Struggling at the bottom of the South table, Middlesex needed a win at home against Hampshire to keep themselves alive in the tournament. After Hampshire won the toss and elected to field first on a grassy, but bouncy pitch, Middlesex were sent to bat. Despite a shaky start, openers Stirling and Holden put up a healthy partnership of 58 from 6.5 overs, before Holden was runout on 22(20). From there, Paul Stirling went on to his half-century and him and Nick Gubbins put up an excellent partnership to lead Middlesex to an average first innings score of 165-8.

In the first over of Hampshire’s innings, Steven Finn caught opener James Vince off his own bowling for 4 from 5 deliveries. However, from there, New Zealander Colin Munro took control, along with number 3 Sam Northeast, as the two put up 75 runs within the first six overs alone. Munro then grabbed his fifty from just twenty-two deliveries until spinner Ashton Agar made him completely miss the ball, and Munro was stumped by Gubbins for 58(29).

After that, Middlesex set eyes upon retaining control as Agar got 2 in 2 when South African Riley Rossouw swept the ball and was caught at short fine leg by Paul Stirling. From there, the pacers took charge and boosted their confidence by constantly picking up wickets, Finn grabbing three wickets total, including Tom Alsop and Chris Wood in two balls. Tom Helm, Dwayne Bravo, and James Fuller each got one a piece, and despite getting off to a strong start in the first ten overs, Middlesex came back to win by a staggering 22 runs.

Man of the Match went to spinner Ashton Agar for his 3-17 in four overs. Middlesex next travels to Wales to play Somerset on Sunday while Hampshire remains in London to play Sussex on Sunday.

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