White-ball domestic action at Lord’s sees Middlesex take on Hampshire in the Vitality Blast. Limited tickets are available.
By Jack Nevill
After a terrific start to their T20 blast campaign, with 6 wins from their 10 games, and just 1 point off the south group lead, Middlesex host Hampshire at the Home of Cricket.
Middlesex will be buoyed by the news that South African superstar A.B De Villiers will be staying with the team for the remainder of the T20 Blast group stage having previously only been contracted to return for the knockout stages, to complement the signing of veteran Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
De Villiers and his competition best batting average of 84, combines with World Cup winning England captain Eoin Morgan and England Test centurion Dawid Malan to form a fearsome batting line-up; backed up by an impressive bowling unit led by former England pacemen Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones and supported by Afghani superstar mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
The visitors Hampshire have struggled in the tournament thus far, with just 3 wins from their 9 games. But with 7 points and a game in hand on many of their rivals, hope is not all lost for qualification. Despite a line-up including England stars James Vince, Liam Dawson and Mason Crane, the lack of big performances has been the issue for Hampshire, however with the starpower they possess they can pose a serious threat to their hosts. That said with De Villiers back on board and home advantage, Middlesex should feel very confident about getting their 7th win in the Blast.
Play starts at 6.15pm.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the day for Middlesex in Vitality Blast action are subject to availability. Checking the Middlesex CCC Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
Travel tips: Travelling via public transport is recommended. The nearest tube station is St John’s Wood – on the Jubilee line – which is a five minute walk. Four alternative tube stations are only 15 mins walk away: Baker Street, Warwick Ave, Marylebone and Edgware.
Car parking is the area is restricted however Westminster Council offer parking close to Lord’s at Kingsmill Terrace (NW8 6AA) visit their website for more details.
About the Vitality Blast: The Vitality Blast is English domestic cricket’s 20 overs a side competition. Taking place from July to August there is a round-robin where each of the nine sides in the North Group and South Group (all 18 first-class counties take part) play each other home and away.
The teams finishing in the top four of each group proceed to the quarter-finals with the last four competing at a sold-out Finals Day at Edgbaston on 21 September.
Matches follow the standard T20 format – bowlers are allotted four overs each max and each innings the first six overs are the powerplay with no more than two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle.