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Middlesex bounce back to take Hampshire scalp

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Irish batsman Paul Stirling's belligerent 71 guided Middlesex to a six-wicket Friends Life t20 win over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Stirling clubbed eight fours and two sixes in his 49-ball innings and was ably supported by Dawid Malan's 46 as Middlesex bounced back from their opening two defeats in the competition and ended Hampshire's impressive home run of eleven successive wins - dating back to July 2010 - in the process.

Hampshire, put in by Middlesex captain Neil Dexter, made 157 for six from their 20 overs, with James Vince putting behind him a disappointing season thus far to top-score with 64 not out.

At one stage Hampshire were 83 for five but Vince and skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas began a recovery with a stand of 44 for the sixth wicket.

Toby Roland-Jones conceded only nine from his first two overs while taking three wickets and finished with impressive figures of four for 25.

Moin Ashraf was the star of the show as Yorkshire Carnegie claimed their second Friends Life T20 victory against a Derbyshire Falcons side who lost for the first time in the North Group.

The 20-year-old pace bowler took four for 18 in a 41-run victory under the Derby floodlights after Gary Ballance had launched a late onslaught with an unbeaten 47 off 35 balls to lift Yorkshire to 150 for five.

Former Yorkshire spinner David Wainwright had bowled superbly to take two for 14 but Ballance struck three sixes as 32 came from the last two overs and the Falcons crumbled to 109 with Rich Pyrah claiming three for 21.

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