Stanford Super Series, Middlesex v Trinidad & Tobago at Coolidge, Oct 27, 2008
Trinidad & Tobago won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
27 October 2008 - day/night match (20-over match)

So, here we go. Samuel Badree, the spinner, will take the new ball, and Andrew Strauss is on strike ...

5.20pm A bit of late drama for Middlesex with only minutes to go until the start. Shaun Udal has tweaked his hamstring, but will nevertheless play. He only has four overs to get through, and on previous evidence, he might not be required to bat ... we shall see.

5.15pm Fifteen minutes to go, and there's a bloke in a Scream mask limbo-dancing over three rather hot-looking flames. Mr Moves is his name, apparently, and I can confirm, he truly does. The ground is clear now, and we're all ready for the match to get underway. Time to make a quick brew, and back in five

5pm So, half an hour until the start of the contest, and the teams are going through their warm-ups while the crowd filters in - plenty of pink shirts among the few people to have made it to the grass banks so far. And the pinkness extends even to the colour-coordinated tournament organisers, who are decked out in a very fetching lilac for this evening's game. Very hospitable, I'm sure, although I wonder what the Trinidad players make of such a show of support for their opponents?

"This should be an interesting match," declares Mark Kidger. "I would expect Middlesex to be a little too strong for Trinidad. If Dawid Malan gets his eye in Trinidad may be in for a nasty surprise. They also have a very savvy spin pair in Udal and Karthik who strangled England so effectively last night."

4.50pm Middlesex have won the toss and will bat. And the teams have been unveiled as well: one change for Middlesex, with Tyron Henderson coming in for Steve Finn, while Trinidad & Tobago have changed three of the line-up that lost by 22 runs to the Superstars. Kevon Cooper, Justin Guillen and Rishi Bachan make way for Amit Jaggernauth, Richard Kelly and Darren Bravo.

Trinidad & Tobago 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 William Perkins, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Daren Ganga (capt), 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Richard Kelly, 7 Amit Jaggernauth, 8 Navin Stewart, 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Sherwin Ganga, 11 Samuel Badree.

Middlesex 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Neil Carter, 3 Ed Joyce, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Dawid Malan, 6 Neil Dexter, 7 Tyron Henderson, 8 Ben Scott (wk), 9 Tim Murtagh, 10 Shaun Udal (capt), 11 Murali Kartik.

4.30pm ECT Hello again, and welcome back to the Coolidge Ground in Antigua, where the third match of the Stanford Super Series is set to get underway in a little over an hour's time. And after two rather low-key warm-ups, tonight is the night when the eyes veer towards the prize. Middlesex, the Twenty20 Cup winners from England, and Trinidad & Tobago, the reigning Stanford 2020 champions, are about to go head-to-head for the lion's share of a US$400,000 kitty.

The winners will take away US$280,000, the losers US$100,000, and the Man of the Match will scoop a nest-lining US$20,000. Not bad for three hours' work ... I'm Andrew Miller, and I'll be taking you through tonight's action. Toss and teams will follow in about 15 minutes

0.1

Badree to Strauss, no run, twirled onto a good length to start proceedings, and pushed to midwicket off the back foot

0.2

Badree to Strauss, no run, good delivery, Strauss is hurried into a back foot defensive on off stump

0.3

Badree to Strauss, no run, outside off, and left alone

0.4

Badree to Strauss, 2 runs, sweeping, and that's chancy but safe! In the air a long way, but lobbed over the head of short fine leg, and down towards the rope

0.5

Badree to Strauss, no run, outside off again. Watchful stuff

0.6

Badree to Strauss, 2 runs, clipped off the pads to deep midwicket, and good hustling brings two to deep midwicket. A tidy first over

End of over 1 (4 runs) Middlesex 4/0

    • AJ Strauss 4 (6b)
    • NM Carter 0 (0b)
    • S Badree 1-0-4-0
1.1

Rampaul to Carter, 1 run, that was stone dead if it had hit! Off the back foot to midwicket, an instant suicidal call, and Carter had given up the ghost. "Dead, buried, rotten and forgotten," declares the PA man. Offair

