England’s T20I and ODI captain Eoin Morgan played a blistering knock of 83 runs from 29 balls. The southpaw batsman scored five fours and eight sixes in his match-winning knock. Middlesex had to chase down a stiff target of 227 runs after Somerset posted a competitive score. Morgan’s side was in a spot of bother at 128-4 but the left-hander came up with rescue innings.
Consequently, Middlesex has qualified for the quarterfinal of the ongoing Vitality T20 Blast and they will play Nottinghamshire on 5th September. Middlesex came up with a fine performance and would like to carry the same.
Morgan was at his best.
Somerset posted a competitive score of 226 runs after they won the toss and elected to bat first. However, they didn’t get off to a good start as their opener Babar Azam was dismissed without troubling the scorers. It was a crucial wicket for Middlesex as the Pakistan batsman is in fine form.
Somerset’s wicket-keeper batsman Tom Banton scored a good knock of 62 runs off just 39 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Subsequently, Somerset’s skipper Tom Abell scored a 47-ball 101 with the help of 13 fours and three maximums. Edward Byrom added the finishing touches to the score as smashed 44 runs from 20 balls.
On the other hand, Middlesex got off to a quick start as their captain Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling added 67 runs inside four overs. Somerset was in the driver’s seat as Middlesex were 128-4 when Eoin Morgan came up with a fine knock.
Lancashire, Essex, Sussex, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, and Derbyshire are the other six teams who have qualified for the quarterfinals. The final of the Vitality T20 Blast will be played on 21 September at Birmingham. In fact, the semifinal of the league will also be played on 21st September at the same venue of Edgbaston.
Eoin Morgan will like to continue his good form going in the Quarterfinal and will like to deliver the goods for Middlesex.