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Ryan Higgins stars with bat and ball as Middlesex down Glamorgan

02 Jul 2023 3 minute read
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A superb all-round performance from Ryan Higgins saw Middlesex to a 49-run victory over Glamorgan, despite a fastest ever T20 half-century for the Welsh county by captain Kiran Carlson.

Higgins hit an unbeaten 71 off 36 balls to steer his side to a total of 200, then took three wickets for 20 runs with his seam bowling, including two in two balls, to change the momentum of the match.

Glamorgan had looked to be romping to victory in Cardiff when they were 95 for one off 6.4 overs when Carlson was out for 77, scored off just 29 balls.

It was a consolation victory for bottom of the table Middlesex – their opponents just one place above them, with Ethan Bamber and Luke Hollman also taking three wickets each as Glamorgan slipped to 151 all out.

Middlesex openers Stephen Eskinazi and Joe Cracknell treated the early deliveries from left-arm spinner Prem Sisidoya with respect, but a reverse sweep slog for six off the final ball of the opening over lit the blue touch paper.

With plenty of ramp and reverse hit shots, they accelerated to 69 without loss at the end of the powerplay, with both openers 33 not out.

Spin

Spin was proving harder to get away and the first wicket fell with Cracknell out trying to ramp Sisodiya. Eskinazi followed soon after, bowled giving himself room against Peter Hatzoglou.

Max Holden was caught off a ramp shot to Hatzoglou, while the medium pace of Andy Gorvin trapped John Simpson LBW trying a reverse sweep.

Luke Hollman hit a six first ball and was out second, bowled by Sisodiya, but as the wickets kept falling at the other end Higgins kept going whenever he was on strike.

He went to his 50 with a six off Tom Bevan over midwicket and two runs off the last ball took his team to 200.

Glamorgan were looking for an even faster start, Carlson scoring 19 out of 20 taken from the first over by Joshua De Caires.

The opening partnership reached 39 before the end of the third over, when Sam Northeast went for just two – showing how dominant Carlson had been in the early stages.

The 50 came up in the fourth over. Carlson brought up his 50 two balls later off just 15 deliveries. Glamorgan reached 87 at the end of the powerplay with Northeast and Will Smale having contributed two runs each compared to 70 from Carlson.

Carlson was finally out for 77, caught and bowled by Hollman clutching on to a fiercely hit flat-batted shot. Carlson’s runs came off just 29 balls.

However the atmosphere changed as Glamorgan lost two wickets in two balls, Smale lbw to Higgins and then Chris Cooke caught behind first ball.

Another burst of two wickets in two balls changed the momentum back to Middlesex, Colin Ingram was lbw to a ball which appeared to pitch comfortably outside leg stump, then next ball Timm van der Gugten was caught and bowled by Bamber to give him his third wicket.

Another caught and bowled, this time to Higgins, saw the end of Bevan, Sisodiya also skying the ball to depart after a brief cameo as Glamorgan subsided.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

Have you noticed that the only time international cricket is mentioned as ‘England and Wales’ is when it is in trouble. He was out of his crease for crying out loud. Get a load of Sunak having a go at the Aussies, if ever a kettle should keep its mouth shut. What does little tricky Rishi know about fair play! That is absolutely no part of his Modi Operandi, 30p Lee says jump and off he goes like a cricket ball…That cochyn is a violent drunken…if you ask me !

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

I always thought that MCC stood for my team…

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Love it when Glamorgan lose…Afterall, they accept English money to stop Wales from having its own national team.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
9 months ago

The Aussie PM tells ‘Bouncer Sunak’ to stay in his crease, I think he meant behave like a Statesman and not a would-be Bullingdon Brat goes to Lords…How did he get to be head-boy at Winchester…somebody tell us…

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