Middlesex Panthers won a dramatic Friends Life t20 match against Essex at Lord’s when Adam Rossington hit the fourth ball of the final over of the match to the fine leg boundary for a four to give Middlesex victory by seven wickets. It was Middlesex’s first win in the competition at Lord’s since they defeated Kent in 2010.
After the defeat by Sussex on Sunday, Middlesex brought in Toby Roland-Jones and gave a Twenty20 debut to Ravi Patel to replace Tim Murtagh and Josh Davey respectively. Michael Pettini won the toss for Essex and elected to bat first before a crowd of almost 20,000 and in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Pettini and New Zealander, Hamish Rutherford got the visitors’ off to a flying start with fifty-nine runs coming off the first five overs. Thirteen runs came off the opening over from Ollie Rayner with Rutherford hitting the last ball of the second over, bowled by Kyle Mills, for a six. Pettini hit a six in the third over, off Toby Roland-Jones and with nine runs coming off the last three balls of Mills’ second over, Essex were 39-0.
Hamish Rutherford then took twenty runs off the first five balls of Roland-Jones’ second over before he was LBW to the last ball of the over having made 38 off 17 balls. Pettini had been hit on his right leg and had to call upon Ryan ten Doeschate to act as a runner. Ravi Patel came on to bowl the last over of the Power-play and he conceded just one four in his opening over. Adam Voges made it an all-spin attack when he conceded just five runs in an over at the Nursery End. Ollie Rayner conceded fourteen runs when he replaced Ravi Patel at the Pavilion End as Essex reached 82-1 after eight overs.
Ravi Patel came on at the Nursery End and with his second delivery, bowled Pettini for 37 (off 25 balls). The hundred came up in the 11th over before Greg Smith straight drove a Patel delivery which the bowler deflected onto the stumps at the bowlers’ end with Owais Shah out of his ground, Shah being run out for 11. Greg Smith was then LBW to Adam Voges for sixteen to leave Essex on 104-4.
Ryan ten Doeschate joined Ravi Bopara at the wicket but the pair were becalmed, scoring only 11 runs off eighteen balls before Ryan ten Doeschate was well caught by Toby Roland-Jones at long-off for three to give Adam Voges a second wicket. Dawid Malan was brought on at the Nursery End and James Foster drove his first ball long hop straight to Neil Dexter at short extra-cover to be dismissed for two. Only four runs came off the remainder of Malan’s over as Essex reached 126-6 with just three overs remaining.
Ravi Bopara took ten runs off the first three balls of Paul Stirling’s over and pulled the next ball to deep mid-wicket but when Ben Phillips attempted a second run, he was beaten by Toby Roland-Jones’ throw to the keeper and was run out for two. Graham Napier then played a little cameo, scoring 24 off seven balls before he was bowled behind his legs by Kyle Mills. Three runs came off the last two balls of the innings as Essex finished on 170-8 with Bopara 32 not out. Ravi Patel had figures of 1-17 in four overs with Adam Voges taking 2-21 in four overs.
Essex took to the field with Jake Mickleburgh on as a substitute for Pettini and after a leg-bye off the first ball of the innings from Graham Napier, Dawid Malan hit two fours and a single off the last five balls of the over. Five runs came off the second over, bowled by Australian speedster, Shaun Tait with a further five runs coming off Napier’s second over. Malan took five runs off the first two balls of Tait’s following over before Paul Stirling, who had been deprived of the strike, opened his account with a four off Tait.
Reece Topley replaced Napier at the Nursery End but Malan hit the fifth ball of the over for a six as Middlesex reached 37-0 after five overs. Napier switched to the Pavilion End and Stirling pulled a full-toss straight into the hands of Ryan ten Doeschate at deep square-leg to be dismissed for five. Joe Denly joined Malan and the pair added a further six runs as the Panthers reached 43-1 after the six Power-play overs.
Joe Denly struck Greg Smith for a six and Dawid Malan hit Tim Phillips for a six before Malan hit a Ravi Bopara delivery for a four to bring up Malan’s second fifty in the competition (off 37 balls, 2 sixes & 7 fours). Reece Topley returned at the Nursery End but seventeen runs came off the over as Middlesex reached 96-1 after 11 overs. Eleven runs came off the following over from Ravi Bopara before Shaun Tait was summoned up to bowl at the Nursery End. Tait bowled three wides out of the first four balls of his over before Malan carved him for a six over extra-cover and hitting him for a four, next ball. With Malan taking a two and a single off the remaining balls, Tait’s over cost sixteen runs.
Seven runs came off Ryan ten Doeschate’s first over as Middlesex reached 130-1 after fourteen overs. Dawid Malan’s magnificent innings ended when he pulled a Tim Phillips’ delivery to deep backward square-leg where Greg Smith took the catch to dismiss Malan for 86 (off just 55 balls, 3 sixes & 10 fours). Adam Voges joined Joe Denly who hit Greg Smith for a second six before scoring a two to bring up a 33 ball fifty (2 sixes & 5 fours).
With just ten runs needed off the final two overs, Tait returned at the Nursery End and he conceded just two singles in the over plus two leg-byes. Adam Voges pulled the first ball of the final over for a four behind square-leg and repeated the shot off the next ball from Bopara but attempting a second run to win the match, Voges was beaten by substitute fielder Jake Mickleburgh’s throw to the ‘keeper and was run out for 17. Adam Rossington could only defend the next ball from Bopara before flicking the next ball to fine-leg for a four to give Middlesex a seven wicket win. Joe Denly was 52 not out off 55 balls and was a well-controlled effort that saw the Panthers’ home.
To keep up to date with Middlesex County Cricket Club news and updates! Click here to visit our page or click the like button below to like us.