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Friday, May 27, 2016
Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan celebrated his first game as Middlesex’s T20 skipper with a classy knock of 93 as his side hammered Hampshire by 69 runs.

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum hits out against England in 2015

James Franklin has warned that Middlesex cannot expect his former New Zealand team-mate Brendon McCullum to single-handedly transform their fortunes in one-day cricket.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

While it may be a cliché, to get a first-class hundred for the first time at Lord’s – the home of cricket – was an absolute dream come true.

Hornsey spinner Johnny Fawcett (left) exchanges high fives with Sam Solia

Hornsey spinner Johnny Fawcett blew away the Indian Gymkhana batting with the division’s first six-wicket haul of the season to put his side top of the Division Two table.

Chris Arul hit a century for Highgate in their win over Wembley

Highgate opener Chris Arul clobbered the Wembley bowling with a century to set up his side’s first Division Two victory of the season.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (left) has praised Rob Fahrenheim (right), who hit 96 against Teddington on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

New signing Rob Fahrenheim led a much-improved batting display from North Middlesex – but the Crouch End outfit suffered their second successive defeat in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Middlesex's James Franklin bowling.

Middlesex all-rounder James Franklin fears the new County Championship toss rule is stifling the competition and generating “attritional cricket”.

Middlesex's Ollie Rayner (right) celebrates a wicket with team-mate John Simpson

Middlesex’s bowlers will make former skipper Chris Rogers their top target when he returns to Lord’s with Somerset this weekend, according to Ollie Rayner.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

There were some real positives from our game at The Oval – even if it left us with a little bit of a ‘what if?’ feeling.

Sandun Dias appeals for Highgate during their defeat to Harrow St Mary's

Building partnerships turned out to be problematic for Highgate as they slid to a five-wicket defeat at Harrow St Mary’s in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League – their second loss in a row.

Hornsey batsman Joe Emanuel hit an unbeaten 63 against Enfield. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Teenager Joe Emanuel shared an unbroken century stand with his veteran coach Paul Weekes as Hornsey cruised to their second successive league win in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex came crashing back to earth after their opening-day victory over reigning champions Hampstead, failing to chase down a target of 131 against newly-promoted Eastcote in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh has predicted as few as five victories could be sufficient to clinch the County Championship title this season.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

So far it looks like being an attritional summer’s cricket and, if we’re to have a chance of winning the championship, it’ll be all about putting in complete performances over four days.

Highgate captain Jake Sharland. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate captain Jake Sharland feels his side should take heart from a narrow home defeat to Indian Gymkhana on their return to the second tier.

Johnny Fawcett (third from right) celebrates after taking his first wicket for Hornsey, dismissing Brondesburys James Overy lbw. Pic: Paolo Minoli

League debutants Jamie Harris and Johnny Fawcett made an immediate impact for Hornsey as they swept to a resounding win at Brondesbury in Division Two.

Jaron Semper (second from right) celebrates a wicket with his North Middlesex team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

A weakened North Middlesex side appeared to be staring defeat in the face as they hosted reigning champions Hampstead in their Middlesex County League Premier Division opener – but they fought back in the final hour to gain a dramatic victory.

Tim Murtagh

Tim Murtagh feels Middlesex must wrap up Nottinghamshire’s first innings swiftly on Monday morning to maintain parity in their County Championship clash at Lord’s.

Benham & Reeves' David Price (centre) presents this season's shirt to North Middlesex's captain Tom Nicoll (left) and new coach Dave Robson. Pic: Max Flego

Skipper Tom Nicoll has challenged North Middlesex’s top-order batsmen to give last season’s talisman Evan Flowers more support as the Crouch End club bid to maintain their progress in the Premier Division.

Paul Weekes of Hornsey CC

Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel believes the appointment of Paul Weekes as captain is a huge boost to their promotion prospects.

Highgate celebrate after clinching promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three last season. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate are readying themselves for new challenges after going through last season unbeaten as they cruised to the Division Three championship.

North London CC captain Sam Bardon

North London’s new captain Sam Bardon is hoping his side can pick up where they left off at the end of last season.

