Group 2, Southampton, April 15 - 18, 2021, County Championship
319 & 290/4d
(T:531) 79 & 281

Hampshire won by 249 runs

Hampshire 1st INNINGS 
Joe Weatherley st †Simpson b Bamber1636513044.44
Ian Holland c Robson b Roland-Jones641381689046.37
Tom Alsop c Sowter b Finn1953744035.84
Sam Northeast c †Simpson b Andersson631111698056.75
James Vince (c)c Eskinazi b Andersson991220100.00
Liam Dawson c Andersson b Finn2251631043.13
Lewis McManus  b Sowter4671066.66
Kyle Abbott  b Finn581441796040.27
Mason Crane c Robson b Bamber1840463045.00
Brad Wheal not out 21651032032.30
Mohammad Abbas c †Simpson b Finn413140030.76
Extras(lb 12, nb 8, w 1)21
TOTAL110.2 Ov (RR: 2.89)319
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Joe Weatherley, 12.4 ov), 2-77 (Tom Alsop, 31.1 ov), 3-128 (Ian Holland, 41.5 ov), 4-143 (James Vince, 44.2 ov), 5-191 (Liam Dawson, 60.3 ov), 6-196 (Lewis McManus, 61.6 ov), 7-221 (Sam Northeast, 73.2 ov), 8-252 (Mason Crane, 84.2 ov), 9-313 (Kyle Abbott, 106.4 ov), 10-319 (Mohammad Abbas, 110.2 ov)
Ethan Bamber2787922.9212712010
12.4 to JJ Weatherley, . 26/1
84.2 to MS Crane, . 252/8
Toby Roland-Jones2985411.861434000
41.5 to IG Holland, gottim, Holland is dislodged! Some extra kick from back of a length for TRJ, and it takes the outside edge as the opener feels for it, well held at second slip. Breaks a 51-run stand for the third wicket. 128/3
Steven Finn25.219643.7811313004
31.1 to TP Alsop, . 77/2
60.3 to LA Dawson, full and drifting on to leg stump, Dawson flicks aerially... and picks out midwicket! Finn strikes for the second time during this afternoon session, as another decent Hampshire partnership is broken. 191/5
106.4 to KJ Abbott, Finn does the job at last for Middlesex! Length ball, seaming back in past Abbott's forward punch, stumps akimbo. 313/9
110.2 to Mohammad Abbas, . 319/10
Martin Andersson1935322.78928000
44.2 to JM Vince, flirty flash to one wide of off stump, and Vince has gone! He kicks the air in frustration, that's his career in a nutshell, really. Takes Andersson's medium-pace for a couple of breezy fours, then steers an innocuous delivery to slip. 143/4
73.2 to SA Northeast, Andersson gets another, short and wide does the trick! Northeast looks disappointed with himself, having battled hard to get this far... he was reaching for the cut, maybe stayed a bit low, and he feathered through to Simpson. 221/7
Nathan Sowter1012512.50432000
61.6 to LD McManus, sticks out the front pad to leave, but the googly comes back and clips off stump! McManus is bowled shouldering arms, Sowter wheels away in delight. Hampshire's position looking a little stickier now. 196/6
Middlesex 1st INNINGS 
Sam Robson c Weatherley b Mohammad Abbas1854712033.33
Max Holden c Weatherley b Mohammad Abbas2570040.00
Nick Gubbins lbw b Mohammad Abbas011000.00
Stephen Eskinazi (c)c †McManus b Mohammad Abbas33600100.00
Robbie White lbw b Mohammad Abbas0711000.00
Martin Andersson lbw b Mohammad Abbas022000.00
John Simpson c Dawson b Wheal16621121025.80
Toby Roland-Jones  b Abbott53410166.66
Nathan Sowter not out 2457772042.10
Steven Finn c †McManus b Wheal312100025.00
Ethan Bamber c †McManus b Wheal024000.00
Extras(lb 8)8
