Hampshire make it 3 wins in 3 beating Middlesex by 119 runs in RLC

Liam Dawson - Hampshire
Liam Dawson - Hampshire
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Hampshire 301/9 beat Middlesex 182 by 119 runs

Aiden Markram produced a stunning all-round performance as Hampshire made it three wins from three in the Royal London One Day Cup with a 119-run win over Middlesex.

South African opener Markram, who is warming up for this summer’s World Cup, crashed 88 with the bat as Hampshire scored 301 for nine, before his part-time off-spin gathered figures of three for 39.

Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott also posted exceptional figures of three for 37 and three for 36 respectively, as Hampshire won with 80 balls to spare.

One Day Cup holders Hampshire have now beaten Kent, Glamorgan and Middlesex to leap to the top of the South Group, while the north London based county suffered their first format defeat of the campaign.

Middlesex had won the toss and elected to field first under grey skies and restricted their hosts to 301 for nine.

In response, Markram’s compatriot Kyle Abbott broke through twice in the first five overs of the chase as he had Paul Sterling leg before and then Dawid Malan caught at point by James Fuller.

John Simpson and Eoin Morgan rebuilt with a free-flowing 65-run stand for the third wicket.

But Markram entered fresh on his excellent fifty earlier on to forge a collapse – with Simpson, Morgan and Nick Gubbins all falling within six overs.

Simpson was stumped after some fantastic glovework from Tom Alsop.

England one-day skipper Morgan was given two lives when he offered two difficult chances to Rilee Rossouw on the boundary, before picking out Abbott at short fine leg.

Gubbins then cut to Sam Northeast and George Scott was castled by Dawson – leaving Middlesex 121 for six.

Left arm spinner Dawson found Tom Helm skying to Gareth Berg in the ring and then Nathan Sowter caught behind.

Abbott claimed his third wicket when Steve Eskinazi picked out Northeast at mid-wicket before Mason Crane wrapped up the win when Tim Murtagh was bowled.

Middlesex seamer Helm had led the visitor’s attack with a five-wicket haul on a used pitch – which had played slightly slower than against Glamorgan on Friday

Alsop went out at a rate of knots, following his 130 not out against Glamorgan, with three sumptuous cut shots to the boundary.

But fell soon after as he chased a wide delivery from the parsimonious Murtagh and was caught behind, before James Vince handed Helm his first with a steepling top edge.

Markram scored a stylish run-a-ball half century in a 58-run stand with Northeast.

But both Markram and Northeast fell within an over of each other, the former on 88 frustratingly misjudged a pull to mid-on and the latter lbw to Nathan Sowter – leaving Hampshire looking below par at 145 for four.

Rossouw and Dawson steadied and accelerated with an 81-run partnership for the fifth wicket, the South African collected his 32nd List A fifty – from 49 balls.

Dawson was well caught by Murtagh running around to short fine leg off a top edge before Helm returned to cause carnage.

The 24-year-old fast bowler ripped through Rossouw and Gareth Berg in consecutive balls before completing a stunning four wickets in eight balls with the scalps of Kyle Abbott and James Fuller – the latter having smashed a quick-fire 26.

Chris Wood took Hampshire over 300 with a sweetly struck six over square-leg to set their opposition 302 to win.

Hampshire all-rounder Aiden Markram:

“Having set 300 it was nice to have a score on the board but then they got going and had a good partnership.

“We thought it would go down to the wire as they have quality players in the side but our entire unit performed.

“I didn’t quite see me going through 10 overs with the ball but I was really happy with how it worked out.

“A lot of credit must go to the entire team especially the fielding which was really good today – we built pressure well.

“It felt a bit slower today which doesn’t make it a bad pitch – it was just about adapting to it.

“It was a case of having wickets in hand towards the back end which may have made us tentative in the middle overs.

“It was hard to line up a certain bowler because they bowled well.

“You can never take winning for granted and we are doing things right as a team – we still want to get better.”

 

Middlesex bowler Tom Helm:

I think at the half way stage we were pretty happy and I think the wicket changed in their favour especially with their spinners.

“Fair play to them Dawson and Markram bowled really nicely and put us under pressure out there.

“We lost wickets like they did at the end but we lost them earlier. The last couple of partnerships got them over the fence and on another day the chances go straight up.

“It is always nice to take wickets although personally I thought I bowled the worst of all three games so far.

“It is a disappointing result but there is so much confidence going through the side.

“We needed 132 off 90 and had we not lost so many wickets then it wouldn’t have been an unthinkable ask.”

Hampshire - Tom Alsop(wk), Aiden Markram, James Vince(c), Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Gareth Berg, James Fuller, Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood, Mason Crane

Middlesex - Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan(c), John Simpson(wk), Eoin Morgan, Stevie Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, George Scott, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn, Tom Helm, Tim Murtagh

 

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