Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Hampshire vs Middlesex Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hampshire vs Middlesex taking place? Thursday 29th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Hampshire vs Middlesex taking place? The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

What is the expected weather for Hampshire vs Middlesex? 19c and sunny with a light breeze

What television channel is Hampshire vs Middlesex on? Hampshire vs Middlesex will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Hampshire vs Middlesex? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Hampshire vs Middlesex? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Hampshire W18, Middlesex W11, No result 2
Last meeting: Hampshire beat Middlesex by 7 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

HAMPSHIRE

  • After rescuing a tie in their last match against Essex Eagles, Hampshire kept alive their slim hopes of qualification from the South Group and will need to win their final two group games to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
  • Sam Northeast was the hero for Hampshire, hitting 73 from 56 balls before being run out going for the winning run in a chase that saw them hit 41 runs from the final three overs of the game.
  • Leg spinner Mason Crane remains injured and will not feature in this match, so once again England international Liam Dawson and overseas player Tabraiz Shamsi will provide the two spin options for Hampshire as they look to restrict the Middlesex batsman on a ground with long boundaries.

MIDDLESEX

  • Middlesex slipped to their second Vitality Blast defeat in a row on Saturday, after they were hammered by top of the table Sussex Sharks by eight wickets at Uxbridge so they will be desperate to bounce back from that.
  • Despite racking up 171/5 from their 20 overs, Middlesex failed to keep the Sussex top order in check, with the likes of Tom Helm only bowling one over after being hit for 14 runs and the usually economical Toby Roland Jones being smashed for 34 from his two overs.
  • Middlesex have been handed a major boost with the return of South African legend AB de Villiers for their final two group games. “Mr 360” holds the highest batting average in this year’s Vitality Blast, averaging 84.33 in the five games he has played, and he will be sure to play a key role for Middlesex in this match.

THE PREDICTION

As the South Group takes shape ahead of the final two match nights, this is a must win game for both teams. Hampshire will be unable to finish in the top four should they lose, whilst a loss for Middlesex would see them needing to beat Somerset at Taunton in their final group game to guarantee qualification to the knockout stages.

This is likely to be a far closer match than the reverse fixture at Lord’s last week which saw Hampshire ease to a seven-wicket victory. The key in this game is bound to be whether De Villiers returns with a bang or not. Middlesex only won one game in the absence of the batting superstar and his return should be the catalyst to a victory for Middlesex here, which would put them within touching distance of the quarter-final.

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