Middlesex beaten in NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final at Northamptonshire
PUBLISHED: 21:21 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 21:21 09 August 2016
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Former Middlesex player Adam Rossington ended his old club's hopes of NatWest T20 Blast glory as they were eliminated by Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the quarter-final.
Wicketkeeper Rossington, who moved to Northampton two years ago, hit an unbeaten 67 from 53 balls to secure a seven-wicket victory – and book his side’s place at finals day later this month.
Dawid Malan won the toss at Wantage Road and opted to bat – but the Middlesex skipper’s own contribution lasted just two deliveries as Rory Kleinveldt (3-24) bowled him for a duck.
Nick Gubbins (7) followed in the next over, playing on to Richard Gleeson, but Paul Stirling (35) and George Bailey rebuilt with a third-wicket partnership of 68.
However, the crafty, accurate bowling of Gleeson and spinner Seekkuge Prasanna – both of whom returned figures of 2-20 – ensured the visitors’ innings was never able to gather momentum.
Stirling and John Simpson (8) both holed out to Prasanna, while Bailey had made 46 at exactly a run a ball before he squirted Gleeson to mid-off – and, despite an unbeaten 21 from James Franklin, Middlesex crawled to 132-7 from their 20 overs.
That total never looked likely to pose many problems for the Steelbacks, although they lost Richard Levi (9) to a top edge off Roland-Jones (2-24) in the third over.
Josh Cobb (12) sliced Ryan Higgins to point, but Gubbins put down a difficult chance to remove Ben Duckett for three – and Middlesex were made to pay by the Northamptonshire starlet.
Duckett produced an array of shots in his breezy knock of 29 from 25 balls before being caught in the deep by Bailey, but it made no difference in the long term.
Rossington hooked Harry Podmore for six to bring up his half-century – and, fittingly, it was the Steelbacks star who swept the winning boundary to clinch his side’s victory with 11 balls to spare.