Middlesex batsman Stephen Eskinazi. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Stephen Eskinazi’s route to Lord’s has certainly been a roundabout one – but now the South African-born Australian-raised Englishman is right where he wants to be.

James Harris in action for Middlesex

Middlesex seamer James Harris feels squad rotation is essential if the club are to successfully negotiate a punishing schedule during the coming weeks.

Adam Voges batting for Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright Photography

Middlesex captain Adam Voges has demanded that his side strive to better last year’s second-place finish in the County Championship this season.

Middlesex's Sam Robson

Skipper Adam Voges praised Sam Robson after his unbeaten century steered Middlesex into a strong position on the opening day of their County Championship season.

Middlesex's Dawid Malan bats against Essex in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast

Dawid Malan is determined to turn around Middlesex’s Twenty20 fortunes – but he believes four-day cricket remains their main benchmark for success this season.

James Fuller in action for Middlesex. Pics: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

After helping to guide your team to their first trophy in over a decade, complacency could easily be a natural inclination.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins at the team building day at Radlett CCC

Nick Gubbins is itching to recover the winning habit with Middlesex after missing out on their second-place finish in the County Championship last season.

James Fuller of Middlesex claims the wicket of Surrey's Dominic Sibley during their pre-season friendly at The Oval. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

It hardly feels like anything resembling summer just yet, but Middlesex’s preparations for the new campaign are already at an advanced stage.

Adam Voges in action for Australia

Middlesex have confirmed the return of Adam Voges as their overseas player – as well as appointing new captains for both of their limited-overs sides.

Ollie Rayner (centre) celebrates dismissing Surrey's Gareth Batty during his Middlesex's County Championship win at The Oval in 2013

Middlesex will resume their County Championship rivalry with Surrey in May after the fixtures for the 2016 campaign were published this week.

Surrey winners of the Division 2 LV County Championship  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

English cricket will break with tradition in 2016 after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a new rule which will see the forsaking of the toss.

Nick Gubbins batting for Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast against Essex.Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Middlesex batting coach David Houghton feels it was no surprise to see Nick Gubbins develop into a key player across all formats last season.

Middlesex's James Harris celebrates a wicket in their win over Yorkshire

Middlesex’s season may have ended with a crushing defeat – but that should not mask a year of tangible progress in the County Championship.

James Franklin

To end with a walloping at Worcester was pretty disappointing, but that shouldn’t detract from a pretty solid season in terms of red-ball cricket.

Highgate Taverners are departing for a tour of Rome. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Highgate Taverners will be praying for success on their end-of-season tour after setting up a pretigious encounter with St Peter’s Cricket Club in Vatican City.

Middlesex's Neil Dexter celebrates a wicket in the recent victory against Yorkshire

During seven years at Lord’s, Neil Dexter has played his part in transforming Middlesex from Division Two also-rans to serious contenders for the County Championship title.

Middlesex's Nick Compton was not selected in the recent England squad

Nick Compton’s century in Middlesex’s remarkable victory over Yorkshire last week proved too late to reclaim his place in England’s top order.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones (right) celebrates his century against Yorkshire with team-mate James Harris at Lord's

Toby Roland-Jones’ maiden first-class hundred in the stunning comeback win over champions Yorkshire might never have happened, he revealed this week.

North Middlesex's colts section celebrate the club's 140th anniversary

North Middlesex’s colts were out in force on Saturday as the club celebrated their 140th anniversary.

Batsmen Alan O'Shea (left) and Ralph Pedersen (centre) clinched North London's survivial with victory at Kenton. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Sam Bardon is eager to spearhead a North London promotion challenge next season after they completed their remarkable escape from relegation with victory at Kenton.

Highgate's Craig Gourlay celebrates a wicket. Pic: Max Flego

Craig Gourlay stole the show as Highgate completed an unbeaten season and posted a record Middlesex County League points total to boot.

James Franklin

Around the halfway point of the season, our general thinking was that, as long as we kept going, there’d come a period when Yorkshire weren’t winning.

Sam Bardon will captain North London in their final match of the season at Kenton

Stand-in skipper Sam Bardon says North London must target victory at Kenton on Saturday – even though a four-point draw will guarantee their survival.

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