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Middlesex v Essex: Preview Published: 24 August 2012

Middlesex's long hiatus from Lord's ends as they take on Essex on Bank Holiday Monday in the final CB40 Group match of the season.

Despite a strong outing in the 40 over format this summer, Middlesex are already out of contention for a place in the final four who will play for a place in the Lord's final.

Angus Fraser's side will be hopeful of rounding off a good campaign with victory over their local rivals Essex, who have been in mixed form in the competition.

Middlesex have Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan missing from their side on England duty, but the hosts have the likes of hard-hitting Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling, as well as the ever consistent Chris Rogers in their batting line-up.

Essex likewise are missing Ravi Bopara, but in Owais Shah they have a quality performer with the bat who loves batting at Lord's, having spent the majority of his career as a Middlesex player.


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