1.2

Rampaul to Strauss, FOUR, on the pads, misdirected, and helped round the corner. Sweetly timed

1.3

Rampaul to Strauss, 2 runs, too short, and pulled aggressively into the deep, where the sweeper tidies up

1.4

Rampaul to Strauss, no run, outside off, and cut along the ground to gully

1.5

Rampaul to Strauss, 1 run, fuller and straighter, but a dinky late cut to third man brings a single. We've not seen much nurdling in this tournament so far, but maybe that's the way forward

1.6

Rampaul to Carter, OUT, down the track, a pre-meditated swipe, and a thin nick through to Ramdin! There's the breakthrough, and Carter's spell as a pinch-hitter has not come off in this tournament. Still, after his 11 from 27 balls yesterday, maybe his early removal is a blessing ...

NM Carter c †Ramdin b Rampaul 1 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 2 (8 runs) Middlesex 12/1

    • AJ Strauss 11 (10b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-8-1
2.1

Badree to Strauss, no run, skiddy bowling, fizzes onto the bat, and blocked in front of off stump

2.2

Badree to Strauss, no run, pushed into the covers

2.3

Badree to Strauss, 1 run, a miscued hoick over point, and that should have been out! But Darren Bravo was wrong-footed and started to run in, only for the ball to lob over his head. Lucky

2.4

Badree to Joyce, 1 run, dabbed into the leg-side

2.5

Badree to Strauss, 1 run, deflected to third man

2.6

Badree to Joyce, no run, a beautifully teasing, looping delivery, lobbed up above the eyeline and dropping late like a stone. Nothing Joyce can do but watch it like a hawk and defend. Lovely bowling

End of over 3 (3 runs) Middlesex 15/1

    • EC Joyce 1 (2b)
    • AJ Strauss 13 (14b 1x4)
    • S Badree 2-0-7-0
3.1

Rampaul to Strauss, 1 run, attempted nurdle to midwicket, but it doesn't come off

3.2

Rampaul to Joyce, OUT, outside off, a full length dragging Joyce forward, a simple regulation nick, and that's out! And look at Rampaul go! He's hurtling off into the outfield, doing a Monty, as they say in the trade. And T&T are on fire!

EC Joyce c †Ramdin b Rampaul 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

One Irishman goes, another comes in. Here's Eoin Morgan

3.3

Rampaul to Morgan, 1 run, straight bat with an open face, and deflected down to third man to get off the mark. Good bullet return prevents a second run

3.4

Rampaul to Strauss, no run, dragged forward and nudged into the covers. A touch of lateral movement perhaps?

3.5

Rampaul to Strauss, 1 run, a touch short and on the hip. Strauss whips it around the corner with minimal fuss

3.6

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, great finish to the over. Full, fast and straight enough to demand respect

End of over 4 (3 runs) Middlesex 18/2

    • EJG Morgan 1 (2b)
    • AJ Strauss 15 (17b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-11-2
4.1

Badree to Strauss, no run, floated onto the line of middle and leg, and clipped to midwicket

4.2

Badree to Strauss, 1 run, tries to force the pace, but nothing to work with. Lovely bowling again

4.3

Badree to Morgan, no run, looped up, and that's a genuine edge, but it falls safe in front of gully. Dicey stuff

4.4

Badree to Morgan, 1 run, down on one knee and pummelled out to deep midwicket

4.5

Badree to Strauss, 1 run, another sweep, more square this time, but boundaries are at a premium

4.6

Badree to Morgan, 1 wide, down the leg side and the first extra of the match

4.6

Badree to Morgan, no run, sweeping again and that just misses the stumps. Middlesex are stuck in neutral at the moment

Rampaul to continue

End of over 5 (4 runs) Middlesex 22/2

    • EJG Morgan 2 (5b)
    • AJ Strauss 17 (20b 1x4)
    • S Badree 3-0-11-0
5.1

Rampaul to Strauss, no run, defended hastily into the covers

5.2

Rampaul to Strauss, no run, a smidgeon of width, and Strauss flings the bat at it, but makes no contact

