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Our second game on the bounce at Lord’s was our second must-win game. If we won and results went our way, we would be in the quarter finals.

Eoin Morgan, playing his last game before England duty, was made captain in the absence of Shaun Udal due to a finger injury.

Phillip Hughes’s last game in Middlesex colours was also a good reason to raise our performance, particularly after all the great work he has done for us. He was keen to put in another performance the members would remember. He would have to wait though because we were bowling as a result of the toss.

As they did at Edgbaston, Warwickshire came hard at us early, Neil Carter hoisting some extraordinary shots around the ground. One almost hit Old Father Time in the nether regions.

However, when he was out we applied pressure for a period of time and bowled as many dots as we could at Bell and Trott. The track was offering absolutely nothing and it was vital you held a tight line and length otherwise it was easy pickings.

Far too often in my first spell I would stray slightly from this and the batsman would put it away. Especially someone as dismissive as Carter.

Having travelled to Antigua with us as our loan player, I’d have thought he would have taken it easy on me. Although maybe he was bitter that I was close to him in the tanning stakes.

After the start they got, some good bowling from Berg and Dexter in the middle period restricted them to 276 - something we were confident of chasing after amassing 341 the previous day on the same wicket.

Having just bowled on the wicket I knew that it was well suited to a chase like this.

After another hard 50 overs in the field I made myself a warm bath and lay in it for 20 minutes. Even though I am too big for the baths, it felt good to soothe my sore muscles after the last two days.

It was a shame I couldn’t find a smaller bath to put my ego in, to sooth it after going for too many runs in the last 48 hours. It is something I will have to work hard on if I want to play Twenty20 cricket. I will be practising as hard as I can and at every opportunity to get my yorkers and slower balls right before the competition starts.

Steven Finn

There was not much of this during two difficult games at Lord's against Somerset and Warwickshire in the Friends Provident Trophy

I then trotted off up to Linda’s for lunch - something I’d been looking forward to.

I enjoyed my chicken curry and two scoops of chocolate ice cream then wandered back down to watch the boys rack the runs up. Hughes was already cutting loose as I started watching, steaming towards another 50. He reached it but was out soon after.

But when Shah, Dexter, Berg and Scott all contributed innings of significance we passed their score in the last over. Very satisfying that we timed our chase perfectly.

Now all we can do is sit with crossed fingers and hope Kent beat Warwickshire.

Hughes led the team victory song in between signing what must have been thousands of bits of kit for various people. The club are eager to get their money’s worth in memorabilia from him.

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