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Nannes hat-trick shatters Essex

Twenty20 Cup, Chelmsford:
Middlesex 133-3 (16.1 overs) bt Essex 132 (20 overs) by seven wickets


Middlesex made it three wins out of three in the Twenty20 Cup as a Dirk Nannes hat-trick inspired them to a seven-wicket win over Essex.

The Australian bowled Varun Chopra and Grant Flower before trapping Ryan ten Doeschate lbw to complete his treble.

Nannes finished with figures of 4-28 as the home side made 132 all out, largely thanks to James Foster's unbeaten 50.

But it was nowhere near enough as Tyron Henderson hammered 64 not out off 30 balls to see Middlesex home.

Henderson, who had earlier supported Nannes well with figures of 3-27, hammered two sixes and nine fours as the visitors wrapped things up with 17 balls to spare.

Essex never recovered from a dismal start to the game which saw Jason Gallian yorked for one by the fifth delivery from 32-year-old left-armer Nannes, who is playing for Middlesex this summer on a Dutch passport.

His hat-trick gave him astonishing figures of 4-4 after two overs but Foster and Graham Napier (31) enabled the home side to reach a score which was at least respectable.

Their seamers could not match the penetration of Nannes, however, and an opening partnership of 43 between Billy Godleman (30) and Dawid Malan (23) gave Middlesex the ideal platform to launch their run-chase.

David Masters and Maurice Chambers picked up a wicket each but Henderson struck his first three deliveries for four as he and Godleman added 53 for the third wicket.

Godleman was eventually bowled by Ten Doeschate, but that proved to be Essex's last hurrah as Henderson finished the job.




see also
Morgan inspires Middlesex victory
12 Jun 08 |  Counties


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