Jul 14 2011 By Paul Warburton
Friends Life T20: Gloucestershire beat Middlesex by 25 runs Middlesex won the toss and decided to field Gloucestershire 165-4 Middlesex 140-7
ANOTHER sorry tale of T20 woe will ensure Middlesex finish bottom of the south group after defeat to Gloucester last night.
It wasn’t so much that Gladiators put Panthers to the sword – more a case of the Lord’s side falling on it after putting the home team at Bristol into bat.
Middlesex’s cutting edge with the ball was more the butter knife type as Kevin O'Brien and Chris Taylor scored half-centuries.
Taylor made 51 from 35 balls with eight boundaries, while O'Brien smashed three sixes in an unbeaten 58 off 29 balls.
In contrast, Steven Crook won’t want to add this match to his DVD collection after he was hammered all over the county ground. And although he claimed the wicket of opener Hamish Marshall – it cost the Middlesex man 41 runs in his four expensive overs.
The visitors in reply were 19-2 before Dawid Malan (pic) took stock to make 32 in 21 balls that included four fours, and together with Jamie Dalrymple the pair added 52 for the third wicket.
But when Malan was bowled by Jack Taylor with the score on 71, the innings spluttered. It positively fizzled out when Dalrymple and Tom Scollay were sent back with not a run added to the 89 on the board at the time to leave their team down and definitely out.