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North Middlesex are soaring in second place in the top flight of the Middlesex County Cricket League after Ed Bird’s six-wicket haul against Southgate helped to maintain their perfect record.

Joe Burns in action for Leicestershire. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Justin Langer, Chris Rogers and more recently Adam Voges… there are some distinguished footsteps for Middlesex’s latest Australian import Joe Burns to try and follow.

Will Brookes hit an unbeaten 58 in Highgate's win over Winchmore Hill. Pic: Max Flego

Will Brookes hit his maiden first-team half-century to set up Highgate’s 75-run victory over the former league champions Winchmore Hill in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

North Middlesex's Adam Holmes (above) shared a crucial 83-run partnership with Joe Hewton. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll admits his side were not at their best in Saturday’s three-wicket victory at Finchley, but he says there is a growing sense of confidence as the club continued their perfect start to the season in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Ed Wharton hit an unbeaten 53 for Hornsey against Acton. Pic: Max Flego

Stubborn resistance from the Acton tail denied Hornsey their second win of the season as they had to settle for a four-point draw in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

North Middlesex's Joel Hughes (right) took four wickets in the victory over Teddington. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex made a strong statement on the opening day of the season, securing a notable 113-run home win over reigning champions Teddington in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Captain Jack Atchinson was North London's top scorer. Pic: Max Flego

Nitin Modha’s six-wicket haul proved fatal for North London as they slid to a three-wicket defeat in their low-scoring encounter with Bessborough in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Scott Thaxton took five quick wickets for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

A five-wicket burst from Scott Thaxton got Highgate’s campaign off to a winning start in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League as hosts Harrow folded for 103.

Michael Philipson is ineligible to play for Hornsey this summer. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hornsey veteran Chetan Patel is confident of an immediate return to the top flight despite the departure of skipper Michael Philipson.

James Harris celebrates a wicket. Pic: TGSPHOTO

James Harris says he is gaining confidence all the time after devastating Durham with career-best figures to clinch a dramatic Middlesex victory at Lord’s.

Nick Gubbins batting for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Sam Robson is confident of forging a strong alliance with Nick Gubbins as Middlesex get used to life without talismanic opener Chris Rogers.

New Zealand's James Franklin bats

James Franklin is hopeful his bag of allsorts will give Middlesex plenty of options on the last stop of his cricketing journey.

Mark Sumray, the director of Benham & Reeves' Highgate office, hands over this season's sponsored shirt to North Middlesex's first-team captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Tony Gay

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll is hoping to take last season’s momentum into the new campaign, which starts on May 9, and push into the top three spots.

Middlesex bowler Tom Helm. Pic: TGSPHOTO

Fast bowler Tom Helm believes this is the year for him to lose the ‘promising youngster’ tag at Middlesex.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser

Middlesex have confirmed that Australian batsman Joe Burns will replace countryman Adam Voges as the club’s overseas player for a two-month spell.

Middlesex batsman Sam Robson

Sam Robson admits Middlesex’s top order failed to perform after they were rolled over for just 181 in their opening County Championship game against Nottinghamshire.

James Harris of Middlesex is congratulated on the wicket of Essex's James Foster during their pre-season game at Chelmsford. Pic: TGSPHOTO

Angus Fraser is confident that Middlesex have recruited the right players to prevent a repeat of last year’s narrow escape from relegation.

Nick Compton, Middlesex

Nick Compton is delighted to be back at Middlesex – but has stressed he should not be viewed as a direct replacement for outgoing captain Chris Rogers.

Highbury Grove Under-15 girls

Jasmine Liddell hit three off the final ball to earn Highbury Grove’s Under-15 team joint second place in the Middlesex girls’ competition at Finchley.

Highbury Grove School's U13 girls indoor cricket squad. Standing, left to right: Liyah Robinson, Tia Thompson, Zuzanna Marciniak, Tiarna Reid, Reeya Amin. Kneeling, left to right: Chyna Hector, Saffiya Britto

Liyah Robinson held her nerve to secure a nail-biting victory as Highbury Grove School’s Under-13 girls booked their place in the inter-borough indoor tournament.

England captain Matt Dean at the Blind World Cup

England captain Matt Dean says his team have learned a great deal from their experience at the Blind World Cup despite defeat in the semi-finals.

Adam Voges in ODI action for Australia

Middlesex are closing in on another two new signings after persuading Australian batsman Adam Voges to return to Lord’s as their new four-day captain.

Roy Keane during a book launch at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood is preparing to host its second Sports Writing Festival from Thursday October 23 to Sunday October 26.

England visually impaired captain Matt Dean

London Metro cricketer Matt Dean is aiming for glory when he leads England’s visually impaired side to South Africa for the Blind World Cup next month.

The eventual champions Somerset (black kit) in action against London Metro. Pic: Martin Humby

The country’s best blind cricketers demonstrated their skills at North London Cricket Club on Saturday in the county T20 finals.

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