5.3

Rampaul to Strauss, 1 run, good bounce and carry again, but Strauss played that coolly, riding the bounce and nurdles a single to third man

5.4

Rampaul to Morgan, 2 runs, back foot drive with an open face, and Morgan calls instantly for two, but he would have been out had the shy been remotely close to the stumps. Instead Ramdin had to leap, and the moment was lost

5.5

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, an extra man comes in to backward point to plug the nurdle, and plug it he does. Good captaincy

5.6

Rampaul to Morgan, no run, outside off and left alone, and that's another fantastic over from Rampaul.

They'll be tempted to bowl him straight through now, though one more of those would be handy at the death. Meanwhile, here comes Amit Jaggernauth

End of over 6 (3 runs) Middlesex 25/2

    • EJG Morgan 4 (8b)
    • AJ Strauss 18 (23b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-14-2
6.1

Jaggernauth to Strauss, no run, reverse sweep and a half-appeal, but Rudi Koertzen is unmoved

6.2

Jaggernauth to Strauss, 1 run, pushed down to long-off

6.3

Jaggernauth to Morgan, no run, so close! Another reverse-sweep, miscued and lobbed dangerously close to the diving gully. But it lands just in front of him

6.4

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 1 run, a scampered single to escape the danger end. Strangulating stuff

6.5

Jaggernauth to Strauss, no run, short and Strauss is rushed into a pull shot that clatters into short fine leg. No gaps to be found anywhere

6.6

Jaggernauth to Strauss, 1 run, blocked into the covers and half a thought about a single, but wisely turned down

End of over 7 (3 runs) Middlesex 28/2

    • AJ Strauss 20 (27b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 5 (10b)
    • AS Jaggernauth 1-0-3-0
7.1

S Ganga to Strauss, no run, down the pitch and driven, but straight into the covers

7.2

S Ganga to Strauss, no run, short, and Strauss swings wildly, but can't make proper contact

7.3

S Ganga to Strauss, OUT, gone! And the pressure makes Strauss crack! Down the pitch, a loose swing, and he doesn't even feign an attempt to regain his ground as Ramdin whips off the bails. Middlesex are in big trouble

AJ Strauss st †Ramdin b S Ganga 20 (27m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Now then, if ever there was a moment for Tyron Henderson's big hitting to come off, it is now

7.4

S Ganga to Henderson, 1 leg bye, off the mark straightaway with a nudge to backward square

7.5

S Ganga to Morgan, 2 runs, sweep, and well executed. A good chase down to fine leg

7.6

S Ganga to Morgan, 1 run, pushed into the covers, and another successful over notched off by T&T

Only one boundary in eight overs! Incredible. No wonder Sir Allen now likes Test cricket again

End of over 8 (4 runs) Middlesex 32/3

    • EJG Morgan 8 (12b)
    • T Henderson 0 (1b)
    • S Ganga 1-0-3-1
8.1

Jaggernauth to Morgan, no run, defended again. No rush to up the ante, it seems

8.2

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 1 run, a half shimmy down the pitch, and clubbed to long off

8.3

Jaggernauth to Henderson, no run, Henderson comes forward, rocks back, and clubs a heavys shot into the covers

8.4

Jaggernauth to Henderson, no run, leaning back, and trying to smoke the ball over the off side, but no contact

8.5

Jaggernauth to Henderson, no run, the same again. No contact again, but plenty intent

8.6

Jaggernauth to Henderson, FOUR, contact this time! An aerial biff over the infield, and Navin Stewart produces a great effort to keep the ball in play, a sliding stop around the cover boundary, but his foot just touches the rope. Unlucky

Middlesex double their boundaries tally ...

End of over 9 (5 runs) Middlesex 37/3

    • T Henderson 4 (5b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 9 (14b)
    • AS Jaggernauth 2-0-8-0
9.1

S Ganga to Morgan, 1 run, reverse sweep, goes fine

9.2

S Ganga to Henderson, OUT, that's horrible. A mighty moo from Henderson, but the ball was too full for such extravagance, and his off stump is plucked from the ground!

