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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Middlesex’s title-winning squad gained the royal seal of approval when they were presented with the County Championship trophy at Buckingham Palace.

John Simpson wants Middlesex’s County Championship title triumph to be the first of many after they wrenched the crown from Yorkshire in thrilling fashion.

Stevie Eskinazi admits it may be hard to top the satisfaction of helping Middlesex to County Championship glory in the rest of his career.

While most cricket fans inside Lord’s and beyond were entranced by the exciting spectacle that unfolded on Friday, there were also some voicing outrage.

Middlesex hat-trick hero Toby Roland-Jones says the squad were always confident in their ability to become county champions this year.

Middlesex dethroned Yorkshire in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to win their first County Championship title since 1993.

Tim Bresnan’s unbeaten century kept Yorkshire on course for a hat-trick of County Championship titles – and all but ended Middlesex’s hopes of snatching their crown.

Toby Roland-Jones’ four-wicket return was not enough to prevent Yorkshire gaining the upper hand over Middlesex on day two of their County Championship decider at Lord’s.

As a team, we’ve done so well this season and to put the sprinkle dust on it with the championship would be absolutely awesome.

Nick Gubbins hit an unbeaten century to hold the Middlesex innings together on the opening day of their crucial County Championship clash with Yorkshire at Lord’s.

Given Yorkshire’s recent domination of domestic cricket, it’s no surprise to see them well represented among England squads in all formats of the game.

Ollie Rayner is one of the few players in the Middlesex dressing room who knows how it feels to be part of a title-winning squad.

Middlesex’s John Simpson says the County Championship leaders must carry the euphoria of their win over Nottinghamshire into their next game at Old Trafford.

Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball wrecked Middlesex’s top order for the second time in the match to leave their County Championship title hopes on a knife-edge.

At this stage of the championship, all you can do is focus on yourselves and what you’re able to control – as simple as that.

Departing skipper Jake Sharland wants to see Highgate become an established second-tier club in the Middlesex County League following their final-day escape from relegation.

Victorious North London were left on tenterhooks for two hours after beating Harrow Town before finally learning that they had secured promotion to Middlesex County League Division Two.

Skipper Tom Nicoll has urged North Middlesex to build on their new-found maturity next season after the disappointment of missing out on a maiden league title.

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North Middlesex batsman Evan Flowers is thrilled that the club’s policy of developing and promoting homegrown players has been rewarded as the fight for the Middlesex County League title goes down to the final day.

Most of the lads have got some relaxation over the last week or two – and now we’re re-energised and ready for the big push.

Highgate skipper Jake Sharland expects no favours from neighbours Hornsey when his side attempt to clinch survival by beating them in Saturday’s derby showdown.

With just a month of the season remaining, Middlesex appear better-placed to become county champions than at any time since their last title 23 years ago.

Highgate hauled themselves out of the drop zone again as the weather helped them to secure a narrow victory at Enfield in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

North London skipper Sam Bardon is optimistic that victories in the two remaining games will give his side a good chance of promotion from Middlesex County League Division Three.

North Middlesex extended their remarkable winning run to eight matches but remain second with just two games left in the title race after leaders Teddington also came out on top.

North London CC’s Bob Pedersen received the Heartbeat of the Club prize as the annual Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards were held at Lord’s.

Harry Podmore says the success of his contemporaries at Middlesex this season has helped motivate him to make his mark in four-day cricket.

Captain Tom Nicoll admits the excitement levels are rising after North Middlesex secured a seventh straight victory in their bid to deliver the club’s first Middlesex County League title for 26 years.

Highgate dropped back into the Division Two relegation zone after they failed to kill off champions-elect Finchley and were edged out by two wickets.

If anyone asked you for a blueprint of how to play four-day cricket, I think you’d show them a recording of our game against Durham.

Jack Atchinson’s first half-century of the season dug North London out of a hole as they saw off South Hampstead to rekindle their Middlesex County League Division Three promotion challenge.

Departing Middlesex batsman George Bailey feels the team’s tenacity gives them a fighting chance of becoming county champions at the end of the season.

Naturally we’re all gutted that we didn’t go further in the T20 – but it’s important to reflect on the campaign as a whole and see the positives of it.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll is urging his players to put cricket first and prioritise the club’s title bid – and he has led by example, cancelling a trip to Amsterdam this weekend.

Former Middlesex player Adam Rossington ended his old club’s hopes of NatWest T20 Blast glory as they were eliminated by Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the quarter-final.

Hussain Shabbir’s innings of 85 could not save North London from defeat to Middlesex Tamils as they slid into the bottom half of the Middlesex County League Division Three table, being overtaken by South Hampstead.

All-rounder Jordan Gregory has an additional incentive to try to steer North London into a promotion place over the coming weeks.

John Simpson has urged Middlesex to pick up where they left off in the County Championship as they resume their four-day campaign with a derby against Surrey.

We felt like we’d done enough this year to get through in the Royal London Cup – but it wasn’t to be.

Middlesex missed out on a place in the Royal London Cup quarter-finals after they were beaten by Surrey in a severely rain-reduced tie at Lord’s.

Last-wicket pair Will Brookes and Scott Thaxton snatched a precious victory against Acton to haul Highgate out of the Middlesex County League Division Two drop zone for the first time this season.

North Middlesex are just eight points off the top in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League after beating league leaders Richmond and recording their fifth victory in a row.

Middlesex edged out Essex in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals.

Pakistan all-rounder Ashar Zaidi blazed an unbeaten half-century to strengthen Essex’s chances of joining Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

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