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August 5, 2012
Middlesex 229 for 4 (Morgan 120*) tied with Worcestershire 229 for 7 (Hughes 69)
Eoin Morgan sparkled with an unbeaten 120 off 80 balls but it wasn't quite enough for Middlesex who tied with Worcestershire at Uxbridge.
Middlesex posted 229 for 4 from their 36 overs and Worcestershire needed an unlikely 24 off the final over - but former Middlesex man Ben Scott hit a four and three sixes off Steven Crook to leave the visitors needing two off the last ball.
Neil Dexter dived forward at mid-on and spilled a difficult catch - and Scott scrambled through for a single to ensure the spoils were shared.
Morgan's innings was the highlight after they were put in and his 162-run stand with Josh Davey, who made 53 not out, was a record in one-day cricket for Middlesex's fifth wicket.
The hosts did not find the boundary until the sixth over, by which time Dawid Malan had edged Nick Harrison behind.
Joe Denly lifted Moeen Ali's third delivery over midwicket for six, but with Chris Rogers and Denly falling in the space of four balls, Middlesex found themselves 47 for 3. Rogers departed when he top-edged a sweep off Moeen to short fine leg, then Gareth Andrew squared up Denly to have him caught at slip for 27.
Four overs later, Dexter called Morgan through for a leg bye, but, having over-committed himself, Dexter was beaten by Vikram Solanki's throw from backward point. Morgan made amends by adding 162 in 20 overs with Davey.
Morgan picked Daryl Mitchell up over midwicket for a maximum and brought the hundred up for the hosts in the 23rd over with a four to wide long-on off Brett D'Oliveira. Three overs later, Morgan posted a 45-ball half-century with a slog-swept six off Ali.
With 73 coming off the last six overs, Middlesex were in the ascendancy going into the interval. Morgan pulled Harrison for two successive sixes over wide long-on in the 32nd over. Two overs later, he moved into the nineties with a six over midwicket off Andrew.
Morgan needed just 73 balls for his ninth one-day hundred, which he celebrated by lifting Jack Shantry back over his head for a maximum, although not before Davey had moved to his half-century in 53 deliveries.
In reply, Worcestershire slipped to 19 for 2 before Phil Hughes and Mitchell put the visitors back in contention with a third wicket stand of 96 in 18 overs. Following a period of consolidation, Hughes came out of his shell in the 17th over by clubbing two successive fours off Davey. He then lifted Gareth Berg over long-on and Tom Smith over straight midwicket prior to bringing up a run-a-ball half-century.
Hughes picked Smith up for another six, this time over wide long-on. But, two overs later, Toby Roland-Jones broke through Mitchell's defences for 35.
With Andrew hitting Smith for a straight six, Worcestershire needed 91 off the last 10 overs. The visitors' push for the line lost appeared to have lost its impetus after Hughes played on to Davey and Andrew skied a catch to Morgan at mid-on. But Scott, who spent five seasons on the Middlesex staff, came back to haunt his former employers.
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