TOTAL34.4 Ov (RR: 2.27)79
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Max Holden, 1.5 ov), 2-2 (Nick Gubbins, 1.6 ov), 3-8 (Stephen Eskinazi, 3.1 ov), 4-14 (Robbie White, 5.3 ov), 5-14 (Martin Andersson, 5.5 ov), 6-31 (Sam Robson, 15.4 ov), 7-36 (Toby Roland-Jones, 16.2 ov), 8-75 (John Simpson, 32.1 ov), 9-79 (Steven Finn, 34.2 ov), 10-79 (Ethan Bamber, 34.4 ov)
Kyle Abbott1133613.27484000
16.2 to TS Roland-Jones, . 36/7
Mohammad Abbas1161161.00580000
1.5 to MDE Holden, . 2/1
1.6 to NRT Gubbins, . 2/2
3.1 to SS Eskinazi, . 8/3
5.3 to RG White, . 14/4
5.5 to MK Andersson, . 14/5
15.4 to SD Robson, . 31/6
Ian Holland63400.66330000
Mason Crane301103.66101000
Brad Wheal3.40932.45171000
32.1 to JA Simpson, . 75/8
34.2 to ST Finn, . 79/9
34.4 to ER Bamber, . 79/10
Hampshire 2nd INNINGS 
Joe Weatherley c Andersson b Roland-Jones11413007.14
Ian Holland not out 14618626018178.49
Tom Alsop c †Simpson b Bamber057000.00
Sam Northeast  b Finn11818822513062.76
James Vince (c)lbw b Finn039000.00
Liam Dawson not out 981100112.50
Extras(b 6, lb 5, nb 4, w 1)16
TOTAL67 Ov (RR: 4.32)290/4d
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Joe Weatherley, 3.2 ov), 2-2 (Tom Alsop, 4.3 ov), 3-259 (Sam Northeast, 62.6 ov), 4-273 (James Vince, 64.3 ov)
Ethan Bamber1115214.72449000
4.3 to TP Alsop, . 2/2
Toby Roland-Jones85710.87451000
3.2 to JJ Weatherley, . 1/1
Martin Andersson814105.12315001
Nathan Sowter25211404.568612110
Steven Finn1104724.27364001
62.6 to SA Northeast, splat! Big old mow from Northeast and he is comprehensively castled - off stump out of the ground! A fine knock, he's applauded from the field by his team-mates. Finn breaks the stand at 257. 259/3
64.3 to JM Vince, pinned in front, up goes the finger! Rapped him around ankle height, maybe a touch leg side but he was stuck on the crease, whipping across the line. Vince falls without scoring, heads off to be replaced by Liam Dawson. Two in two overs for Finn. 273/4
Sam Robson401804.5090000
Middlesex 2nd INNINGS (Target: 531 runs)
Max Holden lbw b Abbott1048521020.83
Sam Robson  b Mohammad Abbas1923463082.60
Nick Gubbins c Dawson b Holland671231687054.47
Stephen Eskinazi (c)c Weatherley b Mohammad Abbas19130011.11
Robbie White lbw b Holland731612097045.34
Martin Andersson c †McManus b Holland2661715042.62
John Simpson c Weatherley b Mohammad Abbas2145514046.66
Toby Roland-Jones lbw b Abbott529381017.24
Nathan Sowter lbw b Abbott913182069.23
Steven Finn not out 1342621030.95
Ethan Bamber c †McManus b Dawson2440504060.00
Extras(b 13)13
TOTAL99 Ov (RR: 2.83)281
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Sam Robson, 11.1 ov), 2-32 (Max Holden, 12.4 ov), 3-33 (Stephen Eskinazi, 15.4 ov), 4-155 (Nick Gubbins, 52.6 ov), 5-208 (Robbie White, 70.3 ov), 6-219 (Martin Andersson, 72.1 ov), 7-235 (Toby Roland-Jones, 82.4 ov), 8-235 (John Simpson, 83.3 ov), 9-245 (Nathan Sowter, 86.1 ov), 10-281 (Ethan Bamber, 98.6 ov)
Kyle Abbott1936433.36879000
12.4 to MDE Holden, Two in two overs! Abbott at the other end, bringing one back into the left-hander as he shuffled across, and up goes the finger. 32/2
