Middlesex suffered a disappointing seven wicket defeat in their opening Royal London One-Day Cup match against Glamorgan in Cardiff. Having been sent into bat first on losing the toss, the Panthers slumped to 90-8 before sensible batting by Neil Dexter and Steve Finn added a further 84 runs in 24.1 overs. After Jacques Rudolph and Jim Allenby put on 136 runs for the first wicket, the result was never in doubt.
Middlesex suffered an early setback when Dawid Malan shouldered arms and was bowled by Michael Hogan for a first ball duck in the opening over of the innings. Nick Gubbins joined Chris Rogers and the pair had to bat watchfully with the bowlers getting a bit of ‘nip’ from the wicket with the 10.30am start. The pair took the total to 29-1 in the ninth over before Rogers got a leading-edge to a Hogan delivery and was caught at mid-on by Lloyd for thirteen.
Eoin Morgan joined Gubbins but after hitting a four in Hogan’s following over, Morgan played a loose shot and was caught at the wicket by Mark Wallace for four. Ryan Higgins got off the mark with a four off Hogan who had figures of 3-27 off his first six overs. Gubbins and Higgins took the total to 53-3 before Dewi Penrhyn-Jones had Higgins caught at the wicket for eleven in his second over. Gubbins hit Penrhyn-Jones for a six in his following over and with John Simpson took the Panthers to 75-4 in the 21st over before Gubbins was caught at the wicket by Mark Wallace for 38 off the bowling of left-arm spinner Dean Cosker.
Neil,Dexter joined John Simpson who hit David Lloyd for a six before Lloyd had his revenge when he had Simpson caught at the wicket two balls later for fourteen. Toby Roland-Jones was caught at slip by Allenby for a third ball duck in the same over from Lloyd who also accounted for Tim Murtagh in his following over when he too was caught by Jim Allenby at slip for a third ball duck to reduce Middlesex to 90-8.
Steve Finn joined Dexter and with plenty of overs still remaining, they were able to bat with caution to try and get the Panthers to a reasonable total. The pair pushed mainly singles and with the occasional boundary took Middlesex to 174-8 from their fifty overs with Neil Dexter finishing on 43 not out and Steve Finn 42 not out. Michael Hogan had figures of 3-46 from 10 overs with David Lloyd 3-25 in 8 overs, Dean Cosker 1-19 in 10 overs and Andrew Salter conceded just 23 runs in nine overs of off-spin.
Only fifteen runs came off the first five overs of the Glamorgan innings but eight runs came off the following over from Tim Murtgah and after six runs came off Toby Roland-Jones’ second over, Rudolph took ten runs off Steve Finn’s third over when he switched to the River End. The total reached 50-0 after the compulsory 10 powerplay overs before Ravi Patel replaced Roland-Jones at the Cathedral Road End. However Jim Allenby began to open out with a number of fine drives to the cover boundary.
Allenby reached a 58 ball fifty (7 fours) out of a total of 91-0 in the 18th over before Dawid Malan was brought on to bowl his leg-breaks in an attempt to get a breakthrough. Malan started with a maiden over but Rudolph reached his fifty (off 60 balls, 6 fours) in the 23rd over. The total reached 118-0 after 24 overs before Steve Finn was brought back to bowl in place of Malan at the Cathedral Road End.
Nine runs came off Finn’s over but in his following over, Finn who was bowling with great pace and getting considerable bounce, had Rudolph (61) caught at the wicket by John Simpson off a glove attempting a hook shot. Mark Wallace joined Allenby with the total on 136-1 but Allenby’s fine innings ended when he was caught at long-off for 70 off the bowling of Ravi Patel.
Murray Goodwin joined Wallace and the pair took Glamorgan to 153-2 before Goodwin was caught by Dawid Malan at mid-on for six to give Ravi Patel a second wicket. Chris Cooke joined his captain and the pair steered Glamorgan home by seven wickets with 13.4 overs to spare. Ravi Patel had figures of 2-43 from 10 overs with Steve Finn taking 1-38 in 8 overs.
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