Middlesex’s hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup hang by a thread after they suffered a six wicket defeat by Somerset on a glorious summer’s day at Lord’s. Having been put in to bat first, Middlesex were well placed on 163-1 in the 36th over before they lost five wickets for 26 runs including two run outs. Ryan Higgins and Ollie Rayner led a recovery to 255-7 but that total was well below par and Somerset got home with ten balls to spare thanks to a well-paced innings of 120 by Peter Trego.
Middlesex made three changes from the side that defeated Surrey with Paul Stirling returning after injury to replace Nick Gubbins and Toby Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner replacing Steve Finn and Ravi Patel away on England duty.
Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan got the Panthers off to a good start with an opening partnership of 108 but Rogers was missed in the third over of the innings when Marcus Trescothick failed to cling on to a difficult low down chance at second slip off the bowling of Alfonso Thomas. Thomas conceded just four runs in his opening four over spell as Middlesex reached 24-0 after the ten compulsory power-play overs. Peter Trego and Tim Groenewald replaced Thomas and Lewis Gregory in the attack and Middlesex reached 64-0 after twenty overs before Rogers and Malan accelerated the scoring rate with seven runs coming off a Trego over with thirteen runs coming off the following over from Mick Leach.
The hundred came up in the 26th over which also saw Dawid Malan reach an 83 ball fifty (5 fours) and Chris Rogers reach his fifty with a scoop-shot off Trego (off 72 balls, 4 fours). Rogers was out in the next over when he was bowled by Myburgh for 52 which brought Paul Stirling to the wicket. Malan and Stirling pressed on to take the Panthers to 156-1 at which point the batting power-play was taken after 35 overs. Alfonso Thomas returned to the attack and he bowled Stirling for 29 with his fifth delivery. Eoin Morgan joined Malan at the wicket and he scored two fours off successive balls from Tim Groenewald but off the last ball of Groenewald’s over, Morgan was out for eight when Mick Leach ran-on from deep cover to take the catch.
Ryan Higgins joined Dawid Malan with the total on 172-3 but only a further six runs were added before Malan pushed the ball towards extra-cover and went for a run but Higgins stayed in his ground and Malan was easily run out by Trescothick’s throw to the ‘keeper, Malan having made 82 off 116 balls. Neil Dexter joined Higgins and he scored five runs off the first two balls he faced before he was run out by Myburgh’s direct hit on the ‘keepers’ stumps. John Simpson got off the mark with a four off Lewis Gregory’s bowling but in the following over from Tim Groenewald he was caught at the wicket by Alex Barrow to reduce Middlesex to 189-6 in the 42nd over. Ollie Rayner joined Higgins and the pair did well in adding 48 runs for the seventh wicket with both batsmen hitting a six before Higgins was caught at deep mid-wicket by Leach for 27 off Lewis Gregory. Rayner then hit Gregory for two successive fours and with nine runs coming off the final over, Middlesex finished on 255-7 with Rayner 37 not out (off 31 balls) and Toby Roland-Jones 3 not out.
In reply, Middlesex got an early wicket when Nick Compton was caught at the wicket by John Simpson for two off the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones. Peter Trego joined Marcus Trescothick at the wicket and Trescothick pulled a Tim Murtagh delivery for a six over mid-wicket as Somerset reached 33-1 in the tenth over before Roland-Jones had Trescothick caught at the wicket by Simpson for 19. Colin Ingram joined Trego and the pair took the visitors to 90-2 after 24 overs before Trego pulled a Neil Dexter delivery for a six over mid-wicket. Ingram hit Ollie Rayner for two successive sixes before Trego reached his fifty in the same over (off 78 balls, 1 six & 4 fours). Ingram reached a 66 ball fifty which contained 2 sixes and 3 fours before he hit Rayner for a further six.
The batting power-play was taken after 35 overs with the total on 161-2 and Trego and Ingram took the visitors to 195-2 before Harry Podmore had Ingram caught by Eoin Morgan at mid-on for 68. The two hundred came up in the 42nd over before Trego reached a 127 ball hundred (2 sixes & 7 fours) before he hit Dawid Malan for a further six. Trego then put his foot on the accelerator by taking twelve runs off Tim Murtagh’s final over before he was caught by Murtagh at deep mid-on for 120 off the bowling of Harry Podmore. Alex Barrow joined James Hildreth at the wicket and they saw Somerset home by six wickets with ten balls to spare. Barrow was 26 not out with Hildreth 14 not out. Harry Podmore had figures of 2-46 from 8.2 overs with Toby Roland-Jones taking 2-30 in 9 overs whilst Tim Murtagh had figures of 0-55 in 10 overs, Neil Dexter 0-33 in 7 overs, Ollie Rayner 0-49 in 8 overs and Dawid Malan 0-37 in 6 overs.
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