Middlesex got their Vitality Blast campaign off to a winning start this evening at Lord’s with a three-wicket victory over London rivals Surrey.
The hosts restricted Surrey to 158 for 6 and reached their target with an over remaining in front of over 27,000 at a sun-kissed Home of Cricket.
Paul Stirling’s fine all-round performance was the catalyst for Middlesex’s win. He claimed figures of 3 for 26 from his four overs, snaring the key wickets of openers Rory Burns, Will Jacks, and England’s Sam Curran, who had been released from the squad for this match.
Surrey’s veteran all-rounder Rikki Clarke struck a fine half-century from only 25 deliveries but the visitors will have always felt their total was a little on the light side following a disciplined Middlesex bowling display.
It was Stirling who got the Middlesex innings off to a flyer, hitting 66 from 36 balls, but it was his dismissal which sparked a collapse, as Surrey hit back to take four wickets for only one run in seven deliveries.
However, Hilton Cartwright (38) and late order contributions from John Simpson (13) and James Fuller (18 not out) ensured Middlesex got themselves over the line in the first of five home Vitality T20 Blast matches at Lord’s this season.
Middlesex's next match at Lord's will be on Thursday 19th July, when they play host to Somerset. Tickets are available below.