T Henderson b S Ganga 4 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Dawid Malan, the only player to cope with the conditions yesterday, comes to the crease ...

9.3

S Ganga to Malan, no run, defended into the leg side, half an attempt to go for a run

9.4

S Ganga to Malan, no run, straight and flat, and a hasty defensive push

9.5

S Ganga to Malan, 1 run, onto the front foot and steered into the covers

9.6

S Ganga to Morgan, 1 run, clipped off the hip, and Middlesex have to make do with another single

Halfway through the overs. And it's not a pretty sight for the Englishmen

End of over 10 (3 runs) Middlesex 40/4

    • EJG Morgan 11 (16b)
    • DJ Malan 1 (3b)
    • S Ganga 2-0-6-2
10.1

Badree to Morgan, FOUR, the best shot of the night, not that there have been a lot of shots to choose from. A reverse sweep, timed to perfection, and bounding over the third man boundary boards

10.2

Badree to Morgan, no run

10.3

Badree to Morgan, 1 run, driven, and a thick edge, but it drops just short of backward point. Living dangerously

10.4

Badree to Malan, no run, hurried again, but defended in the end

10.5

Badree to Malan, 1 leg bye, on the hip and flicked fine. Another valuable single

10.6

Badree to Morgan, 1 run, tapped into space on the leg side, and one more to the meagre total

End of over 11 (7 runs) Middlesex 47/4

    • EJG Morgan 17 (20b 1x4)
    • DJ Malan 1 (5b)
    • S Badree 4-0-17-0

Here comes Navin Stewart for his first burst of the innings. A bit more pace, which Middlesex might appreciate...

11.1

Stewart to Morgan, no run, a loose drive, and once again, the ball lands inches short of the fielder, at short cover this time

11.2

Stewart to Morgan, 1 run, full length, on off stump, and pushed into the covers for another single. It's all they are getting at the mo

11.3

Stewart to Malan, no run, bouncer, and nicely bowled. Fizzing over Malan's lughole as he ducks. I think that surprised him

11.4

Stewart to Malan, no run, back on a fuller length, and defended into the covers again

11.5

Stewart to Malan, 1 run, a fraction of width and flogged with an open face past a diving gully and down to third man

11.6

Stewart to Morgan, 1 run, speared into the toes, almost a yorker, but well dug out and another single into the covers

Well, well. What on earth can Middlesex do to break the stranglehold?

End of over 12 (3 runs) Middlesex 50/4

    • EJG Morgan 19 (23b 1x4)
    • DJ Malan 2 (8b)
    • ND Stewart 1-0-3-0
12.1

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 1 run, dinked into space, and another jogged single

12.2

Jaggernauth to Malan, no run, looped onto a full length and rapped on the pads, outside the line of leg stump

12.3

Jaggernauth to Malan, 1 run, dropped and that never looked likely. Perkins was running back from short cover, with half an eye on long-off. But the ball came over his shoulder, out of the night sky, and down it went

12.4

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 2 runs, whipped into space at midwicket. A rare pair

12.5

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 1 run

12.6

Jaggernauth to Malan, no run, another reverse sweep, well middled, but straight to backward point. Slightly more eventful, that over ...

End of over 13 (5 runs) Middlesex 55/4

    • DJ Malan 3 (11b)
    • EJG Morgan 23 (26b 1x4)
    • AS Jaggernauth 3-0-13-0
13.1

Stewart to Morgan, 1 run, full length on the pads, and tucked to deep square leg

13.2

Stewart to Malan, OUT, great catch, and Malan goes! The ball was a bit of a gimme, full and on the pads, but he flicked it straight into the hands of short fine leg! Jaggernauth was the man, and he hardly had time to blink before flinging the ball into the air in jubilation. Middlesex are back in the mire

DJ Malan c Jaggernauth b Stewart 3 (13m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

