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Udal unable to halt the Hawks

Despite the valiant efforts of Shaun Udal Middlesex Crusaders lost their second successive match in the Twenty20 Cup going down by six runs to the Hampshire Hawks at Richmond.

Udal scored a brilliant 40 from 20 balls with a four and four sixes after coming to the wicket with Middlesex in trouble on 65 for six after both Nantie Hayward (three for 22) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (three for 12) shared the wickets.

Middlesex lost two wickets in the second over to the pace of Hayward who clean bowled Billy Godleman for one and Eoin Morgan for a duck in successive deliveries.

Andrew Strauss fell in the same way to Hayward for 25 in the sixth over and with the score on 53 Dawid Malan pulled to mid wicket after scoring 20 and in the same over, three balls later, Ed Joyce (12) holed out to long on giving Mascarenhas his second wicket.

He then snapped up the wicket of Tyron Henderson for seven and Ben Scott fell in 15th over to deep square leg for 13 before Udal and Tim Murtagh nearly saw them to victory finishing on 127 for seven.

Earlier after an opening stand of 46 with Ian Harvey, Michael Lumb (18) mistimed a drive straight to Dirk Nannes at mid-on off the bowling of Tyron Henderson.

Another 23 runs were added before the Hawks lost their second wicket, this time Harvey on 31 from 32 balls got a leading edge looking to force through the leg side and giving a return catch to Murali Kartik.

Sean Ervine smashed a superb straight six off Nannes but in the 12th over he was run out after a superb piece of fielding from wicketkeeper Scott.

Four overs later, with the score on 98, Shaun Udal picked up the vital wicket of Mascarenhas for seven who was clean bowled after miss judging the bounce of the ball.

The return of Nannes saw him dismiss Chris Benham with the first ball of the 17th over, holing out to deep square leg for just a single,

After Michael Carberry struck a couple of boundaries to move onto 37 he eventually fell in the final over, where Tim Murtagh picked up three wickets.

Carberry drove high to long on where Morgan took a good catch and then next ball, former Middlesex batsman Michael Brown holed out to Strauss for 16.

With the final ball of the innings Nick Pothas chopped onto his stumps as Murtagh finished with figures of three for 15 with Hampshire completing their over on 133 for eight.

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