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Middlesex v Hampshire (T20)

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Hampshire Slip To Defeat Against Middlesex At Lord's 

A flurry of late wickets consigned Hampshire to a fourth Vitality Blast defeat at the Home of Cricket

Ashton Agar and Steven Finn took three wickets apiece as Middlesex staged an astonishing comeback to beat Hampshire by 22 runs at Lord’s in the Vitality Blast.

Hampshire appeared to be coasting at 89-1, chasing a modest target of 166 for victory, but a turnaround saw Middlesex secure their first victory in the tournament for five games and lifted them off the bottom of the South Group table.

Fidel Edwards (2-30) and spin duo Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Liam Dawson ensured that Hampshire restricted their hosts to 165-8 after winning the toss, despite Paul Stirling’s accomplished half-century.

Max Holden (22) kept Stirling company throughout the powerplay, but their stand of 58 was broken when the left-hander called a single that never looked on and was comfortably run out by Edwards’ throw.

Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan’s promotion to three in the order failed to pay off as he made just two before holing out to deep mid-wicket – and Middlesex’s innings never gained any kind of traction.

That was no reflection on Stirling, whose knock of 60 from 44 balls included five fours and three sixes before he eventually perished driving Colin Munro to long-on.

Dwayne Bravo hammered a rapid 20 but, once he was run out attempting a risky single, Middlesex’s hopes of a par score evaporated and only some spirited late blows from Tom Helm (13*) hauled them up to 165.

That target looked unlikely to cause Hampshire problems, although James Vince (4) fell early.

But Munro was soon into his stride with some clean hitting, dispatching all the Middlesex seamers to the boundary with regularity as he rattled up 58 from 29 deliveries.

The New Zealander shared a second-wicket partnership of 85 with Sam Northeast (27) before the latter charged Agar (3-17) and missed, allowing John Simpson to whip off the bails.

Agar then gave his side a glimmer of hope with two wickets in as many balls as Munro heaved one to long-on and Rilee Rossouw (4) scooped the next into the hands of Stirling.

Hampshire’s wobble soon turned into more of a collapse as Finn followed Agar by removing Chris Wood (0) and Tom Alsop (20) with successive deliveries.

And it was Agar who applied the finishing touch in the penultimate over, calmly taking a catch at long-on to dismiss last man Edwards (7) off the bowling of Bravo.