13.3

Stewart to Dexter, 1 run, short and defended off the back foot

13.4

Stewart to Morgan, 1 run, on the pads and worked into space at square leg

13.5

Stewart to Dexter, 1 wide, short and wayward, a rare extra

13.5

Stewart to Dexter, no run, back on the straight and narrow

13.6

Stewart to Dexter, no run, good bowling, tight line and impeccable length. Pushed into the covers off the front foot, but with no power whatsoever

"Badree, Rampaul, Jaggernauth, Ganga... This T&T Bowling attack actually seems to be part of an Indian Expat XI..." declares a breathless Chiranjeevi. "Talk about India dominating World cricket!" Steady on Chiran, you're probably a few generations too late to claim these chaps as your own ...

End of over 14 (4 runs) Middlesex 59/5

    • NJ Dexter 1 (3b)
    • EJG Morgan 25 (27b 1x4)
    • ND Stewart 2-0-7-1
14.1

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 1 run, another half-run-out chance, but Ramdin couldn't decide where to shy the ball as he flung down a glove to gather, and the moment was lost

14.2

Jaggernauth to Dexter, no run, outside off, and left alone

14.3

Jaggernauth to Dexter, SIX, whoosh, he's got hold of that. The biggest - and only - hit of the night, launched high and handsome onto the Grandstand roof

14.4

Jaggernauth to Dexter, 1 run, tapped into the covers to rotate the strike

14.5

Jaggernauth to Morgan, 3 runs, blimey, so close again. Dexter had given up the ghost as the shy came in, but instead he got an overthrow. Which makes this into a rather better over for Middlesex

14.6

Jaggernauth to Dexter, 1 run, dabbed into space for another single, and we're three-quarters done

Here's Sherwin Ganga again

End of over 15 (12 runs) Middlesex 71/5

    • NJ Dexter 9 (7b 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 29 (29b 1x4)
    • AS Jaggernauth 4-0-25-0
15.1

S Ganga to Dexter, no run, twirled onto a good length and pushed into the covers

15.2

S Ganga to Dexter, no run, down the track to force the issue, but beaten in the flight. Good bowling

15.3

S Ganga to Dexter, 1 run, down the track again, and contact this time, into space at midwicket

15.4

S Ganga to Morgan, 1 run, a fraction short and on leg stump, whipped to midwicket without much aggression

15.5

S Ganga to Dexter, 2 runs, good pace on the ball as deep midwicket comes in to field, and they are easily back for two

15.6

S Ganga to Dexter, 1 run, bludgeoned back down the ground and a hint of a misfield. Another over dribbles by

"Hey hey hey these guys are Trinis!" says Triniguy. "Tell that Indian guy to look in India for players! hahaha!" Consider him told ...

End of over 16 (5 runs) Middlesex 76/5

    • NJ Dexter 13 (12b 1x6)
    • EJG Morgan 30 (30b 1x4)
    • S Ganga 3-0-11-2
16.1

Stewart to Dexter, no run, off the back foot and steered out to deep point

16.2

Stewart to Dexter, no run, a swish and a miss. Outside off and an opportunity goes begging

16.3

Stewart to Dexter, 1 run, another good delivery, a faster leg-stump yorker, and squeezed out to midwicket

16.4

Stewart to Morgan, OUT, got him! A great catch from Sherwin Ganga at short fine leg, taking off to his left to intercept a flick over the shoulder as Morgan attempted a sort of switch hit. He had all the time in the world for the shot, to be fair, as it was a pretty rank long-hop, but Stewart's variety earned him that breakthrough

EJG Morgan c S Ganga b Stewart 30 (51m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 96.77

16.5

Stewart to Scott, 1 run, full length again, and pushed down the ground to long-on

16.6

Stewart to Dexter, 2 runs, swung into the deep, ambitiously done, but finds space between the fielders on the leg side

End of over 17 (4 runs) Middlesex 80/6

    • NJ Dexter 16 (16b 1x6)
    • BJM Scott 1 (1b)
    • ND Stewart 3-0-11-2

Three overs to go, and the big question is, can Middlesex break three figures?

