Match Highlights for all Middlesex Panthers' Yorkshire Bank 40 matches throughout the season...
Somerset won the toss and asked Middlesex to bat. Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan gave the Panthers a good start by putting on 73 runs for the first wicket and it took a good catch to dismiss Rogers for 29 (off 26 balls).
Paul Stirling joined Malan and the pair took Middlesex to 98-1 before Malan pulled a long-hop to Hildreth at mid-wicket for 49 and then Stirling followed for a run a ball. Rossington was brought up the order and hima nd Denly took the score to 139-3 in the 24th over before Rossington was caught by Gregory.
Neil Dexter joined Denly and the pair took Middlesex to 187-4 after 32 overs at which point, they took the batting power-play with the score on 222-4, Neil Dexter was LBW to Gregory for 37.
Denly reached a 55 ball fifty before he was caught down the leg-side by the 'keeper off Kirby's bowling for 60. James Harris was caught by substitute fielder Jamie Barrow for five and Kirby then took his third wicket in the over when he sent Tim Murtagh's middle stump cartwheeling to reduce the Panthers to 246-9 after 39 overs. Smith and Collymore scored six runs in the final over and Middlesex innings ended on 252-9. .
In reply, the Somerset openers, Marcus Trescothick and Peter Trego got the hosts off to a flying start as Somerset reached 56-0 after only seven overs. Berg replaced Collymore and off his first ball, Trescothick played a loose shot and was well caught at the wicket by the diving Adam Rossington for 28.
Runs continued to flow with the hundred coming up in only the 14th over and Trego reached a 46 ball fifty in the 16th over. Suppiah reached a 39 ball fifty before Trego fell to a well-judged catch by Chris Rogers off Smith's bowling for 81 (off 67 balls).
Suppiah then attempted to upper-cut a James Harris delivery over the wicket-keeper but got a top-edge and Rossington took the catch to dismiss him for 60. In the 32nd over when Somerset were 223-3 they took their batting power-play. Tim Murtagh struck with the second ball as Petersen was caught by Smith for 17. Josh Buttler joined Hildreth at the wicket and he made 23 off just 12 balls as he finished the match off by pulling a James Harris delivery for a six over mid-wicket. James Hildreth was 37 not out as Somerset won the match by 6 wickets with 25 balls to spare.
At Lord's Cricket Ground on Bank Holiday Monday, the Panthers won the toss and put Glamorgan into bat first. Bragg & Wallace got off to a steady start for Glamorgan, but Wallace was out for 7, closely followed by Cooke for a duck, leaving them 38 for 2 in the 8th over. Once North came in he never looked back and he and Bragg added 86 runs before Bragg was out for 62 in the 24th over with the score 124-3. That was the last wicket for the Panthers as North (137*) and Allenby (69*) batted through the rest of their overs, with 60 coming off the last 5 overs, finishing on a challenging total of 280-3.
In reply, Rogers & Malan started off well for the Panthers making 43 in the first 7 overs before Rogers was out for 22. Malan (35) was then joined by Stirling (36) and they took the total to 79 in the 14th over. However, the Panthers started to lose wickets at regular intervals & at the half way stage were 110-4. Berg had more success with the bat, but continued to lose partners, and he was finally out in the 39th over for 75. Glamorgan won by 26 runs after the Panthers reached 254-9 off their 40 overs.
Returning to Lord's after the Olympics, the Eagles won the toss and put the Panthers into bat first in this final Clydesdale Bank 40 match of the season. The Panthers lost Denly early off the 3rd ball of the innings. Malan & Stirling then added 63 for the 2nd wicket when Stirling went in the 8th over for 29. Dexter then followed in & after 13 overs the Panthers were 90-3. Malan however was still there & was joined by Berg. The two then added 132 runs for the 4th wicket partnership in 20 overs, before Berg was out for a well earned 61 with the score on 222-4. With 4 overs to go the Panthers were 258-4 but then the wickets started to fall. Malan was finally out in the 38th over for a superb career best 134 runs, which came off 108 balls. The Panthers were all out for 288; the last wicket coming off the last ball of their innings.
