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Essex won by 5 wickets.

Middlesex vs Essex

Shah returns to haunt Panthers

Essex triumph at Lord's thanks to Middlesex old boy

Shah: showed former employers what they are missing

Owais Shah gave the Lord's faithful a painful reminder of his talents, blasting 78 not out to lead Essex Eagles to a five-wicket win over Middlesex Panthers in the Friends Life t20.

Having represented Middlesex as man and boy, Shah was unceremoniously dumped at the end of last season.

And, after a stint in the IPL, the former England batsman is rebuilding his career with Essex.

Having been set a target of 151, the Eagles lost openers Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini for ducks to slump to 1-2.

Shah rescued the situation with five fours and five sixes in his 50-ball contribution as the visitors got home with 12 balls to spare.

From 88-5 in the 13th over, Essex captain James Foster (30no) provided Shah with a willing ally in an unbroken stand of 67.

Earlier, Middlesex captain Neil Dexter top scored with 32 in a total of 150-5 after choosing to bat first.

New Zealand seamer Tim Southee was the pick of the Essex attack with 3-21.

Match Details

Date
9th Jun 2011
Toss
Venue
Lord's
Umpires
J W Lloyds and M A Gough

essex BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Bopara c McLaren b Crook 0
Pettini c Simpson b Finn 0
Shah not out 78
Walker c Dexter b Finn 11
ten Doeschate lbw b Smith 17
Styris st Simpson b Smith 7
Foster not out 30
Extras 2nb, 4w, 6lb 12
Total Close, 18.0 Overs 155 - 5
Full Batting Card

middlesex BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Crook 2 0 19 1
Finn 4 1 26 2
McLaren 3 0 25 0
Ireland 4 0 48 0
Smith 4 0 25 2
Dexter 1 0 6 0
Full Bowling Card