Ben McDermott made sure that Hampshire chased down the target of 143 with as many as 48 balls to spare at the Radlett Cricket Club.
Ben McDermott of Hobart. Courtesy: Derbyshire Cricket Twitter
- McDermott helped Hampshire chase down 143 in 12 overs
- McDermott is currently the leading run-scorer for Hampshire
- McDermott also scored a fifty against Sussex
Australia batter Ben McDermott was in stupendous touch during Hampshire’s T20 Blast 2022 match against Middlesex on Tuesday, June 7 at the Radlett Cricket Club.
The right-hander has been in impressive form over the last 12 months or so, having scored runs at will for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL) and for the Aussies at the highest level.
The 27-year-old smashed a 30-ball 83 and powered Hampshire to a nine-wicket victory with as many as 48 balls to spare. After being put into bat first, Middlesex put up a competitive 142/7 on the board.
Liam Dawson picked up a three-wicket haul at an economy rate of 3.50 and hardly allowed the Middlesex batters to get away. Thereafter, McDermott threw the kitchen sink at everything during Hampshire’s run-chase.
McDermott and skipper James Vince stitched together a crucial 132-run stand for the opening wicket of 9.4 overs to break the backbone of the Middlesex bowling attack.
— Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) June 7, 2022
McDermott was ruthless in his stroke-making as he smacked five fours and nine sixes. Vince lent him good support with an unbeaten 37-ball knock of 54, laced with seven fours and two sixes.
A 25-year-old right-arm medium pacer, Martin Andersson, got rid of McDermott in the 10th over, but by then, Hampshire were on the threshold of a win.
McDermott is currently the leading run-scorer for Hampshire in the ongoing tournament, having scored 239 runs from six matches at an average of 39.83 and a strike rate of 170.71.
Apart from Middlesex, McDermott also scored a half-century against Sussex, guiding his team to a 22-run win at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.