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Must-win fixture awaits Panthers

Must-win fixture awaits Panthers

Middlesex face a must-win Yorkshire Bank 40 competition fixture against Gloucestershire at Lord's this afternoon, as they fight to keep their semi-final hopes alive following their defeat to Glamorgan on Wednesday evening.

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The Panthers will be disappointed not to have secured a victory over Glamorgan in their rain affected day/night match yesterday evening but will try to turn things around with the back-to-back fixture schedule.

Neil Dexter's side did well to restrict the hosts to 153/9 from their 25 overs in Cardiff but could only muster 142/9 in response, giving Glamorgan victory by eleven runs.

Dexter top scored in the run chase with 54 and Toby Roland-Jones excelled with figures of 3/13 from his five overs. Some positives that Dexter and his men must take into the clash at Lord's.

Middlesex must now win both their remaining fixtures to stand any chance of reaching the semi-finals of the YB40, starting with Gloucestershire today.

The Panthers are fourth in Group C of the competition but could still qualify for the semis with a win today and a victory over Leicestershire in their final group game, and hope results around the country go their way.

Angus Fraser's side have named the same 13-man squad for Lord's that was selected against Gloucestershire. England duo of Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan are likely to play, while Paul Stirling, James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones are amongst a group of talented players that will be on display.

The game gets underway at 3.40pm with gates opening from 2.10pm.

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