17.1

S Ganga to Scott, 1 run, full again, and defended into the leg-side

17.2

S Ganga to Dexter, 1 run, a fraction shorter, and clipped to deep midwicket

17.3

S Ganga to Scott, 1 run, hustled by one that seemed to keep low. But kept out somehow

17.4

S Ganga to Dexter, SIX, biff. That'll do. An old-fashioned flat-bat over cow corner

17.5

S Ganga to Dexter, 1 leg bye, on the pads, can't make contact with the bat

17.6

S Ganga to Scott, no run, down on one knee, but no contact with a swat into the leg-side. Another good over, that six notwithstanding

End of over 18 (10 runs) Middlesex 90/6

    • BJM Scott 3 (4b)
    • NJ Dexter 23 (19b 2x6)
    • S Ganga 4-0-20-2
18.1

Stewart to Dexter, SIX, a great effort from Jaggernauth at long-on, but his momentum carries him over the rope! One hand came off the bat as Dexter mowed through the line, but he got enough on it

18.2

Stewart to Dexter, 1 leg bye, finds the gap to rotate the strike

18.3

Stewart to Scott, 2 runs, wafted into the leg-side, no great pace on that shot

18.4

Stewart to Scott, 1 wide, a rare loose delivery, down the leg side, and there's the hundred at last

18.4

Stewart to Scott, no run, full and straight, and fielded with a dive in the followthrough

18.5

Stewart to Scott, 2 runs, launched into the deep and fielded on the midwicket boundary by Richard Kelly, whose first task of the series is soon to come

18.6

Stewart to Scott, FOUR, excellent strike, and that's a timely boundary, up and over the leg-side field, a couple of bounces and down to the WAGs enclosure at cow corner. Appropriately enough

"I wouldn't be counting out Middlesex just yet," says Avinash. "With their bowling attack, 120 could be a fighting total... if they can put that up." Meanwhile Junior calls for the groundsman to be shot. He has a point ...

End of over 19 (16 runs) Middlesex 106/6

    • BJM Scott 11 (8b 1x4)
    • NJ Dexter 29 (21b 3x6)
    • ND Stewart 4-0-26-2
19.1

Rampaul to Dexter, FOUR, that's a clean strike, a big swing and good contact, over deep midwicket

19.2

Rampaul to Dexter, 2 runs, yorker length, and dug out to deep square leg. Good running, and Dexter's back to keep the strike

19.3

Rampaul to Dexter, FOUR, wonderful pre-meditation from Dexter. One foot outside off stump, into position early, and paddled through the gap at fine leg for a valuable boundary

19.4

Rampaul to Dexter, OUT, that's a great riposte, but he's made a game of it. Full and straight, a perfect yorker from Rampaul and Dexter's off stump goes flying. Still, a cracking innings that has given Middlesex a fighting chance

NJ Dexter b Rampaul 39 (26m 25b 2x4 3x6) SR: 156.00

Here comes Hopalong Udal. He won't have to do too much running after tweaking his hamstring

19.5

Rampaul to Udal, OUT, he doesn't have to do any running at all! Short and straight, Udal swipes across the line, but finds a little tickle through to Ramdin. One ball to go ...

SD Udal c †Ramdin b Rampaul 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.6

Rampaul to Murtagh, 1 run, in the blockhole and biffed down the ground to long-off, and that's the end of that. Great bowling from Rampaul. Four wickets for him

So, Middlesex post a total of 117 for 8, thanks almost entirely to the six-hitting antics of Neil Dexter, whose 39 from 25 balls was one of only two innings at more than a run-a-ball. Ben Scott's 11 not out from eight balls was the other one. Rampaul was the star with 4 for 25, although Navin Stewart's liquorice allsorts deserve a special mention. Join us again in 15 minutes for the resumption. It should be grimly fascinating viewing

End of over 20 (11 runs) Middlesex 117/8

    • TJ Murtagh 1 (1b)
    • BJM Scott 11 (8b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 4-0-25-4
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