Morgan left disappointed as Middlesex miss out
PUBLISHED: 12:56 03 August 2018
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Eoin Morgan was disappointed not to help Middlesex beat Sussex in their latest Vitality Blast T20 south group match at Lord’s on Thursday.
Tom Barber (4-28) and Ashton Agar (3-41) combined as the visitors were dismissed for 168, with Morgan hitting 90 off 56 balls in reply set up a final-over chance.
However, he fell to Jofra Archer, who went on to dismiss John Simpson and James Fuller to complete a hat-trick and seal a 12-run win for his side and Morgan said: “I felt I could have done a bit more. When you get a score like that you want to be on the winning side and it’s disappointing when you’re not.
“There are a lot of positives. Coming out of their powerplay we would definitely have taken 168 (as a target). We did a great job to peg them back.
“I thought we were ticking on nicely throughout our innings. There was a dramatic improvement against spin compared to the last few games that we’ve played and we were never really in trouble.
“But (Chris) Jordan and Archer bowled really well at the end. They are two quality death bowlers and we just didn’t have an answer to them.
“We asked the guys to make more positive intent (with the bat) and they did try. It is something to make another improvement on tomorrow night against Surrey.”
Archer was almost lost for words following his 3-25 haul, saying: “To get a hat-trick, I can’t really believe it – especially for a domestic T20 as well.
“It’s not like it’s an international game and I’m really honoured to hear that they want to put my shirt in the museum here at Lord’s.”
“I wasn’t really thinking about what happened in the game here last year. I was more worried batting here than bowling, to be honest! But it’s good to actually leave here with a win.
“I thought we bowled really well in the last game, we took a total of 127 almost to the last over. So we know what we’re capable of and today just shows that.”