The Hundred don’t want him but Steven Eskinazi can’t stop scoring

Middlesex 374 for 3 (Robson 111, Eskinazi 102, Holden 62*, Malan 59*) beat Warwickshire 246 ( Sibley 89, Hollman 4-34) by 128 runs

Stephen Eskinazi, ignored in The Hundred, continued his love affair with this season’s Royal London Cup as Middlesex trounced Warwickshire by 128 runs at Radlett to stay on track for the knockout phases.

Profiting from being dropped early on to achieve 642 runs for the marketing campaign along with his fourth century (102) of the competitors, he’s now solely 4 runs shy of Graham Clark’s report of 646 set taking part in for Durham in 2021. As The Hundred calls up replacements from what stays of the county circuit, although, he stays ignored.

Eskinazi shared a stand of 213 for the second wicket with Sam Robson who made 111, his finest list-A rating because the hosts piled up 374 for 3, their highest whole ever within the format at Radlett.

Dominic Sibley made 89 within the run-chase, however Warwickshire may solely muster 246 and weren’t helped by an harm for Michael Burgess, sustained behind the stumps when he dropped Eskinazi on 10.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby ought to have claimed Eskinazi’s scalp when he had made 10. Nonetheless, wicketkeeper Burgess not solely didn’t cling on to the prospect however dislocated his thumb within the course of. Fellow opener Mark Stoneman quickly hooked the identical bowler down the throat of deep sq., however it was scant compensation.

New batter Robson was felled by a brief ball from George Garrett early in his innings, however as soon as the inexperienced tinge left the hybrid pitch, he and Eskinazi took cost. Each males hit superbly over cowl and Eskinazi struck the primary six of the day again over the bowler’s head.

Robson was the primary to 50 at slightly over a run a ball whereas Eskinazi made it to 600 runs on this yr’s competitors when he reached 60. Robson narrowly received the race to 3 figures, too, a six again over Hannon-Dalby’s head as 10 fours took him to his century in 95 balls. One ball later the gang have been on their ft once more to laud Eskinazi’s newest ton from 104 balls.

It took a deflection onto the stumps on the bowler’s finish to expire Eskinazi and produce their stand to an in depth and Robson holed out within the deep quickly afterwards.

Their departures although introduced little respite for Warwickshire as Max Holden (62 not out) and Pieter Malan (59 not out) plundered 100 partnership from the ultimate 52 balls, the previous clubbing a six virtually into the pavilion, whereas the South African’s most threatened these queuing for an ice-cream.

On a day when England crumbled within the Check, their former opener Sibley opened positively in reply driving strongly each straight and thru cowl, discovering the fence 9 instances in reaching 50 in 62 balls. The issue for Warwickshire was no-one may present the sense of permanence to stick with him and chase down such a goal.

The in-form Rob Yates missed out nicking one from Toby Greatwood to wicketkeeper Joe Cracknell and skipper Will Rhodes quickly adopted him again to the pavilion when Martin Andersson spread-eagled his stumps.

Matt Lamb flourished briefly in a stand of 53 solely to then be castled by the returning Greatwood and Ethan Brookes was one other to get a begin earlier than falling lbw to Luke Hollman. The younger leg-spinner would strike once more in his subsequent over too bowling 16-year-old Hamsa Shaikh round his legs.
Sibley’s stout resistance ended when he edged Max Harris by to Cracknell and though Burgess bravely got here out to bat he was yorked by Umesh Yadav as Middlesex ran out convincing winners. Hollman returned a career-best 4 for 34.

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