Middlesex have named a squad of 12 for the opening matches of the Vitality Blast T20s against Sussex and Yorkshire at Mill Hill School on Sunday.
Following relegation in to Division Two in the 50 over competition, Middlesex will be keen to get wins under their belt and put in some strong performances as they begin their T20 campaign.
T20 vice-captain Naomi Dattani has played two brilliant T20 innings this summer - 52 against Surrey in the London Cup and 41 for the Sir Paul Getty XI against the Fairbreak XI. Both knocks were boundary-filled with impressive strike rates. In the London Cup especially Dattani showed her ability to take the game away from the opposition.
The batting department also boasts the international experience of Beth Morgan and Fran Wilson who enter the match off the back of scores of 43 and 53 (36) respectively.
In form Maia Bouchier will be looking to continue the summer as Middlesex's leading run-scorer with 172 at 34.40 and has already shown she she can make runs in the shortest format. In the first match of the year Bouchier scored 39 not out to help Middlesex to a win over MCC at Lord's.
In the bowling department Middlesex will likely look to a combination of seam and spin to begin. Right arm quick Hayleigh Brennan has produced economical spells and could be the pace option alongside leg spinner Sophia Dunkley. Offie Emma Albery is also likely to play an important role in the match and should be confident after claiming 3-33 in her previous outing.
Two key players for Sussex are likely to be opening left-arm quick Freya Davies and captain
Georgia Adams. Davies claimed 13 wickets at just 7.46 in the 50 over competition and Adams led the way with the bat scoring 207 runs.
With their four England players away Yorkshire will be looking for domestic talent to get them off to a good start in the Vitality Blast. Left-arm spinner Katie Thompson and leg-spinner Katie Levick are two bowlers Middlesex will need to negotiate carefully. The pair have claimed seven and 11 wickets at averages of just 6.64 and 24.71 respectively this season.
The first match of the day is between Middlesex and Sussex starts at 10:30am before Sussex and Yorkshire play at 1:30pm with the last game starting at 4:30pm between Middlesex and Yorkshire.
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