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Recent Match Report – Middlesex vs Hampshire Group 2 2021

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Hampshire still trail by 41 with seven wickets down as contest gathers pace

Hampshire 131 for 7 (Vince 62, Bamber 3-41, Murtagh 2-16) trail Middlesex 172 (Gubbins 51, Abbott 6-44) by 41 runs

With three wickets on the first evening, Kyle Abbott felt he’d found his rhythm for the first time this season. By halfway through the second day, he’d slayed his gig at Lord’s with a haul of six to bowl Middlesex out for just 172.

But then the Middlesex bowlers got in on the act and ripped that to shreds as Hampshire, who slumped to 9 for 3 at one stage, closed at 131 for 7 in reply on a day when 13 wickets fell in total.

James Vince‘s fighting half-century, which included a partnership worth 54 with Keith Barker, kept Hampshire in the contest, just.

At the close, Barker, who scored an unbeaten 52 in a losing cause against Somerset last week, was not out on 23 with Abbott yet to score after Ethan Bamber and Tim Murtagh had claimed five wickets between them to dig Middlesex out of a hole.

Bamber had impact from the outset, bowling Ian Holland for a duck with a gem that angled in slightly and crashed into off-stump.

He then had Joe Weatherley out edging to Martin Andersson at third slip and, next ball, Murtagh dismissed Tom Alsop lbw to put Hampshire in terrible trouble inside seven overs.

It looked like it would come down to the experienced duo of Sam Northeast and Vince, their captain, to steady the visitors but when James Harris trapped Northeast clearly lbw, they were seriously struggling.

Vince and Liam Dawson returned from tea with their side 47 for 4 but they were unable to form the big partnership that was so desperately needed, with Dawson caught by a leaping first slip Robbie White as Murtagh claimed his second wicket.

With Lewis McManus going cheaply and unarguably lbw to Bamber, Vince continued to build a tenacious innings with Barker in support. But then 19-year-old Blake Cullen tempted Vince into a missed drive and pegged back his off-stump with a fuller ball that nipped back a little to end his knock on 62.

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