Middlesex must move on says Simpson

John Simpson in batting action for Middlesex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

John Simpson in batting action for Middlesex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

John Simpson says Middlesex just have to move on from their 53-run defeat against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Chasing 284, the visitors slipped to 145-8 before Simpson and tailenders Steve Finn and Ravi Patel offered faint hope.

But Simpson was last man out for 77, with 10 overs remaining, and said; “We weren’t in an ideal position but with a shorter boundary and good memories of batting here I thought we had a chance of getting over the line.

“Then when Ravi came out he batted beautifully. It was just disappointing when I got out.

“Over the last few games we have added some momentum and winning here would have been fantastic. Now we just move onto the next one.”

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Peter Trego (65), Lewis Gregory (56) and Roelof van der Merwe (52) led Somerset to 283, as Finn (4-65, Patel (3-48) and Tom Helm (2-68) had most success with the ball for Middlesex.

And captain Gregory said; “It’s great to get a W on the board after a couple of defeats and let’s hope we can go to Kent now and put in a good performance.

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“When we bat, we seem to gather momentum and then lose key wickets. That can put you under the pump a bit. It happened today.

“It’s something we need to address if we are going to go further in the competition.

“That said, I thought the boys bowled and fielded well and there were some really decent contributions with the bat, starting with Peter (Trego) at the top of the innings.

“Personally, it was nice to get back on the pitch, get some runs and to finish on the winning side.”

Middlesex return to action on Wednesday when they welcome Hampshire to Lord’s.

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