand Internatinoal Kyle Mills, making his debut, and he had Rob Key caught by Rossington in his 2nd over. The forecasted rain the arrived and play was held up fpor over an hour. The match was reduced to 15 overs per side. Kent set about setting a target with Billings and Stevens both making 26, from 16 & 127 balls respectivel and Kent had reached 106-4 with 14 balls remaining. Murtagh's final over went for seventeen runs and Kent reached a total of 129-5 from their fifteen overs. Harmison was 15 not out with South African all-rounder Vernon Philander 13 not out; Ollie Rayner and Kyle Mills both had figures of 1-25 from 3 overs with Gareth Berg taking 1-28 from 3 overs, Josh Davey 1-9 in 1 over, Neil Dexter 1-12 from 2 overs .
Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan opened the batting & Stirling was bowled for a duck off by South African Philander. Middlesex also lost Joe Denly in Philander's next over when he was caught. Adam Voges joined Malan but before he could receive a ball, the rain returned.
After a fourteen minute delay, three overs were lost and Middlesex were left chasing a revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 111 from twelve overs. Vernon Philander then struck twice in his final over, having Dawid Malan caught by Clayton eighteen and then having Voges caught at mid-off for two to leave the Panthers in deep trouble on 27-4.
The Panthers had reached 74-6 with just nineteen balls remaining. Rossington hit the next ball for a six, Davey joined in the fun also hitting Coles for a six, Middlesex needed nineteen runs from the last two overs to win the match.
Eight runs came off the penultimate over from Claydon. After Josh Davey scored a single off the first ball of the final over from Matt Coles, Rossington hit the next ball for a four but failed to score off the following ball. However, Rossington pulled the next ball high over backward square-leg for a six to see Middlesex home by four wickets.
Rossington was 41 not out (off 20 balls, 3 sixes & 3 fours) with Josh Davey 13 not out from eight balls faced. Vernon Philander had figures of 4-8 from his three overs.
Kent won the toss and put the Panthers into bat first. Dexter & Stirling started well both finding early boundaries before Stirling was out with the score on 12. The Panthers had reached 34-1 at the end of the powerplay overs & then 53-2 in the 8th when Crook was out for 18. Dexter (42) however kept the ball ticking over. Malan was out off the last ball of the 11th, and when Dexter followed soon after, wickets then kept tumbling & the Panthers finished their 20 overs on 124-9.
In the reply, the Panthers needed early wickets, and had a good start when Billings was out in the 2nd over. The Spitfires were 47-3 at the end of the 8th losing both Key and Northeast, but after Stevens hit some big sixes, they only needed 60 off the last 10 overs. The Spitfires won by 3 wickets with 6 balls remaining.
Surrey won the toss and chose to bat first. They made an excellent start with boundaries aplenty, reaching 50 without loss from the powerplay overs. They were then 76-0 at the half way point but Smith made a breakthrough at the beginning of the 11th over. Surrey finished their 20 overs on a challenging 154-4. The Panthers then made a good start to their reply with Dexter (41) hitting boundaries off the first 3 balls. Stirling was out off the 8th ball of the innings but runs kept coming and the Panthers reached 50 in the 4th over. Progress then slowed down with the fall of 3 wickets and they reached 81-4 at the halff way point. When the score reached 106-7 in the 15th over, it looked like it might be all over. But Wilkin & Rayner kept the runs ticking over & the Panthers reached the final over needing 3 more runs to win. Rayner was out 1st ball, and Wilkin out off the 3rd, which left Murtagh & Smith to get 3 from 3, which they did with 1 ball to spare. The Pantherrs won by 1 wicket!
The Panthers won the toss and elected to bat first. However, by the end of the 7th over they were 3 wickets down with only 35 runs on the board. Boundaries were at a premium and Denly & Berg added 28 balls before Berg fell for 12 in the 13th over with the score on 63-4. Denly (53) reached his 50 at the start of the 17th over, coming off 50 balls. But wickets kept falling & the Panthers were finally all out for 109 with 1 ball remaining.
