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George Bailey steers Middlesex to T20 win

Press AssociationPress Association 22/07/2016

George Bailey hit 76 to boost Middlesex's hopes of a home T20 Blast quarter-final in England after they thrashed bottom-placed Hampshire by 43 runs.

Australian star Bailey was brilliantly partnered by John Simpson in a perfectly-paced fourth-wicket stand of 114.

Ryan Higgins' first career five-wicket haul made sure Hampshire's chase never got going to give Middlesex back-to-back wins in the competition.

Middlesex, after winning the toss and batting, were guided to 181 thanks in the main to a partnership between Bailey and Simpson.

Dawid Malan, on the back of setting a record England Lions score with an unbeaten 185, was caught and bowled by Ryan McLaren for just 11 this time.

England one-day skipper Eoin Morgan fell soon after with Liam Dawson falling on a mid-on catch, before Paul Stirling was bowled by Brad Wheal to end the power play at 40 for three.

But the wickets were followed by the mighty stand between Bailey and Simpson - never looking in trouble, never appearing to need to play the big shots.

Bailey was the first to reach 50, from 38 balls.

Wicketkeeper Simpson quickly followed to the milestone in just 32 deliveries, helped by a trio of sixes.

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