Bowlers set up comfortable win for Hampshire against Middlesex

Rilee Rossouw played a match winning knock
Rilee Rossouw played a match winning knock

Hampshire 137-4 (Rossouw 60) beat
Middlesex 136 (Eskinazi 43) by six wickets
Natwest T20 Blast, South Group, Lord's

Kyle Abbott claimed a three wicket haul to restrict Middlesex to 136 runs following which Rilee Rossouw led the chase with a 60-run knock as Hampshire completed a six wicket win in the Natwest T20 Blast South Group encounter at Lord's.

Middlesex won the toss and decided to bat first. After the first two overs yielded just 12 runs, Stevie Eskinazi (43) opened up with two boundaries in the third over.

Chris Wood (2-26) provided the initial breakthrough when he dismissed Nick Gubbins (4) and Middlesex ended the powerplay at 42 for one.

Just as Middlesex looked good at 58 for one in seven overs, they lost Eskinazi and John Simpson (16) in successive overs and Eoin Morgan's (22) brief 14-ball cameo also ended shortly.

From there on the home side hardly recovered as they were bowled out for 136 runs in 19.1 overs with Abbott (3-26) being the pick of the bowlers along with Wood.

As the clouds were gathering, James Vince (20) and Rossouw (60) gave a blistering start of 40 for naught in the four overs. Vince was castled by Tom Helm (1-30) in the fifth over, indecision in running led to the dismissals of Tom Alsop (10) and George Bailey (3). At half way mark, Hampshire were placed at 78 for three.

Just when the innings was losing momentum, Rossouw and Sean Ervine (20 not out) kept Hampshire in course of victory which they eventually completed in 17.3 overs with six wickets in hand.

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