T20 Blast: Middlesex pick up first group win against Somerset

Joe Denly
NatWest T20 Blast, Kia Oval
Middlesex 155-2 (17.1 ovs) beat Somerset 152-4 (20 ovs) by eight wickets
Match scorecard

Middlesex ended their long wait for a win in the T20 Blast, beating Somerset by eight wickets at The Oval.

Somerset posted 152-4 after winning the toss and electing to bat, with Craig Kieswetter scoring 74 from 59 balls.

Middlesex struggled early in their reply, losing Dawid Malan for a first-ball duck in the first over.

But an unbeaten third-wicket stand of 128 between Joe Denly (98 not out) and debutant Ryan Higgins (44 not out) saw Middlesex home with 17 balls to spare.

Denly's superb 60-ball innings contained 10 fours and four sixes.

Victory was Middlesex's first in the group stage of this year's T20 Blast - at the seventh attempt.

They were playing a home match at Surrey's Oval home for only the second time in T20 cricket, as Lord's is only available for three floodlit county matches this season.