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Thieves mar Twenty20 game

Middlesex's Twenty20 Cup match in Southgate, north London, was marred when thieves stole personal belongings from the home team's dressing-room.

Opponents Hampshire were also on the receiving end - their team bus was pelted with stones at the match.

Their wicket-keeper Nic Pothas told Five Live: "As players, we make the effort to play in dangerous conditions and that's the thanks you get.

"We took a stand - we refused to sign autographs after the game."

The match, due to start at 1730 BST on Monday, began more than an hour late as groundstaff did their best to get the ground fit after heavy rain.

In a game reduced to 12 overs per side, the home team won, but it was not the cricket that people were talking about afterwards.

Pothas said: "It's very unfortunate. The windows of the bus have been smashed and the Middlesex guys have had all their valuables stolen.

"Last year we had an unsavoury incident when Dom Thornely got spat at at Sussex.

"We are big boys. If people take the mickey out of you or comment about the way you look that's happy days.

"But if people talk about what they want to do to your mother and it starts going to a more personal level then we have to take a stand.

"If you do that to us, then we won't sign autographs for your kids."

The Walker Ground, Southgate, is a picturesque venue in the leafy north London suburbs, with a church at one end of the grounf.

Middlesex play most of their home games at Lord's, but have begun to play more regularly in N14.

Southgate is due to host a four-day Championship match against Derbyshire from 8 July, and has five further days of Middlesex cricket in September.

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