MIDDLESEX WIN SECOND ELEVEN TROPHY SOUTH GROUP AND SECURE A HOME SEMI FINAL TIE AT RADLETT
A brilliant hundred yesterday from Max Holden and yet another five wicket haul from evergreen seamer Tim Murtagh saw Middlesex brush aside Sussex to secure their sixth consecutive victory in the Second Eleven Trophy at Blackstone to maintain their one hundred percent winning record in the competition to win the South Group and qualify for a home semi-final tie.
Middlesex had already
secured victories in the campaign against Kent, the Unicorns, Gloucestershire,
Essex, and Surrey, and yesterday’s victory over Sussex saw Middlesex secure a semi-final
tie against Worcestershire, who finished second in the North Group behind
Warwickshire. The semi-final will be played at Radlett Cricket Club on Friday
15th June 2018, starting at 11am.
Middlesex would have found themselves up against Yorkshire Second Eleven, who would have finished ahead of Worcestershire on net run rate, had they not suffered a one-point deduction in the competition, when becoming the first club to be penalised by the Cricket Discipline Commission for falling foul of a breach of Law 5 of the Laws of Cricket 2017 Code, relating to bat sizes.
Should Middlesex prevail in the semi-final against Worcestershire they will progress to the final, which will be played on Thursday 21st June. The venue for the final will be the headquarters ground of one of the teams in the Final. If both headquarters grounds are available, then the venue shall be decided by a draw. If the headquarters ground of neither team is available, the match shall be played at another recognized County ground of the team drawn first in a draw. If no such ground is available, then the match shall be played at a recognized County ground of the team drawn second. The Final will have one reserve day allocated.
Congratulations to all involved in qualifying for the semi-final.
The match at Radlett on the 15th June will be free for all spectators.