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Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Skipper Dawid Malan struck an unbeaten half-century to lead Middlesex to a thrilling victory over Somerset in a rain-reduced T20 clash at Lord’s.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

It’s a shame Chris Gayle won’t be coming to Lord’s when we take on Somerset – in a way it would have been fun to play against him.

George Bailey batting for Australia

Middlesex coach Richard Scott is predicting a “seamless transition” when George Bailey replaces Brendon McCullum as the club’s overseas player next week.

Paul Weekes hit an unbeaten half-century as Hornsey beat Barnes by seven wickets

Skipper Paul Weekes led from the front again as Hornsey triumphed against Barnes to set up a top-of-the-table clash with Finchley this weekend.

Joel Hughes took 7-62 for North Middlesex in a match that went down to the last ball. Pic: Max Flego

Joel Hughes took seven wickets for North Middlesex in a thrilling draw in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League, with both teams going into the final over with a shot at victory.

Jordan Gregory took four wickets for North London in their win at Kenton

North London returned to the scene of last year’s great escape – and triumphed again to climb into the top half of the Middlesex County League Division Three table.

Mitch McClenaghan (left) celebrates the wicket of Essex's Callum Taylor with team-mates Dawid Malan and John Simpson (right). Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

It is unlikely anyone in the Middlesex camp will be getting caught up in a wave of unbridled optimism over their T20 prospects just yet.

Bowler David Schout (left) is surrounded by North London team-mates after taking the wicket of South Hampstead's Jerus Reemaul

A warm-up session with Test batsmen at Lord’s helped to inspire Jordan Gregory as he spun North London to a nail-biting victory over South Hampstead.

Will Prest was Hornsey's top scorer with 60 as they went down by two wickets at Acton

Hornsey were knocked off the top of Division Two after they suffered their first defeat of the season in a tense climax at Acton.

Connor Nurse hit an unbeaten 29 to take North Middlesex over 200 in his first appearance of the season. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Tom Nicoll was left ruing “an all-too familiar top-order collapse” as North Middlesex lost for the fourth time in their opening six league games.

Paul Stirling in four-day action for Middlesex. Pic: Nick Wood/TGS Photo

A few years ago Paul Stirling seemed to be the archetypal Twenty20 batsman – hard-hitting, fast-scoring and rarely spending much time at the crease.

Joel Hughes took 5-16 against Southgate after notching 30 as an opening batsman. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Tom Nicoll hopes Joel Hughes can become a consistent all-rounder for North Middlesex after his starring role in Saturday’s emphatic victory over Southgate, which ended a three-match losing streak in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

Conditions play a big part in one-day cricket – as we know only too well after our 50-over game against Hampshire at Radlett.

Middlesex bowler Toby Roland-Jones

Middlesex tasted defeat for the first time at Radlett as they lost their opening Royal London One-Day Cup tie to Hampshire by five wickets.

Hornsey captain Paul Weekes (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates Steve Atkinson (left) and Chetan Patel after his fifth wicket against Wembley on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

Hornsey are now the only team across the three divisions of the league with a 100 per cent record after they thrashed bottom side Wembley by 10 wickets.

Sandun Dias was top scorer for Highgate in their defeat to Barnes. Pic: Max Flego

Sandun Dias struck his first half-century for Highgate – but it was not enough to prevent a home defeat against Barnes that tipped them into the Division Two relegation zone.

Paul Stirling of Middlesex

Middlesex’s Twenty20 hoodoo against Gloucestershire continued as they went down to their first defeat of the season at Old Merchant Taylor’s School.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

We’re playing good cricket at the moment and it’s nice to feel we’ve got a bit of momentum coming across different formats of the game.

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

James Fuller is feeling a mixture of eagerness and anxiety as he prepares to face his former Gloucestershire team-mates for the first time on Thursday.

Jamie Harris hit an unbeaten century for Hornsey in their win over Harrow St Mary's

Teenager Jack Bruce captured his first five-wicket haul for the senior side as Division Two leaders Hornsey beat Harrow St Mary’s to maintain their 100 per cent record.

Will Lake top scored for North London in their win against Winchmore Hill

North London are finally off the mark for the season in Division Three after Will Lake’s breezy 47 not out sealed a six-wicket victory over Winchmore Hill.

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.

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