In reply, the Eagles lost Franklin in the 2nd over, but runs then started to come easily for Pettini and Smith with them reaching 68-1 at the half way point, needing just 42 to win. It wasn't over yet though as wickets started to fall, with Panthers' debutant Ollie Wilkin coming to the fore. However, it came too late and the Eagles won the match by 2 wickets with 14 balls remaining. Wilkin took 3-12 and Smith 3-24.
Pinky the Panther has been putting in the hard yards on a strict and brutal training regime in recent weeks, in preparation for his big day in the final of the mascot's race at finals day in Cardiff! In this video he hooks up with Middlesex Academy player Harry Podmore and Middlesex all-rounder Steven Crook, as the three of them were put through their paces by Jarhead, AKA Luke Woodhouse, Middlesex CCC's Strength and Conditioning Coach and then Pinky pounds the pavements of St Johns Wood as he fine tunes himself for the big race!
The Royals won the toss and elected to bowl first at Old Deer Park, Richmond. The Panthers got off to a good start with Stirling dominating. He lost Denly (8) in the 5th over with the score on 38. He and Rossington then added a further 67 runs for the 2nd wicket in the 15th over before the latter was out for 18. Some good bowling from the Royals meant that only 9 runs was scored between overs 12 & 15 which slowed up the run rate. However, Stirling (82*), who scored his highest ever T20 score, & Malan (30*) added a further 51 runs to the total, and the Panthers ended their innings on 156-2.
The Royals started slowly & with Adams out in the 3rd over, Vince soon following & McKenzie out before the end of the power play overs, they were 41-3 in the 6th over. Katich (40) & Vince (75*) then let loose, & the Panthers couldn't get the wickets when they needed them. The Royals chased down the runs & won by 4 wickets with 4 balls to spare.
Middlesex won the toss (finally!) and elected to bat first. Openers Stirling and Denly got off to a fantastic start with 81 runs scored from the 6 power play overs and Stirling's 50 coming off just 21 balls. At the half way point the Panthers were 103-0. Stirling was then out in the 12th over for 63 (127-1) but Morgan joined Denly at the crease, and they set about increasing the total. The Panthers finished on 207-2, with Morgan out in the final over (36 off 18 balls) and Denly carrying his bat on a superb 90*.
In reply, the Spitfires were soon left with too much to do. Northeast and Billings threatened for a while, taking the score to 88-0 after 10 overs. But once Billings was out in the 11th over for 43 the match changed dramatically. Stevens was then out for 1, and then with the score on 120-2 in the 14th over, 4 wickets fell in 4 successive balls. Kent endeded their innings on 159-7 and the Panthers won by 48 runs. Dexter took 3-22 from his 4 overs.
Skipper Dexter lost another toss at Hove and the Panthers were put in the field for this their 5th t20 match of the 2012 campaign. Wright & Nash opened for the Sharks and their partnership made 40 off 27 balls before Nash went caught by Davey. The Sussex 100 was brought up in 14th over and Wright made 50 off 36 balls. Goodwin & Murray took the score to 146 in the 19th over before Goodwin departed for 18 caught by Davey off the bowling of Berg to bring in Styris. 14 was hit off the final over bowled by Crook with Wright out on the final bowl of the innings for 91, with Sussex making 161. Berg the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 2 wickets in his 3 overs for 20.
Simpson and Denly opened for the Panthers and their partnership realised 62 before Denly was out caught by Gatting on the boundary off the bowling of Beer. Crook was put up the order and made a quick 19 off 15 balls. Simpson was caught on the boundary after hitting the previous ball for 6, making 32 off 37 balls. Quick runs were needed and both Rossington and Dexter were out caught trying to clear the boundary both making 1. The Panthers needed 51 to win from 4 overs but fell 21 runs short, making 140 with Rayner and Berg the not out batsmen (6 and 10 respectively).
