Middlesex’s Finn frustrated ‘but proud’

PUBLISHED: 07:49 31 May 2018

Steven Finn of Middlesex warms up (pic Nick Wood/TGS Photo)

Steven Finn of Middlesex warms up (pic Nick Wood/TGS Photo)

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Middlesex captain Steven Finn was left frustrated but proud after his side’s five-wicket loss to Hampshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Wednesday.

Stevie Eskinazi’s 42 top-scored in a modest total of 199-8, with Max Holden (38) and Hilton Cartwright (28) also making starts.

But the visitors eased to their target with 11 overs to spare, despite a brace from Finn (2-42) as James Vince led the way with a half-century.

And Finnn said: “We were 30-40 runs short with the bat as a result of not building partnerships and then we didn’t start particularly well with the ball which gave Hampshire a head start chasing a small total.

“But I’m proud of the way the guys fought and the way we put pressure on them at the back end of the innings. It is just a shame we didn’t have those few extra runs.

“The toss was a close call, but fundamentally I thought the wicket would slow up and become harder to score on.

“It is hard to say whether that decision was correct or not as we didn’t get enough runs.

“I think we need two wins from two, but we have competed in games in this tournament to a level where I know we can win these two games.”

Middlesex host Surrey at Lord’s on Sunday (11am) and then visit Gloucestershire on Wednesday June 6.

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