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    Monday 26 January 2015

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Seconds involved in two close t20 affairs

Second XI t20 Competition at Uxbridge: Middlesex Second XI 151-9 (Ireland 3-29, Raine 2-19) lost to Leicestershire 155-7 (Cobb 53, Robson 45) by three wickets.

Game 2: Middlesex Second XI 138-6 (Cobb 3-23, Raine 2-19) beat Leicestershire 136-7 (Wells 39) by four wickets.

Leicestershire Second XI won one and lost one of their t20 matches in the last over against Middlesex at Uxbridge today.

Middlesex, who had in-form one-day batsman Dawid Malan in their side, elected to bat in the first match and posted 151-9.

Andy Balbirnie top-scored with 56 while Ollie Wilkin (22), Adam Roassington (20) and Malan (16) all chipped in as the hosts got up to a good total.

Seamer Anthony Ireland was the leading wicket-taker with 3-29 off four overs while Ben Raine (4-0-19-2) and Atif Skeikh (4-0-24-2) also shone for Leicestershire. James Sykes (2-0-19-1) was the other wicket-taker and Angus Robson instigated a run out.

Leicestershire had a great start as Josh Cobb hit two fours and four maximums in a 38-ball 53 while Robson (45, 37b, 5x4) was a good foil. The duo shared 92 in 9.2 overs but Middlesex hit back to reduce the team to 139-7 with seven balls to go.

The team still needed 13 and were guided home by Academy all-rounder Charlie Taylor and all-rounder Tom Wells. Taylor hit two boundaries in a four-ball 10 not out and Wells (13*, 11b) clinched victory with a boundary off the penultimate ball.

Middlesex hit back in the second game after deciding to chase. Wells top-scored with 39 (36b, 4x4, 1x6) in a total of 136-7 while Robson (20, 29b), Cobb (18, 17b) and Root (12, 15b) also made contributions.

Spin proved the way forward for County as Cobb took 3-23 from four overs while Sykes was also effective with figures of 4-0-22-0. Raine snared identical figures from his first allocation while Cobb also initiated a run out.

However, the hosts got home with three balls to spare. Rossington (49) provided the highest score while Balbirnie (45*) was again in excellent form for Middlesex.

The team have now won one and lost three of their opening four matches and two more follow against Northamptonshire at Hinckley Town CC on Monday. The first fixture starts at 11.30am.


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