Middlesex’s Finn frustrated ‘but proud’

Steven Finn of Middlesex warms up (pic Nick Wood/TGS Photo)

Steven Finn of Middlesex warms up (pic Nick Wood/TGS Photo) - Credit: Nick Wood/TGS Photo

Middlesex captain Steven Finn was left frustrated but proud after his side’s five-wicket loss to Hampshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Wednesday.

Stevie Eskinazi’s 42 top-scored in a modest total of 199-8, with Max Holden (38) and Hilton Cartwright (28) also making starts.

But the visitors eased to their target with 11 overs to spare, despite a brace from Finn (2-42) as James Vince led the way with a half-century.

And Finnn said: “We were 30-40 runs short with the bat as a result of not building partnerships and then we didn’t start particularly well with the ball which gave Hampshire a head start chasing a small total.

“But I’m proud of the way the guys fought and the way we put pressure on them at the back end of the innings. It is just a shame we didn’t have those few extra runs.

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“The toss was a close call, but fundamentally I thought the wicket would slow up and become harder to score on.

“It is hard to say whether that decision was correct or not as we didn’t get enough runs.

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“I think we need two wins from two, but we have competed in games in this tournament to a level where I know we can win these two games.”

Middlesex host Surrey at Lord’s on Sunday (11am) and then visit Gloucestershire on Wednesday June 6.

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