Essex Eagles won the toss and Lord's and elected to bat first, in what ended up as a thrilling 6 run defeat for the Panthers. Essex started well, and didn't lose their first wicket until the end of the 7th over, when Pettini was bowled by Rayner for 26. They then brought up their 100 in the 14th over, but ten Doeschate (38) was out shortly after lbw to Dexter. The Panthers finished off the Essex innings strongly with only 1 boundary in their final four overs, and the Eagles closed their innings on 155-6 (Rayner 2-16 off 4 overs & Berg 2-27 were the pick of the bowlers). In reply, the Panthers top order struggled and were 26-3 at the start of the 5th over. Rossington (22) was then unlucky to be given out lbw despite the ball finding an inside edge. At the half-way point the Panthers were 46-5. Berg and Simpson then added 43 runs for the next wicket, with Berg making 39. But it was Crook (22 off 17 balls) and Rayner (39* off 21 balls), who really started chasing down the Essex total. Unfortunately, despite a fine effort from the lower order, the Panthers fell just short on 149-9, losing to the Essex Eagles by 6 runs.
The Royals, who won the toss and elected to bat first then started well at the Ageas Bowl. The Panthers had their breakthrough in the 4th over when Roland-Jones bowled Adams with the score on 32-1. Roland-Jones then struck in his next over, and at the end of the 8th over the Royals were 53-4. Taking the wicket of Mascarenhas in the 18th over was important for the Panthers, & the Royals ended their 20 overs on 157-6 with Vince 64*. Roland-Jones took 4-25 and Smith 2-30.
In reply, Denly & Rogers opened, but Denly was out in the 2nd over & Rogers followed in the next with the score on 18-2. This brought Stirling & Malan to the crease, and they took the score onto 83-2 at the end of the 10th. Malan was out in the 16th over for 46 after they had added 107 runs for the 3rd wicket, and then Stirling followed in the 17th on 71. That bought 2 new batsmen in Dexter & Berg to the crease, needing 23 to win off 21 balls. This they did with 4 balls to spare & the Panthers won by 6 wickets; their first victory in the Friends Life t20 this year.
Michael Yardy won the toss for the Sharks, and chose to bat first. Steven Crook struck with his first delivery when Luke Wright was caught at the wicket for one. Machan (9) holed out to Neil Dexter at mid-off in Crook's next over and when Gareth Berg replaced Crook after two overs at the Nursery End and had Nash caught by Malan at mid-wicket for nine, Sussex were reduced to 26-3 after six overs.
Joe Gatting joined Murray Goodwin & the pair added thirty runs for the fourth wicket before Tom Smith bowled Gatting for eleven. Styris joined Goodwin and they took the visitors to 91-4 after 14 overs with Tom Smith having bowled four overs straight through to take 1-29. Toby Roland-Jones bowled Goodwin for 43 and Styris was out in the 19th over when he drove Roland-Jones to Gareth Berg at extra-cover, Styris's innings of 48 coming off just 30 balls. The final over of the innings began with the total on 139-6 but only four runs came off it with Gareth Berg having Ben Brown (9) brilliantly caught by Tom Smith at deep backward square-leg and Michael Yardy (1) brilliantly caught by the diving Steven Crook at deep mid-wicket. Gareth Berg finished with figures of 3-17 from 3 overs, Toby Roland-Jones 2-19 from 4 overs with Steven Crook taking 2-29 from 3 overs.
