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Middlesex overcome Unicorns in tight contest

Joe Denly stuck 57 to top score for the Panthers
Joe Denly stuck 57 to top score for the Panthers

Middlesex continued their good form in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition with a nail biting one wicket victory over the Unicorns at Lord's on Sunday 11 July.

In a team that included England duo Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan the crowd at the Home of Cricket were treated to an exciting, close finish.

Having won the toss and inserted the non-contracted County side, the Panthers kept the visitors to 208/7 from their 40 overs, with wicket-keeper Keith Parsons hitting a run-a-ball 64 not out. Toby Roland-Jones was the pick of the Middlesex attack, taking 3/33 from his 8 overs.

What looked like a modest total on a sunny London afternoon turned out to be a close chase for Neil Dexter's men.

The early wicket of Dawid Malan brought Joe Denly to the crease and the 27-year-old, along with Paul Stirling, constructed a solid second wicket partnership of 65.

But after Stirling was stumped for 42 and Denly bowled for 57 the home side started to struggle.

Only John Simpson (50 not out) held his own in the middle order as Middlesex started losing wickets at regular intervals.

It was left to him, and Finn, to see the Panthers home with five balls to spare and one wicket in hand.

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