Middlesex crash to Hampshire defeat
PUBLISHED: 17:41 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:41 23 April 2019
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Helm in form with the ball but Middlesex fall short
Royal London Cup
Hampshire v Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl
Hampshire 301/9 beat Middlesex 182 by 119 runs
Aiden Markram produced a stunning all-round performance as Hampshire made it three wins from three in the Royal London One Day Cup with a 119-run win over Middlesex.
South African opener Markram, who is warming up for this summer's World Cup, crashed 88 with the bat as Hampshire scored 301 for nine, before his part-time off-spin gathered figures of three for 39.
Liam Dawson and Kyle Abbott also posted exceptional figures of three for 37 and three for 36 respectively, as Hampshire won with 80 balls to spare.
One Day Cup holders Hampshire have now beaten Kent, Glamorgan and Middlesex to leap to the top of the South Group, while the north London based county suffered their first format defeat of the campaign.
Middlesex had won the toss and elected to field first under grey skies and restricted their hosts to 301 for nine.
In response, Markram's compatriot Kyle Abbott broke through twice in the first five overs of the chase as he had Paul Sterling leg before and then Dawid Malan caught at point by James Fuller.
John Simpson and Eoin Morgan rebuilt with a free-flowing 65-run stand for the third wicket.
But Markram entered fresh on his excellent fifty earlier on to forge a collapse – with Simpson, Morgan and Nick Gubbins all falling within six overs.
Simpson was stumped after some fantastic glovework from Tom Alsop.
England one-day skipper Morgan was given two lives when he offered two difficult chances to Rilee Rossouw on the boundary, before picking out Abbott at short fine leg.
Gubbins then cut to Sam Northeast and George Scott was castled by Dawson – leaving Middlesex 121 for six.
Left arm spinner Dawson found Tom Helm skying to Gareth Berg in the ring and then Nathan Sowter caught behind.
Abbott claimed his third wicket when Steve Eskinazi picked out Northeast at mid-wicket before Mason Crane wrapped up the win when Tim Murtagh was bowled.
Middlesex seamer Helm had led the visitor's attack with a five-wicket haul on a used pitch – which had played slightly slower than against Glamorgan on Friday
Alsop went out at a rate of knots, following his 130 not out against Glamorgan, with three sumptuous cut shots to the boundary.
But fell soon after as he chased a wide delivery from the parsimonious Murtagh and was caught behind, before James Vince handed Helm his first with a steepling top edge.
Markram scored a stylish run-a-ball half century in a 58-run stand with Northeast.
But both Markram and Northeast fell within an over of each other, the former on 88 frustratingly misjudged a pull to mid-on and the latter lbw to Nathan Sowter – leaving Hampshire looking below par at 145 for four.
Rossouw and Dawson steadied and accelerated with an 81-run partnership for the fifth wicket, the South African collected his 32nd List A fifty – from 49 balls.
Dawson was well caught by Murtagh running around to short fine leg off a top edge before Helm returned to cause carnage.
The 24-year-old fast bowler ripped through Rossouw and Gareth Berg in consecutive balls before completing a stunning four wickets in eight balls with the scalps of Kyle Abbott and James Fuller – the latter having smashed a quick-fire 26.
Chris Wood took Hampshire over 300 with a sweetly struck six over square-leg to set their opposition 302 to win.