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T20 BLAST 2023

Sussex players console Middlesex skipper Steve Eskinazi whose unbeaten 94 went in vain © Getty

South Group

Middlesex vs Sussex

Captain Stephen Eskinazi batted through to score 94* but Middlesex still slipped to an eight straight defeat at the 2023 T20 Blast. Chasing Sussex’s score of 181 at Lord’s, the hosts were in command to register their first win of the season with Eskinazi helping them achieve a 60-run PowerPlay and then taking them to needing 22 off 13 with seven wickets in hand. Inexplicably, however, they fluffed the chase from there with Tymal Mills defending 12 off the final over to give Sussex only their second win of the season, ending a run of four straight losses.

Middlesex had fought back well with the ball too to keep the visitors down when a bigger total seemed on the cards. Shadab Khan smashed a quickfire 59 but once he departed, the hosts pulled back really well to concede only 31 from the last four overs. Yet, those efforts proved to be of little value to the end result.

Brief scores: Sussex 181/8 in 20 overs (Shadab Khan 59, Tom Clark 39; Luke Hollman 2-30) beat Middlesex 177/5 in 20 overs (Stephen Eskinazi 94*; Nathan McAndrew 2-34) by 4 runs

North Group

Nottinghamshire vs Durham

Nottinghamshire climbed to the top of the North Group standings with a clinical 26-run victory, their third on the bounce and fifth overall from eight games. At their home in Trent Bridge, they produced against Durham a collective batting display led by quickfire knocks from Colin Munro (49 off 28) and Alex Hales (39 off 22). Despite losing Joe Clarke to the second ball of the innings, Nottinghamshire put up an impressive 187/7 on the board with little contributions coming through the line-up.

Durham were never in the chase once they lost three wickets inside the PowerPlay. Oliver Robinson and Bas de Leede led a brief resistance, the latter even going on to score a fine half-century but Samit Patel and Jake Ball finished with three wickets apiece to finish comfortably ahead of the chasing team.

Brief scores: Nottinghamshire 187/7 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 49, Alex Hales 39; Nathan Sowter 4-29) beat Durham 161/9 in 20 overs (Bas de Leede 58; Samit Patel 3-30, Jake Ball 3-38) by 26 runs

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