In reply, the Eagles started off slowly and were 39-0 after 9 overs. Sandhu, on his List A debut, then had the wicket of Pettini off his 2nd delivery. The Eagles were then 3 down (51-3) in the 12th over. Westley (68) and Shah (53) then added some stability but when they were removed in successive Stirling overs, the Eagles needed 120 more runs from the last 10 overs with 2 new batsmen at the crease. Foster & ten Doeschate couldn't increase the run rate and were out before bad light stopped play in the 36th over, with the Eagles 198-7 (Sandhu 3-28, Stirling 2-22). The Panthers won by 54 runs (D/L method).
In a match reduced to 36 over per side, the Royals won the toss and elected to bowl first at Uxbridge. The Panthers got off to a steady start, but lost Malan early, in the 4th over. Then when Rogers & Denly both fell in the 11th over & Dexter soon after, the score was 67-4 in the 16th over. The tide then turned and Morgan along with Davey managed to get another 162 runs off the next 20 overs. Morgan smashed an explosive unbeaten 120 and Davey an important unbeaten 53.
In reply, the Royals lost 2 wickets early and were 19-2 after 5 overs. However, dangerman Hughes (69) & captain Mitchell took the score onto 92-2 after 20 overs. Wickets fell at regular intervals after that and with the Royals needing 24 off the last over, it didn't look possible. But ex-Middlesex man Ben Scott struck 23 off the last over, which meant the match was tied.
The Panthers won the toss and elected to bowl first. After launching the first ball of the innings for 6, Nichol was out in the 5th over with the score on 19. Only 4 runs were added before Marshall was out in the 8th over. The Panthers then didn't take another wicket until the 22nd over with the score on 90-3. Importantly for the Panthers with Housego (68) and Gidman (27) going along nicely they were then out in successive overs. With 10 overs to go & the score on 153-5 it looked like a good total was on the cards for the Gladiators. But it was the bowlers who dominated the last few overs, and the Gladiators finished on 214-9, with Roland-Jones (3-24) and Finn (2-27) being the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Rogers & Malan ended with the highest ever 1-day opening partnership for the Panthers. It was a fantastic & well-timed innings by both players, with them scoring shot after shot, & they were both not out at the end when the Panthers won by 10 wickets, with 9.3 overs remaining - Rogers 122* & Malan 89* - a superb performance by them both!
The Panthers won the toss and chose to bowl in a match that was reduced to 25 overs per side due to rain. The Panthers started well with Roland-Jones striking in the 3rd over taking the wicket of Franklin, and then dismissing Smith the very next ball for a golden duck. However, Pettini & Westley then started to build a sizeable partnership, before Westley was out in the 14th over with the score on 62. More wickets tumbled and the Eagles were only 90-6 with 5 overs to go. However, Mickleburgh & Wheater added 56 from the last 30 deliveries to help the Eagles to 146-7 off their 25 overs (Roland-Jones took 3-25).
In reply, Rogers & Malan made a watchful start, scoring only 8 runs off the first 4 overs. However, they then started to pick up the pace and with the score on 55-0 after 10 overs they accelerated and started to find the gaps. The Panthers then needed just 47 runs to win off the last 10 overs. The Eagles then took the wicket of Rogers for 64 in the 21st over, but Malan scored the winning runs, giving the Panthers a 9 wicket win with 15 balls to spare. Malan finished not out on 76.
Lancashire won the toss and put the Panthers into bat first. After a rain delayed start which reduced the match to 16 overs a side, Dawid Malan got off to a great start for the Panthers, but lost his opening partner, Denly (7) in the 7th over with the score on 33, and Stirling shortly after. After Malan (48) was out with 5 overs remaining with the score on 67-3, wickets continued to fall as the Panthers attempted to play their shots to every ball. The Panthers ended their stop-start innings on 97-8 & with duckworth/lewis, the Lightning were set 103 to win. They didn't get off to a great start, losing their 1st wicket before a run had been scored and in the 4th over were 16-2. After another short rain delay the Lightning had their required score adjusted to 97 off 15 overs. They reached this, winning the match by 7 wickets with 10 balls to spare.
