There were 6 matches yesterday on a working day, today? Just the one as Sussex travelled up to Lord’s to take on Middlesex. With that in mind I’m going to write a little on Pakistan’s warm up match against Kent.

Middlesex v Sussex 298 All Out

Dawid Malan won the toss for Middlesex and put Sussex in to bat. Philip Salt opening was out in the first over for a Duck, caught by Nathan Sowter from the bowling of Tim Murtagh. Not the best of starts – 0 for 1! Stiaan van Zyl came in at 3, he lasted for 10 minutes before he too was out for a Duck, George Scott taking the catch from Murtagh’s bowling this time. 0 for 1 had turned into 6 for 2 in the 3rd over.

The nest 3 batsmen Harry Finch, Laurie Evans and David Wiese contributed 39 between them; Murtagh took his 3rd wicket and Sowter accounted for the other 2. Sussex were 102 for 5.

Ben Brown joined Luke Wright who’d opened and seen 4 of his partners walk back to the pavilion. The pair put on 174 for the 6th wicket. Wright can be an incredible white ball cricketer, he scored 166 from 142 balls having batted for just under 3 hours. The score had moved on to 276 for 6 when Wright was caught by Sowter from the bowling of Tom Helm. Brown was out next ball caught by Ross Taylor, he’d made 55 valuable runs for Sussex.

Sowter took another 2 wickets to finish with 4 for 48 and Sussex were allot for 298. Those 4 wickets take Sowter to 15 in 5 games, with his best being against Essex where he took 6 for 62.

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Middlesex have had a mixed competition so far, having won 3 and then lost heavily to Hampshire. Unfortunately this match took the same route as the Hants match. Sussex had fallen to 102 for 5, Middlesex found themselves on 102 for 4. The difference for Middlesex however was that their top scorer was Steve Eskinazi with 42. 8 of their 11 batsmen scored under 20.

Sussex used 6 bowlers and they all took at least one wicket, Mir Hamza was the best performer with 3 for 43. Middlesex were bowled out for 176 in the 34th over. A big win for Sussex by 122 runs

  • Luke Wright – 166 from 142 Balls – Strike Rate 116.90

Kent 258 All Out v Pakistan 358 for 7

A trip to Beckenham for Pakistan on the day a Hurricane decided to skirt around England, surprisingly they managed a full game of cricket. Sarfraz won the toss and elected to bat.

Everyone has an opinion about who should and shouldn’t be in their team, Imam ul-haq is one player who splits opinion. He’s an opener in both red and white ball cricket, he has a test average of 28.4 and an ODI average of 54.9. He opened with Fakhar today, with 31 ODI innings to his name he has an average of 53.4. He notable scored a century in the Champions Trophy Final having survived a wicket taking ball, called a No Ball.

The disquiet over Imam is over his surname, he’s the nephew of Inzamam, but is in the team because he deserves to be in my opinion. The openers put on 92 for the first wicket with Imam on 39 when he was caught by Adam Rouse from the bowling of Shane Snater (Essex player on loan).

Babar Azam is one of Pakistan’s great hopes with the bat, he averages 51.29 in ODI’s, today he only made 9 before he was bowled by Imran Qayyum. Fakhar became Qayyum’s 2nd ‘victim’ as he was caught by Snater, he’d made 76 from 59 balls.

The captain was up next, he can be a really frustrating player to watch, with an average of 32.9 he is almost the epitome of Pakistan cricket, unpredictable, you never know what you’re going to get! Today wasn’t a good day for Sarfraz, he was out for 10 and Pakistan were 152 for 4.

Another man who divides opinion Shoaib Malik, a former captain he’s back in the set up at the age of 37, he made his ODI debut 20 years ago. Sararz was Qayyum’s 3rd wicket, Malik became his 4th, he was out for 4 after facing just 7 balls. Qayyum finished with figures of 4 for 45 from his 10 overs.

Pakistan needed a stand and they got one with Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim, they put on 139 in under 19 overs. Haris scored 75 from 71 balls, he was caught by Zac Crawley from the bowling of James Harris. The score was 303 for 6.

Imad finished not out on 117 from 78 balls, with the 2 tail enders who scored 17 between them he put on 49 to take Pakistan to 358 for 7.

Pakistan had received a blow before they flew to England, one of their key players Shadab Khan has been struck down a virus which has excluded him from their series against England. There are high hopes that he’ll be fit in time for the World Cup. Yasir Shah has been included in his stead.

Kent lost early wickets with Faheem Ashraf despatching both openers with just 10 on the board. Adam Rouse came in at 4, he made 20 before he was caught from the bowling of Yasir. Kent were 44 for 3.

Ollie Robinson and Alex Blake formed a partnership putting on 132, Blake made 89 from 48 balls before he was caught and bowled by Hasan Ali Robinson had played more steadily, he was Hasan’s 2nd wicket. Kent had moved on to 184 for 5.

Jordan Cox made 20, and Imran Qayyum finished his match on 26 not out, but Kent fell shirt as Wasim took Cox’s wicket, Yasir despatched Snater and Harris, Fakhar took the wickets of Riley and Klaasen in 2.1 overs and Kent were bowled out on 44.1 overs for 258. Pakistan won the match by 100 runs.

  • Imad Wasim – 117 from 78 Balls – Strike Rate 150

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