Stephen Eskinazi stars in Middlesex record win over Gloucestershire
New Middlesex T20 captain Stephen Eskinazi got off to a flying start as he fired 87 from just 37 to power his side to a Vitality Blast victory over Gloucestershire.
Eskinazi’s innings topping the order took Middlesex to a 229-for-nine tally – a new record for Seaxes – and it was a Gloucestershire who never looked likely to equal as they were 30 short of points with 199 for nine.
Benny Howell shot 46 from 20 for Gloucestershire but Martin Andersson took three for 33 as the home side closed out the game.
It was only the third time Middlesex had beaten Gloucestershire in Blast history.
Paul Stirling made his century-long debut for the Birmingham Bears as they enjoyed a 125-point rout of the Northamptonshire Steelbacks in a weather-affected game.
Stirling racked up 119 of 51, hitting 10 sixes, while Sam Hain had an unbeaten 66 of 32 as the Bears hit 207 for three of 16 overs.
Chasing a Duckworth/Lewis target of 207 from 16 overs, the Steelbacks quickly fell to 20 for three as Jake Lintott took three for 19 and Danny Briggs three for 21.
Paul Coughlin played with bat and ball as a depleted Durham side beat Leicestershire by 54 runs.
Coughlin hit 42 from 30 as Durham hit 184 for eight of their 20 overs and then took four for 15 as the Foxes were knocked out for 130.
17-year-old leg skater Rehan Ahmed took two for 22 for the hosts, but it was one of Leicestershire’s few highlights.
Sam Northeast hit an unbeaten 63 as Glamorgan secured a seven-wicket win over Sussex at Hove.
The visitors limited the Sharks to 150 for six before Northeast and Marnus Labuschagne set up a second wicket of 82 to send Glamorgan into a commanding position.
Mohammad Rizwan recorded an unbeaten 81 for Sussex on his Blast debut but got little support, with the 13 scored by Luke Wright and Harrison Ward being the next best scores for the hosts.