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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Surrey's inconsistent bowlers could be put to the sword by Paul Stirling

Gloucestershire fancied for glory

Big-hitting Paul Stirling has begun to hit form
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Surrey followed up their nine-wicket demolition of Somerset in the Twenty20 Blast with defeat to Glamorgan on Tuesday and their inconsistent bowling could cost them against Middlesex.

Nic Maddinson contributed 70 to Surrey’s admirable total of 194 last time out but for the third time in this year's competition they allowed an opponent to surpass 170 runs, with Glamorgan going on to claim victory by four wickets.

Middlesex opener Paul Stirling can capitalise on such tame bowling. The Irishman started his Blast campaign inconsistently with paltry scores of six, one and eight against Essex, Gloucestershire and Hampshire respectively but is starting to find his feet again.

He registered 60 in his second meeting against Hampshire before putting on 30 against Somerset.

Gloucestershire demonstrated strength in all disciplines in their victory over Sussex on Wednesday.

Michael Klinger provided a moment of magic in the field with a rapid direct hit, Rashid Khan was sensational with the ball with figures of 2-14 and Ryan Higgins (21) and Jack Taylor (23) secured the win with respectable totals lower down the order.

That result made it five wins in six for Gloucestershire, who remain in the mix for a playoff spot and they can take the spoils against a Glamorgan side yet to win successive matches in this year’s Blast.

Paul Stirling top Middlesex runscorer
1pt 7-2 Coral
2pts 8-11 general

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Gloucestershire's win at Sussex on Wednesday was their fifth in six T20 outings
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