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T20: Two bad overs cost Middlesex says Law

PUBLISHED: 10:30 02 August 2019

Stuart Law at Lord's during his first conference as Middlesex CCC's new head coach. CREDIT MIDDLESEX CRICKET

Stuart Law at Lord's during his first conference as Middlesex CCC's new head coach. CREDIT MIDDLESEX CRICKET

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Middlesex head coach Stuart Law admitted two bad overs cost his side in their Vitality Blast T20 defeat to Kent on Thursday.

Unbeaten half-centuries from Alex Blake (66) and Heino Kuhn (54) in a 114-run stand helped the Spitfires post 204-4 at Lord's.

And the hosts came up short on 176-7, with John Simpson (37) their top scorer.

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Law said: "Blake played very well towards the end - he's a powerful hitter but I think we gave him some opportunities to get away and probably bowled two bad overs, which cost us in the end.

"I don't think we batted that badly - we needed one or two of our top five to take it a bit deeper and bat a bit longer. All of a sudden that 12 an over run rate comes down to nine or 10 and that's when you feel like you've got the game under control.

"We've got areas where we didn't quite execute. Our boys weren't quite on their game. We need to bounce back come Sunday, when we've got Somerset at Richmond and we're looking forward to that.

"We've still got nine games to go and a lot can happen in that time. We've played some good cricket so far, we'll continue to work hard and put plans in place that keep us in the hunt."

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