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NatWest T20 Blast - May 17

Middlesex take on Essex, then play Sussex in a NatWest T20 Blast double-header at Lord's.

  • Over 1: Sussex 10/1 (Machan 6, Joyce 0)
    Christian has struggled with the Lord's slope today, starting off with a short, wide freebie that is carved away by Machan for four through backward point. There is also a no-ball and a wide before the wicket of Wright to finish.

    5/17/2014 3:08:54 PM
  • Over 2: Sussex 17/1 (Machan 7, Joyce 6)
    Off-spinner Rayner again is given the new ball and his over is going well until the final ball, which is too short and gets pulled away for four by the left-handed Joyce.
    5/17/2014 3:10:50 PM
  • Wright - back on the bench.

    5/17/2014 3:12:13 PM
  • Over 3: Sussex 22/1 (Machan 8, Joyce 10)
    Harris into the attack with memories of his penultimate over mauling against Essex still fresh in the mind. Again a good over is ruined by a short ball from the final delivery and again it's Joyce who pulls it away for four.
    5/17/2014 3:13:08 PM
  • Gutted to not make the game today, fingers crossed my leg gets better for Friday! Great crowd at lords. #GOSBTS
  • Over 4: Sussex 25/1 (Machan 10, Joyce 11)
    Middlesex have used four bowlers in the first four overs again, probably a pre-scripted tactic. Roland-Jones is unable to get a hand on a sharp return drive from Joyce. Three singles from the over.
    5/17/2014 3:16:33 PM
  • [wicket]Machan c Christian b Harris 10

    Machan advances to drive but just fails to clear a leaping Christian at mid-on. Excellent catch as he had to move to his left and time his jump.
    5/17/2014 3:17:52 PM
  • Over 5: Sussex 27/2 (Joyce 12, Hamilton-Brown 1)
    Much better from Middlesex, both from the bowlers and the fielders, in the last two overs. Rory Hamilton-Brown is the new batsman and he's off the mark with a single third ball.
    5/17/2014 3:21:54 PM
  • Over 6: Sussex 35/2 (Joyce 14, Hamilton-Brown 6)
    Hamilton-Brown edges a big drive over the vacant slip region and away for four. Roland-Jones' lbw appeal against Hamilton-Brown is turned down by umpire Illingworth. Just sliding past leg-stump but was tight. That's the powerplay finished, Sussex only hit four boundaries during it.
    5/17/2014 3:25:21 PM
  • Highlights from the earlier game between Middlesex and Essex...

    5/17/2014 3:26:01 PM
  • [wicket]Joyce c Malan b Patel 14

    Joyce hoists a short ball from left-arm spinner Patel high in the air and Malan, moving in from the long-on boundary, is able to take a low catch sliding forward. It was a half-pull, half-drive from Joyce, something and nothing. Another excellent piece of work in the field.
    5/17/2014 3:27:33 PM
  • Over 7: Sussex 37/3 (Hamilton-Brown 8, Zaidi 0)
    Sussex in trouble as Ashar Zaidi joins Hamilton-Brown in the middle. Conditions haven't changed much from the first match, still a good pitch, not quite as sunny.
    5/17/2014 3:30:23 PM
  • [wicket]Hamilton-Brown c Stirling b Rayner 15

    Hamilton-Brown had already survived a run-out chance and only just cleared long-on earlier in Rayner's over. His innings is finally ended by another attempt to go over the top, Stirling taking a well-judged catch as it dropped over his shoulder in the covers.
    5/17/2014 3:33:36 PM
  • Over 8: Sussex 46/4 (Zaidi 2, Yardy 0)
    Michael Yardy, a World T20 winner with England in 2010, is the latest Sussex batsman to make his way to the middle.
    5/17/2014 3:35:00 PM
  • Hamilton-Brown wasn't in the picture... But his reprieve was brief.

    5/17/2014 3:36:05 PM
  • Over 9: Sussex 49/4 (Zaidi 4, Yardy 1)
    Patel mixes up his flight and pace well during an over costing three singles. Yardy is unsuccessful with a reverse sweep.
    5/17/2014 3:36:27 PM
  • Over 10: Sussex 58/4 (Zaidi 8, Yardy 4)
    Yardy drives through the covers for a sweetly-timed four after Rayner tossed it right up.
    5/17/2014 3:39:40 PM
  • Does steak pie count as high tea?

    5/17/2014 3:41:48 PM
  • Over 11: Sussex 65/4 (Zaidi 14, Yardy 7)
    Christian is back into the attack and is immediately dispatched for four by the left-handed Zaidi. 

