Monday, 16 June 2014

Royal London Cup: Middlesex v Surrey

Middlesex beat Surrey by 4 wickets on an inclement day in north London.

Surrey, put into bat on a mizzly morning, looked to be in real trouble as they slumped to 93/8, but a 9th-wicket stand of 84 between Catherine Robson and New Zealander Rachel Candy dragged them up to 177 off their 50 overs.

Middlesex replied slowly, and at the half-way point looked to be falling a bit short, finding themselves at 79/5 after 25 overs; but former England star Beth Morgan became the difference between the two teams as she swiped her way to 79* from 91 balls. It wasn't the prettiest innings, but it was mighty effective and took Middlesex past their target with 2 overs to spare.

It has to be said that Surrey missed the bowling of Nat Sciver, who spent much of the game fielding on the boundary and looking none too happy about it, apparently at the behest of the ECB. I know that the contracted players are England's first and foremost, but it is a pity that when the fans do turn up to county games, they don't get to see the stars make a full contribution.

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