Middlesex v Essex

Middlesex tasted victory in the Twenty20 Cup for the first time this year, and Essex their first defeat by a nine-wicket margin at Southgate. The Eagles appeared unlikely to hold on after posting 120-8, with just seven boundaries on a large outfield. Opener Andy Flower was the last wicket to fall after a patient 47. Captain Andrew Strauss fell early but Paul Weekes (55) and Owais Shah, who hit fives fours and two sixes in his 48, got home with 10 balls left.

Twenty20 Cup, 2004, South Division
Middlesex v Essex
John Walker's Ground, Southgate
12 July 2004 (20-over match)

Result: Middlesex won by 9 wickets
Points: Middlesex 2, Essex 0

Toss: Middlesex
Umpires: JH Hampshire and AA Jones

Essex innings (20 overs maximum)                                R   M   B  4 6
A Flower              c Compton          b Klusener            47  70  51  3 0
*RC Irani             c Betts            b Cook                 5   9   7  1 0
GR Napier                                b Cook                 0   1   1  0 0
WI Jefferson                             b Betts               11  10  12  2 0
RS Bopara             c Weekes           b Hutton              12  18  13  0 0
JD Middlebrook        run out                                   8   3   4  0 1
AP Grayson            c Shah             b Hutton               7   4   7  0 0
+JS Foster            c Dalrymple        b Klusener            16  17  16  0 0
D Gough               not out                                   4   5   4  0 0
AJ Clarke             not out                                   3   4   5  0 0
Extras                (lb 3, w 4)                               7
Total                 (8 wickets, 20 overs)                   120

DNB: SA Brant.

FoW: 1-9 (Irani), 2-9 (Napier), 3-25 (Jefferson), 4-63 (Bopara),
     5-74 (Middlebrook), 6-82 (Grayson), 7-112 (Foster),
     8-112 (Flower).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Cook                         4      0     17      2
Betts                        4      0     13      1
Klusener                     4      0     32      2 (2w)
Weekes                       3      0     23      0
Hutton                       4      0     21      2 (1w)
Dalrymple                    1      0     11      0 (1w)

Middlesex innings (target: 121 runs from 20 overs)              R   M   B  4 6
PN Weekes             not out                                  55  63  65  6 0
*AJ Strauss                              b Gough               10  13   7  2 0
OA Shah               not out                                  48  48  38  5 2
Extras                (lb 6, w 2)                               8
Total                 (1 wicket, 18.2 overs, 63 mins)         121

DNB: BL Hutton, L Klusener, JWM Dalrymple, NRD Compton,
     DLS van Bunge, SJ Cook, +BJM Scott, MM Betts.

FoW: 1-22 (Strauss).

Bowling                      O      M      R      W
Brant                        3      0      9      0
Gough                        4      0     23      1
Napier                       3.2    0     25      0
Clarke                       2      0     23      0
Middlebrook                  3      0     13      0 (1w)
Grayson                      3      0     22      0 (1w)
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