One-Day Cup: Gubbins leads Middlesex to win over Glamorgan

Nick Gubbins top scored for Middlesex with 92 before falling to Billy Root
Nick Gubbins top scored for Middlesex with 92 before falling to Billy Root
Royal London One-Day Cup, Lord's
Glamorgan 285 (49.4 overs): Hemphrey 87; Sowter 4-58, Roland-Jones 3-46
Middlesex 289-5 (47.3 overs): Gubbins 92, Robson 79, Eskinazi 71*
Middlesex (2 pts) beat Glamorgan by 5 wickets

Middlesex moved to second place in the One-Day Cup Southern Group with a five-wicket win over Glamorgan at Lord's.

Nick Gubbins (92) and Sam Robson (79) set the home side on their way to 289-5 with 15 balls to spare.

Recent signing Charlie Hemphrey played his best innings for Glamorgan with a career-best 87 off 81 balls but Glamorgan's 285 looked below-par.

Seamer Toby Roland-Jones (3-46) and the in-form spinner Nathan Sowter (4-58) pegged them back with regular wickets.

The Middlesex chase was well set up by a stand of 147 for the second wicket at around a run a ball between Robson and Gubbins, although Glamorgan spinners Marnus Labuschagne and Billy Root claimed a couple of wickets each to cause them some concerns.

Stand-in skipper Stevie Eskinazi steered his depleted side to victory with a hard-hitting 71 not out off 58 balls.

Middlesex travel to Kent in their final group game on Tuesday, 7 May with their fate in their own hands, while Glamorgan are away to Sussex, who are also in with a chance of qualification for the knock-out stages.

Middlesex captain Stevie Eskinazi told BBC Radio London:

"The game ebbed and flowed in both innings, but there were some big moments in the game which we managed to grab hold of and that's going to be key for us. Maybe the Middlesex side in the past, we might not have been able to do that, but we're on a confidence wave at the moment.

"We've spoken about a squad winning or going a long way in championships and not just a team. Our depth is being tested at the moment (with players on international duty) and guys are stepping up and playing really good cricket.

"It's about going there (to Canterbury) and doing exactly what we've done for the past few games. Confidence and momentum are huge and we're enjoying our cricket, which is probably the most important reason why we're doing well."

Glamorgan captain Chris Cooke told BBC Sport Wales:

"We were 30 or 40 runs short, so we were always battling from there. Then we didn't take early wickets so we were always facing an uphill task. The guys fought really well to get back in the game but we were too light on (our) runs.

"Nice to see Charlie Hemphrey in the runs, he worked the ball around nicely and it was the impetus we needed but we didn't get greedy with our partnerships and extend them."

Charlie Hemphrey added:

"It was nice to contribute out there, but a disappointing result having been in the scrap for the majority of the game.

"I never thought I was playing badly, but I didn't get going at the top of the order. I never thought I was far away (from a big innings) but I had to keep trusting in what I was doing, so it would be nice to continue (well) at Hove and then into the red-ball block to try to get some big scores in that."

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