Hampshire suffer more Twenty20 misery

Source - cricket20.com

Middlesex beat Hampshire by five runs at Southgate to record their first win of the season in the Twenty20 Cup having been put into bat.

Heavy afternoon rain meant a delayed start with the match reduced to 12 overs per side - and in a low-scoring contest the home team successfully defended a total of 73 for seven wickets.

Only captain Ed Smith managed to reach double figures hitting 21 from 14 deliveries which included two sixes and a four before he became the third wicket to fall.

His partnership with Jamie Dalrymple produced the most productive stand of the innings with the pair adding 17 runs - but there was little else to support Smith's effort.

With three overs of the innings remaining and Middlesex looking to raise the tempo the introduction of Adam Voges into the attack curbed the anticipated increase.

The Australian took two wickets at the cost of just four runs and although Billy Taylor conceded 10 runs from the penultimate over, Chris Tremlett restricted Middlesex to just four more runs with the paceman proving the pick of the attack with final figures of three for 12 from his three overs.

However, on a slow wicket, Hampshire failed to spark despite double figure scores from Michael Lumb and Sean Ervine.

Lumb hit 22 from 19 balls but embraced a six and three other boundaries before he was trapped leg before wicket by spinner Murali Kartik to lead the visitors to 30 for three in the sixth over.

Ervine attempted to lift his side back into contention striking 16 from 15 balls but he became Kartik's third victim when hoisting the ball to deep midwicket to give Nick Compton one of his three catches in the innings.

Ervine was dismissed in the 10th over and Hampshire still required 20 from the final two overs but Dalrymple proved miserly conceding just five runs while also removing Greg Lamb in the penultimate over.

Chad Keegan was given the responsibility of the final over but although James Bruce lifted the final ball over the ropes, it was too little too late leaving the visitors still seeking their first win of the season in the competition after three matches.
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