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    23 June 2023

    Middlesex Sets a T20 Blast Record with 254 Runs in Victory Over Surrey

    Middlesex stun Surrey in T20 Blast record run chase

    Middlesex pulled off an incredible comeback to beat Surrey by seven wickets at the Kia Oval and set a new T20 Blast record for the highest successful run chase.

    Surrey posted a massive 252-7 from their 20 overs, thanks to Will Jacks’ blistering knock of 96 runs off just 45 balls and Laurie Evans’ quickfire innings of 85 runs from only 37 balls. The opening pair put on a stunning partnership of 177 runs in just over twelve overs.

    Despite such a mammoth target, Middlesex started off aggressively in their response and went into the powerplay without losing any wicket, scoring an impressive total of 83 runs. Stephen Eskinazi’s innings of 73 and Max Holden’s unbeaten score of 68 helped them clinch victory with four deliveries remaining.

    The win was extra special for Middlesex as they had lost all ten games this campaign and fourteen consecutively dating back to last season. The match aggregate score of both teams reaching over five hundred is now third-highest in T20 history.

    Kent Spitfires register fifth straight victory against Essex

    In South Group action elsewhere, Kent Spitfires continued their winning streak with another emphatic seven-wicket win against Essex while Sussex Sharks cruised past Gloucestershire by seven wickets.

    Birmingham Bears remain top after defeating Yorkshire Vikings

    The North Group saw Birmingham Bears secure yet another victory as they defended their modest total successfully against Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley. Spinner Dan Mousley took career-best figures of 4-28 while Rob Yates anchored the batting effort with his well-made half-century as they scored only 180-7. However, the Bears’ bowlers did an excellent job of keeping the Yorkshire batsmen in check as they fell four runs short of victory.

    2018 champions Worcestershire Rapids boosted their hopes of qualifying for the next rounds with a five-wicket victory over Notts Outlaws in another North Group encounter.

    A high-scoring affair at The Oval

    The match between Surrey and Middlesex was a high-scoring affair, featuring plenty of boundaries and sixes. Laurie Evans hit nine fours and five maximums while Will Jacks smashed eight fours and seven sixes, including five consecutive ones off one over from Luke Hollman. However, despite reaching 191-2 when Jacks departed early in the fifteenth over, Surrey lost momentum towards the end due to regular wickets falling as Middlesex’s bowlers fought back brilliantly to restrict them under 253.

    Surrey’s total score is their highest-ever T20 score at home but unfortunately not enough on this occasion as Middlesex pulled off an incredible chase with ease thanks to some brilliant batting performances from Eskinazi,Holden,and Davies which will be remembered for a long time by everyone associated with cricket around the world.

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