In reply, Dawid Malan and Joe Denly put on 24 for the first wicket before Denly was caught by Machan at deep mid-on off Chris Liddle's bowling for seven & Stirling top edged a pull and was caught at mid-wicket by Yardy for 2. Neil Dexter joined Dawid Malan but the pair struggled to find the boundary against Yard's slow left-arm bowling and Will Beer's leg-spin. At the half-way point of the innings, the Panthers had reached 50-2. Dawid Malan was caught by Goodwin at deep mid-wicket for 38 (off 35 balls) from Beer's bowling. Theron replaced Yardy & Dexter, who had managed only eleven singles from 18 balls faced, then hit Theron for a six and a four off successive balls. Middlesex reached 98-3 with five overs remaining. Berg was caught at backward point for 23 (off 21 balls) & Simpson gave Middlesex hope by taking ten runs off Theron's third over to leave the Panthers needing 22 runs off the last two overs of the match. However, Middlesex's hopes were dashed in the penultimate over when Liddle struck three times. Neil Dexter was caught at the wicket off the third ball for 36 (off 33 balls) and after Ollie Rayner scored a single off the fourth ball, John Simpson was caught at deep mid-on for ten and Chris Rogers was bowled behind his legs for a duck. Steven Crook joined Ollie Rayner with nineteen needed off the final over and after five runs came off the first three balls of Theron's over, Rayner (2) was beaten by Joe Gatting's throw to the bowlers' end as they attempted a second run. Only one run was scored off the final two balls of the over as Middlesex finished on 132-8 to lose the match by eleven runs.
A crowd of just over 15,000 were at Lord's last night to watch the first t20 match for the Panthers in this season Flt20 campaign versus local rivals Surrey. Rory Hamilton-Brown won the toss for Surrey and he opened the batting with Steven Davies. Steven Crook bowled Hamilton-Brown for four with the last ball of the 2nd over. Toby Roland-Jones replaced Rayner at the Nursery End and he had Davies caught at the wicket for ten with his opening delivery. Jason Roy and Zander de Bruyn took the score to 26-2 after five overs before Gareth Berg came on at the Pavilion End and trapped de Bruyn LBW for six with his opening delivery. Tom Smith then came on and he also took a wicket with his first delivery when he took a return catch to dismiss Roy for eight to reduce Surrey to 32-4. Gary Wilson joined Spriegel at the wicket but the rain arrived and thre was a 20 minute delay but only one further over was bowled before rain intervened again. Play restarted after a further twelve minute delay. Surrey had reached only 91-4 with five overs remaining.
However, 58 runs were scored by Spriegel and Wilson off the last 5 overs so Surrey's total was a respectable 149-4. Wilson was 54 not out off 40 balls (2 sixes & 3 fours) with Spriegel 53 not out off 46 balls (2 sixes & 2 fours). Steven Crook had figures of 1-31, Toby Roland-Jones 1-27, Gareth Berg 1-34 and Tom Smith 1-29, all from four overs: Ollie Rayner had figures of 0-14 from three overs with Paul Stirling conceding 8 runs from his solitary over.
Denly was out to the first ball in the 2nd over to Meaker's caught at deep square-leg by Spriegel for two. Paul Stirling joined Dawid Malan and the pair took Middlesex to 60-1 wellahead of the Duckworth/Lewis at the end of the powerplay. Gareth Batty came on at the Pavilion End and he struck with his fifth delivery when he trapped Malan LBW for 26 (off 23 balls). Neil Dexter joined Stirling and after two singles came off the next over from Ansari, Batty struck twice in successive balls. Paul Stirling was bowled for 36 (off 23 balls) and Gareth Berg was bowled for a first ball duck to reduce Middlesex to 67-4 in the 10th over, now behind the D/L par score.
Batty struck again in his third over when Chris Rogers was well caught by Meaker at long-on for four.Dexter was then LBW Ansari for eleven. With the game slipping away from Middlesex on 83-6 after 13 overs, Rory Hamilton-Brown brought himself on at the Pavilion End and he had John Simpson caught at deep mid-wicket by Jason Roy & Steven Crook hit the first ball he faced to short mid-off where Roy took the catch to reduce the Panthers to 86-8. Ollie Rayner and Toby Roland-Jones took Middlesex to 99-8 after sixteen overs at which point the rain intensified and the umpires brought the players off the ground. No further play was possible and Surrey won the match by 28 runs under Duckworth/Lewis regulations.
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