County Championship: Keith Barker and Kyle Abbott propel Hampshire to seven-wicket win as Middlesex fold at Lord’s

Keith Barker


Keith Barker added 61 in just 60 balls to his overnight 23 to turn the game on its head
LV= County Championship Group Two, Lord’s, London (day three):
Middlesex 172 & 101: Handscombe 24; Abbott 5-41, Abbas 3-24
Hampshire 207 & 66-3: Holland 22
Hampshire (20 pts) beat Middlesex (3 pts) by seven wickets

Hampshire wrapped up a seven-wicket win after Middlesex collapsed on day three at Lord’s.

Resuming 41 behind on 131-7, big-hitting from Keith Barker (84) carried Hampshire to 207 all out and a 36-run first-innings lead.

Kyle Abbott (5-41) and Mohammed Abbas (3-24) then bundled Middlesex out for 101 in fewer than 30 overs.

Hants wobbled after a rain delay, but Ian Holland (22) and Sam Northeast (18 not out) took them across the line.

Hampshire’s third win of the season moved them level on points with second-place Somerset in Group B, while Middlesex remained second-bottom, just four points above Leicestershire after a fifth defeat in six matches.

Bowlers had been firmly in charge for…