82.4 to TS Roland-Jones, Rapped on the boot and given straight away! Slipped in the yorker and Roland-Jones failed to get bat down in time, Abbott chips out the seventh with the new ball. 235/7
86.1 to NA Sowter, Abbott goes full, hits the front pad, and that's salmon and trout! Sowter looks a bit miffed, but I reckon that was hitting middle and leg. Hampshire one away from a comprehensive win here at the Ageas. 245/9
Mohammad Abbas20102831.401064000
11.1 to SD Robson, There's the first for Hampshire, and for Abbas! Robson plays back and diverts the back down on to his stumps. Blow for Middlesex straight after lunch. 30/1
15.4 to SS Eskinazi, edged, low towards third slip, and snapped up! Eskinazi lingers, but the umpires seem happy that the ball carried to Weatherley. Abbas makes another breakthrough, again dragging his length down as the batsman advanced to find the outside edge. 33/3
83.3 to JA Simpson, Abbas has his ninth, steered to third slip via a crease-bound prod! Teasing angle and Simpson plays slightly the wrong line, Abbas and his protractor doing the business again. Hampshire two wickets away. 235/8
Liam Dawson1754412.58805000
98.6 to ER Bamber, Dawson strikes, nicked behind and that's the mercy blow! Forcing shot from Bamber and the last-wicket rearguard ends at 36 from 12.5 overs. Hampshire cruise to victory inside the morning session here, and have two victories from two to start the season. 281/10
Brad Wheal1634002.50724000
Mason Crane1817304.05729000
Ian Holland941932.11474000
52.6 to NRT Gubbins, Holland strikes in his first over, Gubbins steering to slip! Brilliantly held by Dawson low down, and Gubbins has to go. He holds the defensive pose, then drags himself off, thumping his bat on his way. A decent knock, but Hampshire have the breakthrough they needed. 155/4
70.3 to RG White, golden arm Holland does it again! Angling in, a fiendish medium-dobber to White, still trying to get his feet moving first thing, and he is pinned on the back pad, I think. No delay in the finger going up, and White will depart, hopes of a maiden first-class hundred snuffed out. 208/5
72.1 to MK Andersson, short and wide, Andersson is tempted, but nicks a cut through! Third wicket in the match for Holland, to go with 200-plus runs, and Hampshire have knocked two big bricks out of the Middlesex wall inside 3.1 overs this morning. 219/6
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TossHampshire, elected to bat first
Match days15,16,17,18 April 2021 - day (4-day match)
Nigel Llong
Tom Lungley
Match Referee
James Whitaker
PointsHampshire 22, Middlesex 3
Thu, 15 Apr - day 1 - Hampshire 1st innings 281/8 (Kyle Abbott 35*, Brad Wheal 11*, 98 ov)
Fri, 16 Apr - day 2 - Hampshire 2nd innings 204/2 (Ian Holland 90*, Sam Northeast 99*, 50 ov)
Sat, 17 Apr - day 3 - Middlesex 2nd innings 208/4 (Robbie White 73*, Martin Andersson 25*, 69 ov)
Sun, 18 Apr - day 4 - Middlesex 2nd innings 281 (99 ov) - end of match
Day 2
  • Middlesex 1st innings
  • Mohammad Abbas took a hat-trick with the wickets of MDE Holden (1.5 ov), NRT Gubbins (1.6 ov) and SS Eskinazi (3.1 ov), dismissed across 2 overs
  • Batting and Bowling points: Hampshire 6, Middlesex 3
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