Well, what a match! After winning the toss Lancashire chose to put the Panthers into bat first. Malan fell early for 12 with the score on 26, but then Stirling joined Denly at the crease and some immense hitting started to take place, with an ever-growing number of sixes. Denly (58) was the 2nd wickets to fall in the 24th over with the score on 168. Enter Eoin Morgan, and possibly one of the best knocks ever seen at Lord's. First, Stirling's ton came up off 84 balls, and then Morgan literally went beserk with the bat, with his century coming off just 49 balls. Their partnership of 126 runs came off just 11 overs. Stirling was then finally out for 119. The Panthers then lost Berg & Dexter cheaply, and Morgan then went just before the close for 116, but he had helped the Panthers record their highest ever 1-day total as they closed their innings on 350-6 (Kerrigan 5-55).
In reply, Lancashire had 3 men out to the first 31 balls (22-3) and then they were 55-5 at the start of the 12th over. Shahzad (29) and Horton (49) added 50 for the 6th wicket but then wickets fell at regular intervals and they were all out for 183 runs (Crook 3-26, Smith 3-30). The Panthers won by a phenomenal 167 runs!
Worcestershire Royals won the toss and chose to bat first. The Panthers started well dismissing Moeen Ali for 6. This bought Phil Hughes to the crease, and he went about scoring a workman-like 50, adding 52 runs with Solanki for the 2nd wicket. The runs then began to flow as he and Mitchell (48) added 113 runs for the 3rd wicket and Hughes hit shots to all parts of the ground, bringing up his hundred before the close (111). The Royals were 235-5 at the end of their 40 overs.
In reply, Malan and Denly started well for the Panthers, taking the total to 38 before the first wicket fell. Denly (25) & Stirling (28) then reached 71 in the 14th over, which is where it started going wrong for the Panthers as 4 wickets were lost for just 23 runs in 7 overs. Rogers (44) and Berg (28) then started to re-build the innings taking the score to 152, before 3 wickets were lost in the 31st over. At 157-8 there was too much to do for the tail-enders and the Panthers were all out for 179, losing by 56 runs.
The Panthers put on a good display as they beat the Leicestershire Foxes by 31 runs at Grace Road. The Foxes won the toss and put the Panthers into bat first. Denly & Malan (43) started well and put on 56 for the 1st wicket before Denly went in the 12th over for 29. It was hard for the batsman to stay in, but when Berg (43) joined Dexter at the crease they upped the tempo and took the Foxes apart as they added 70 for the 5th wicket in just 8 overs. The Panthers closed their innings on a very competitive 241-5 with captain Dexter getting an unbeaten half century (54*). Not an easy target to chase, the Foxes then lost early wickets, which put them well behind the required run rate, and they were 49-5 in the 15th over (Finn taking 3). Eckersley, top scoring with 46, and White (34) put on 66 in 12 overs for the 6th wicket. But despite some runs from the tail, the Foxes were all out for 210 with 8 balls remaining (Finn 3-30, Berg 2-33, Crook 2-39, Dexter 2-45, Collymore 1-31).
It was a disappointing start to Middlesex's Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign as they lost to the Gladiators by 5 wickets in a rain affected game, which was reduced to 26 overs per side. The Gladiators won the toss and put the Panthers in to bat. Denly (25) & Malan (22) made a steady start for the Panthers. They then lost Denly after 8 overs, and part way through the 12th over, the Panthers were 58-3 after losing both Malan & Rogers. Stirling made an encouraging 25, but the Panthers needed some big hitting from their lower middle order to stay in the game (Simpson 29, Berg 23). 157-8 looked like a decent enough total, especially after Dent was out in the first over with the score on 8-1. The 2nd wkt partnership of Marshall (33) and Howell (45*) put the visitors well ahead, and despite the fall of a further 4 wickets the visitors reached the total required with nearly 4 overs remaining. Rayner was the pick of the Middlesex bowlers with 2-29.
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