One-Day Cup: Hampshire beat Middlesex by 119 runs as Aiden Markram stars
|Royal London One-Day Cup, The Ageas Bowl|
|Hampshire 301-9 (50 overs): Markram 88, Rossouw 66, Dawson 43; Helm 5-71|
|Middlesex 182 (35.4 overs): Morgan 41, Simpson 36; Abbott 3-36, Markram 3-37|
|Hampshire (2 pts) beat Middlesex by 119 runs|
Aiden Markram hit 88 off 90 balls for Hampshire and then took 3-39 with the ball as they comfortably beat Middlesex by 119 runs in the One-Day Cup.
The win was Hampshire's third from three games in this year's competition.
Markram's knock and Rilee Rossouw's 64 from 55 balls helped the home side post 301-9, despite Tom Helm's fine 5-71.
Eoin Morgan's 41 was the visitors' best offering with the bat in reply, as they slipped to 182 all out on their way to a first defeat in the group.
Liam Dawson (3-37), Kyle Abbott (3-36) and Markram worked their way through Middlesex's line-up, before Mason Crane sealed the win when he bowled Tim Murtagh in the 36th over.
Earlier Rossouw, Dawson and Markram had all impressed with the bat for the holders, after openers Tom Alsop (23) and Markram had guided them past 50 without loss.
The victory put Hampshire top of South Group, while Middlesex, who are in action again against Surrey at The Oval on Thursday, have two wins from their three games.
Aiden Markram told BBC Radio Solent: "We weren't quite sure what was going to be a good score on this wicket.
"We gave ourselves a chance, getting to 300, and fortunately we were able to defend it.
"The pitch the other day was an absolute belter, but today it just slowed up a bit.
"We're doing the things we need to do right and we're doing them consistently so we're happy, but we can't take our foot of the pedal."