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Middlesex seek T20 turnaround Published: 17 June 2012

Middlesex will be hoping to reverse their bad start to the T20 campaign when they take on Sussex at Lord's on a special Fathers Day this Sunday.

The Panthers threw away strong positions early in both innings against local rivals Surrey, in their opening match of the campaign at Lord's, which ended in a 28-run Duckworth/Lewis defeat.

However, there were plenty of promising signs for Angus Fraser's side, with several of the limited overs specialists showing themselves to be in excellent nick.

Ireland batsman Paul Stirling continued his run of form with a 23-ball innings of 36 which brought a Lord's crowd in excess of 15,000 some of the finest entertainment of the match.

The 21-year-old, who has already played 50 internationals for his country, is in fine form - having made a century against Lancashire in the CB40 at Lord's on Sunday 10 June.

He will need better support from the rest of the batting line-up though, with only four players reaching double figures as they slumped from 64/1 to 99/8 when rain halted play at the end of the 16th over.

Bowlers Steven Crook and Tom Smith also bowled well as the hosts restricted a dynamic Surrey top order to just 149. They will now be hoping to see an improvement from the batting teammates when Sussex arrive at the Home of Cricket.

Fathers Day

In addition to top-class cricket, Lord's will be hosting a family carnival, featuring face painters, candy floss & popcorn stalls, fairground stalls, stocks and a bowling radar speed cage challenge!

Gates open two hours before the start of the match, so join us for lunch before settling down for the match.


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