After suffering a heavy defeat away at Somerset on Wednesday, in which they were bowled out for 74, Hampshire returned to winning ways in their first home game of the summer.

The side blasted 19 4s and two 6s as they completed an eight wicket win. 

Captain James Vince, who had won the toss and chosen to bowl, led the way in the run chase scoring 88*(55). Middlesex’s disappointment was compounded when they had Vince caught off a no ball in the 17th over, awarded for breaching fielding restrictions.

Vince was supported by Ben Mcdermott who added 39(29) before being caught off the bowling of Nathan Fernandes in the tenth over. Tom Prest joined Vince with 82 required, Prest scored (30)16 before an adventurous reverse sweep saw him bowled by Luke Hollman. 

In the first innings Middlesex opener Stevie Eskinazi made 31(18) as he and Malan began applying pressure to the Hampshire attack, scoring at 8.7 an over in the power play. The pair went after Mason Crane's leg spinners in the 7th over putting on 13 from the first 5 until Crane countered knocking over Eskinazi’s middle stump. 

Malan frustrated the Hampshire bowlers putting on 80(45) until he pulled a James Fuller short ball to Vince who battled to spot the ball in the setting sun, taking the catch in the 18th over. 

Middlesex failed to capitalise on their good start after the departure of Malan. The visitors lost their final five wickets for 10 runs in the space of just two and a half overs. A three wicket final over from Chris Wood including two run outs, ensured that Middlesex were all out for 171 with one delivery left to bowl.