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Lumb on top as holders lose again

Hampshire 183-7 beat Middlesex 155-5 by 28 runs
(Hants 2pts, Middlesex 0pts)

Michael Lumb
Lumb took his run tally in this year's Twenty20 Cup past the 300-mark

Hampshire kept alive their hopes of a place in the last eight of the Twenty20 Cup as they maintained holders Middlesex's astonishing losing run.

Michael Lumb hit 93 as Hampshire piled up 183-6 at The Rose Bowl.

Last year's fallen winners Middlesex then looked on course for a first South Division win in seven games in this season's competition at 116-1.

But Billy Godleman (57) and Owais Shah (45) got out going for big hits as the visitors made 155-5 to lose by 28 runs.

Middlesex's seventh straight win looked on the cards from the moment that Lumb launched the Hampshire innings in devastating form, smashing 11 fours and three sixes in his 52-ball knock.

Lumb had already scored a century in this year's Twenty20, an unbeaten 124 against Essex in the last game before the competition break on 3 June.


That was the third highest innings in the seven-year history of Twenty20 cricket in this country. And this latest knock saw his total aggregate go past 1200 runs, overtaking Graeme Hick as he elevated himself into the top six performers in the English version of this game since 2003.

Receiving intermittent support from Michael Carberry and Dimitri Mascarenhas, who hit two sixes in 23, he looked certain to score his second century of the season but, having charged down the wicket to Gareth Berg, he was stumped off a wide.

The crowd of around 5,000 were then quietened as Middlesex looked to have rediscovered their touch.

But from the moment Godleman was leg before to Imran Tahir, the visitors' challenge began to fade.

Chris Tremlett, fit again after injury, finished with figures of 2-28 from his four overs, finishing off the Middlesex resistance by dismissing Eoin Morgan and Tyron Henderson to catches in the deep.

Hampshire are back in action again at The Rose Bowl against one of their three main South Division rivals Kent on Friday night (26 June, 1730 BST).

Middlesex's next chance to end their losing Twenty20 run will be at Lord's the same night against Essex.

Hampshire manager Giles White told BBC Radio Solent:

"We did the job but it was touch and go at one stage because Middlesex got themselves back into the game.

"But towards the end we bowled particularly well and did it comfortably.

"Michael Lumb is a dangerous player up front and I would imagine other sides talk about him in meetings before games.

"He's got on a bit of a roll and hopefully he can continue that for the next couple of games."

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