Middlesex make stunning comeback to edge out Sussex by two runs

Tom Helm bowled a splendid final over
Tom Helm bowled a splendid final over

Middlesex 147-6 (Eskinazi 57) beat
Sussex 145-8 (Nash 69) by two runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Lord's

Tom Helm bowled a splendid final over where he conceded just two runs and claimed a wicket as well as Middlesex made a stunning comeback to win the South Group Natwest T20 Blast encounter against Sussex by two runs at Lord's.

Paul Stirling (40) and John Simpson (9) got Middlesex off to a decent start of 28 for naught in the first four overs after Sussex decided to bowl first on winning the toss.

Even though both the openers fell in the first half of the innings, Middlesex looked comfortable with a score of 72 for two after 10 overs. But, regular fall of wickets dented their momentum.

Eoin Morgan (10) had another disappointing outing as he was removed by Danny Briggs (2-34) in the 12th over while George Garton (1-26) accounted for James Franklin (2) in the 13th over.

It was Stevie Eskinazi's (57 not out) unbeaten 44 ball knock that held the innings and helped Middlesex post 147 for six in their allotted 20 overs.

Though, Luke Wright (6) fell early in the chase, Chris Nash (69) and Stiaan van Zyl (34) consolidated the innings to take Sussex to 47 for one in the powerplay. However, Middlesex pulled back things slightly by conceding just 36 runs in the next five overs and snared the wickets of van Zyl and Ross Taylor (3) with Stirling (1-9) and Steven Finn (2-32) being the wicket-takers.

Nash waged a lone fight and completed his half-century off 40 deliveries and Sussex were left with 35 to get off final five overs with six wickets in hand.

Between overs 17 and 19, they managed to accumulate 19 runs but lost three wickets including the key wicket of Nash in the process, leaving them five to get off the final over. But, Helm (1-27) had other plans as he conceded just two runs while dismissing Jofra Archer (1) in the process to seal a thrilling two run win for Middlesex.

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