Middlesex Vs Gloucestershire, South Group, T20 Blast 2022,
The Southern group of the T20 Blast 2022 came to a clash between Middlesex and Gloucestershire at Radlett Cricket Club, Radlett, Thursday. Middlesex came out victorious as they scored a mammoth total of 229 runs while batting first.
The 4th match of the English T20 Blast was a really a blasting one. From first over, it was aggressive batting attack from Stevie Eskinazi and Max Holden, both putting up 61 runs partnership for the first wicket in 4.2 overs. Even though wickets fell, but the scoring rate never came down. The next partnership was again of 61 runs in. 4.5 overs between Stevie Eskinazi and Cracknell who was bowled by Howell after scoring 15 balls 26. However, the former looked in benevolent form and scored a match winning 87 off 37 balls including 13 fours and 2 gigantic sixes.
Among bowlers, Ryan Higgins was the pick of the match. He bowled superbly and bagged three wicket and conceded only 32 runs when his other counterparts were going for over ten runs an over. However, his efforts went in vain as Gloucestershire lost the match. For Middlesex, Martin Andersson bagged three key wickets and gave only 33 runs.
It could have been a wonderful chase but Gloucestershire kept losing wickets on regular intervals. Ryan Higgins and Benny Howell tried to bring some life to the match but rather it was too late to do so. With this amazing performance, Middlesex has topped the South Group points table with net run rate of 1.500. On the other hand, Gloucestershire is now bottom rocked with a displeasing performance.
Middlesex’s victory came handy as the Gloucestershire fell 30 runs while chasing 230 in 20 overs. Stevie Eskinazi’s 87 off 37 balls guided Middlesex to a 30 runs win against Gloucestershire. Middlesex (MID) have a strong squad to build around, with Steve Eskinazi and Eoin Morgan amongst the ranks. Two such matches are included in the north group — Durham against Lancashire and Derbyshire against Northamptonshire — whilst a south group match is scheduled to take place between Middlesex, Gloucestershire and Surrey, Sussex. Kent will not have the side which defeated Surrey at Kents previous competition game, as they continue a period of self-isolation.