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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Shaheen Shah Afridi took four wickets in four balls as his five-wicket haul made sure Hampshire ended their horror Vitality Blast campaign with victory over Middlesex.

George Garton had a day to remember with four wickets and a match-winning cameo of 24 from just nine balls as Sussex Sharks beat Middlesex by three wickets to keep their quarter-final hopes alive in the Vitality Blast.

Middlesex seal narrow victory over Kent

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tom Helm was the bowling hero as Middlesex dented Kent’s Vitality Blast qualification hopes by landing a tense two-run win over the former south group leaders in Canterbury.

All-rounder Martin Andersson feels he is still some way off establishing himself in the Middlesex side despite featuring in all their fixtures so far this season.

Unbeaten Essex confirmed their place in the Bob Willis Trophy final as South Group victors with an emphatic nine-wicket win over Middlesex.

Aaron Beard toppled the Middlesex top order after Adam Wheater’s chanceless 83 not out put Essex on course for the Bob Willis Trophy final,

Sam Cook returned season-best figures as Essex’s Bob Willis Trophy final hopes remained on track despite 15 wickets falling on day one at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Ben Foakes and Jamie Smith put together a high-quality unbroken 93-run stand as Surrey beat London rivals Middlesex by six wickets in an otherwise unexpectedly low-scoring affair at the Kia Oval to go second in the Vitality Blast’s south group.

David Wiese’s magnificent unbeaten 79 saw Sussex beat hosts Middlesex by three wickets in a thrilling Vitality Blast clash at Lord’s.

John Simpson is relishing the extra responsibility of helping to steer a drastically remodelled Middlesex batting line-up through their Vitality Blast campaign.

John Simpson and Martin Andersson emerged the heroes for Middlesex as they won a thrilling Bob Willis Trophy encounter against visitors Sussex by five wickets at Radlett.

Middlesex and Kent shared the Bob Willis Trophy spoils in Canterbury despite a late declaration that gave the dominant visitors a glimmer of hope at pulling off a fourth-day upset.

Joe Weatherley was Hampshire’s hero as he kept his cool with an unbeaten half-century to clinch a tense three-wicket victory against Middlesex in the Bob Willis Trophy.

Felix Organ stepped into the breach to bowl injury-hit Hampshire into a winning position with a four-wicket haul against Middlesex at Radlett.

All-rounder Liam Dawson was stretchered off with what looked a serious Achilles tendon injury to mar a productive day for Hampshire in their Bob Willis Trophy match against Middlesex at Radlett.

Martin Andersson recorded a career best innings for Middlesex as they fought out an absorbing first day of their Bob Willis Trophy encounter with Hampshire at Radlett.

Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie starred as 329 once again proved to be the magic number for Ireland, who claimed only a second win over England in their history after overcoming the world champions in a final-over thriller.

Sam Robson took two wickets in two balls with his occasional leg spin to spark a remarkable 190-run Middlesex victory against Surrey deep inside the final hour of a gripping Bob Willis Trophy London derby at the Kia Oval.

Tim Murtagh’s devastating second new ball spell of 6-5-4-4, and a dramatic Surrey collapse in which they lost their last seven first innings wickets for only 28 runs in 15 overs either side of lunch, has given Middlesex full control of the Bob Willis Trophy’s London derby.

Scott Borthwick’s four-hour unbeaten 73 anchored Surrey’s 189 for three from 67 overs in the Bob Willis Trophy’s London derby at the Kia Oval following an imaginative Middlesex first innings declaration on 347 for six.

Jonny Bairstow put Ireland to the sword with a barnstorming 82 off 41 balls but England had to overcome a middle-order wobble before moving into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Royal London series at the Ageas Bowl.

Nick Gubbins struck a superb unbeaten 150 at the Kia Oval on the opening day of the Bob Willis Trophy to reignite a career which, last summer, faltered badly for a batsman who was in line for an England Test cap within two years of making his Middlesex debut in 2014.

David Willey celebrated his England return with a maiden one-day international five-wicket haul as the world champions drew first blood in the Royal London series against Ireland at the Ageas Bowl.

He survived the nightmare that was the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 – now Thilan Walallawita is dreaming of his debut in first-class cricket.

Stuart Broad secured his place among the pantheon of great pace bowlers with a 500th Test wicket before a brilliant five-for from Chris Woakes powered England to a 2-1 series win over the West Indies.

Sir Andrew Strauss believes Stuart Broad’s competitive streak has helped him find the form of his life as he prepares to enter one of Test cricket’s most exclusive clubs.

Stuart Broad moved within touching distance of Test cricket’s 500 club, topping and tailing a dominant day for England with six West Indies wickets in the series decider at Emirates Old Trafford.

Stuart Broad led England’s charge with bat and ball, grabbing the initiative for his side on day two of the must-win third Test against the West Indies.

Ollie Pope was approaching his first century on home soil as his partnership with Jos Buttler helped England turn the tide on day one of the decisive third Test against the West Indies.

The Bob Willis Trophy is the County Championship in all but name in the shortened 2020 season and represents a chance to re-establish Middlesex among the elite of the first-class game.

Jofra Archer has returned to England’s squad for Friday’s third Test against the West Indies, with all six frontline seamers included.

Middlesex Cricket have confirmed that Stephen Eskinazi will lead the side in the regionalised four-day Bob Willis Trophy competition this year.

Joe Root concluded his England side are “in the presence of greatness” after the latest classic performance from cricket’s “Mr Incredible” Ben Stokes.

Ben Stokes’ brilliance took a familiar spot in centre stage as England levelled their series against the West Indies with a 113-run victory late on the final day of the second Test.

England face a race against time if they are to win the second Test against the West Indies despite Stuart Broad’s best efforts to force the follow-on on day four at Old Trafford.

Ben Stokes has accepted England will need to bowl the West Indies out twice in as many days after a washout halted their momentum in the second Test in Manchester.

Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley celebrated hard-won centuries as their stand of 260 allowed England to pile scoreboard pressure on the West Indies in the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford.

The London and East Regional Women’s hub have named Trevor Griffin as head coach of their Sunrisers.

Crowds are set to be able to attend sporting events for the first time since March later this month as the government plans for a socially-distanced return of spectators to sports grounds by October.

Dom Sibley occupied the crease for the entire first day of England’s second Test against the West Indies, joining Ben Stokes in a partnership that drew some of the heat from a jaw-dropping lapse in judgement by Jofra Archer.

The London and East regional Women’s hub will compete in the new Women’s Elite Domestic Structure as the Sunrisers.

England bowler Jofra Archer has been sent into self-isolation and ruled out of this today’s second Test against the West Indies after “a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols”.

Stuart Broad is set for a leading role in the second Test against the West Indies, one week on from seeking reassurances over his England future, with James Anderson and Mark Wood rested.

Middlesex coach Stuart Law expects his senior players to stand up and be counted when the season begins – having confirmed new captain Peter Handscomb will not be among them.

Packed playing calendars and the onset of social distancing means England’s World Cup winning squad are unable to toast the anniversary of last year’s unforgettable Lord’s victory in person, but captain Eoin Morgan plans to get the gang back together sooner rather than later.

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