    5/17/2014 3:42:18 PM
  • Over 12: Sussex 72/4 (Zaidi 17, Yardy 10)
    Rayner started his career at Sussex but found his route blocked by Mushtaq Ahmed. He's a  tall off-spinner and good at altering his length if he sees the batsman advance.  Six singles and a wide from the over.
    5/17/2014 3:45:15 PM
  • [wicket]Yardy c Simpson b Christian 12

    Yardy tries to dink a sweep over his left shoulder but it comes off the bottom of the bat, giving wicketkeeper Simpson a simple catch.
    5/17/2014 3:48:13 PM
  • Sussex struggling here - 78-5 off 13 overs, WASP prediction is down from 180 at the start to 140.… @NatWestT20Blast
  • Over 13: Sussex 78/5 (Zaidi 19, Brown 2)
    Zaidi is struggling to time the ball, as was Yardy until his demise. New batsman Ben Brown gets going with a couple from his first delivery.
    5/17/2014 3:51:15 PM
  • [wicket]Zaidi b Stirling 19

    Stirling is an instant success, bowling Zaidi with his first delivery of the match.
    5/17/2014 3:52:32 PM
  • Over 14: Sussex 81/6 (Brown 3, Jordan 2)
    England seamer Chris Jordan is the new Sussex batsman and, as West Indies found out in Barbados during the winter, he knows how to hit the ball. Sussex need some boundaries, they've managed six fours and a six between them thus far.
    5/17/2014 3:54:23 PM
  • Crowd a bit more animated - but they've had only six fours and one six to enjoy in Sussex's first 15 overs

    5/17/2014 3:57:14 PM
  • Over 15: Sussex 89/6 (Brown 4, Jordan 8)
    Patel limits it to ones and twos,  all ofSussex's batsmen have really struggled to time the ball.
    5/17/2014 3:57:15 PM
  • Over 16: Sussex 99/6 (Brown 13, Jordan 9)
    Middlesex mess up their second run-out chance of the innings. Again the fielder does his job, getting the throw in quick and early but the bowler, Stirling, drops it and then demolishes the stumps with his hands (earlier Simpson left the ball when he thought it was going to hit the stumps direct... it didn't). Brown gives himself some room and twice drives Stirling through the off-side to end Stirling's over.
    5/17/2014 4:00:09 PM
  • Over 17: Sussex 109/6 (Brown 13, Jordan 19)
    The boundaries coming thick and fast now, helped by Patel bowling short and wide throughout much of his final over. Jordan is twice able to thread back-foot forcing shots through the off-side field for four. Patel finishes with 4-0-22-1
    5/17/2014 4:03:00 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] All Sussex can do now is put a score on the board and hope it puts enough pressure on Middlesex.”

    5/17/2014 4:03:19 PM
  • [wicket]Brown c Balbernie b Roland-Jones 14

    Brown pulls a short ball to Balbernie on the midwicket fence. He was aiming to clear the longest boundary and failed.

    5/17/2014 4:07:12 PM
  • Over 18: Sussex 117/7 (Jordan 25, Arafat 0)
    Jordan carved a back-foot drive through extra cover before Roland-Jones hit back with the wicket of Brown.
    5/17/2014 4:09:04 PM
  • [wicket]Jordan c Denly b Harris 25

    Jordan holes out to Denly at straight midwicket to end his 20-ball stay. That delivery from Harris was in the slot but Jordan didn't get hold of it.
    5/17/2014 4:10:18 PM
  • [nasserhussain] All credit to Middlesex. They’ve gone into the dressing room, had a chat and turned things around. Sussex’s innings shows that there is momentum in this game – if you’re side is struggling it can transfer to your own game.

    5/17/2014 4:12:14 PM
  • Over 19: Sussex 120/8 (Arafat 2, Piolet 1)
    In contrast to his penultimate over of the match earlier in the day, Harris comes up trumps, conceding just three singles to go with the wicket of Jordan.

    5/17/2014 4:13:22 PM
  • [wicket]Arafat c Harris b Roland-Jones 10

    Roland-Jones responds to being hit for six by Arafat with a bouncer that the batsman helps to Harris at short third-man.
    5/17/2014 4:14:57 PM
  • [wicket]Piolet c Malan b Roland-Jones 1

    Two wickets in two balls for Roland-Jones. Piolet holes out to Malan on the midwicket boundary to end the Sussex innings at 128 with two balls unused.
    5/17/2014 4:16:13 PM
  • [end-of-innings]19.4 overs: Sussex 128 all out (Beer 0)
    Roland-Jones finishes with 3-25 to complete a much-improved display from Middlesex's seamers. Sussex's batsmen struggled for timing, it was a total contrast to the Essex game earlier today.

    5/17/2014 4:17:43 PM
  • During the interval, check out Ravi Bopara's reaction to Essex's eight-wicket victory over Middlesex earlier today...

    5/17/2014 4:20:00 PM
  • Here's our pre-match interview with Luke Wright...

    5/17/2014 4:22:20 PM
  • And if you missed them, here are the captains...

    5/17/2014 4:24:25 PM
  • [cloudy]Over 1: Middlesex 0/0 (Stirling 0, Malan 0)
    Arafat generates some lavish movement with the new ball and beats Middlesex opener Stirling outside off-stump three times during his opening over. There is a bit of cloud cover now to help the seamers. Middlesex need 129 off 114 balls.
    5/17/2014 4:32:04 PM
  • Great view of the action from our camera position right under the belly of the media centre!

    5/17/2014 4:35:04 PM
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