Middlesex overpower Essex after Helm five-fer

Brendon McCullum scored 63 off 28 deliveries
Brendon McCullum scored 63 off 28 deliveries
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Middlesex 203-6 (McCullum 63) beat
Essex 131 (Helm 5-11) by 72 runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Lord's

After Middlesex went on to post 203 in their innings, a five wicket haul from Tom Helm limited Essex to 131 in the chase as the hosts completed a convincing 72 run win in the South Group Natwest T20 Blast at Lord's.

Essex were rewarded early for their decision to bowl first as Nick Gubbins (1) fell early but Brendon McCullum (63) took the attack to the opposition smashing six boundaries and five sixes in his 28 ball knock.

On the other end, John Simpson (51) also went at a good rate and the duo added 73 runs in just 38 deliveries to set the tone for the innings.

Although a triple strike from Daniel Lawrence (3-21) dented Middesex a bit, they still managed to get 203 for six on the board, courtesy McCullum's blistering innings at the top that eased the pressure on the middle order.

Middlesex fast bowlers dealt early blows to Essex as they lost six wickets with just 62 runs on the board as only Lawrence (29) showed some resilience.

Even though, James Foster (50) waged a lone fight in the end with his 25-ball knock, Essex never looked in at the chase as Helm (5-11) cleaned up the lower order and completed a five wicket haul, dismissing the visitors for just 131 runs.

Middlesex are positioned eighth in the table while Essex languish at the bottom of South Group.

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