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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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.

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Chris Rogers seems to save his very best performances for when we’re in real trouble – and Taunton last week was a classic example.

Gareth Berg, Middlesex.

Middlesex are set to make the all-rounder’s position their top priority when they begin reshaping the squad for next season.

Ravi Patel, Middlesex

It’s been disappointing for me to miss the last two matches, but you can always accept being left out if the reasons are valid.

Dawid Malan top scored in Middlesex's second innings with 46

Middlesex slid deeper into relegation trouble after they were beaten by Durham in their final home match of the County Championship season.

Nick Gubbins batting for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Conventional wisdom dictates that any team’s ideal batting order should comprise a mixture of left and right-handers as a means of disturbing the bowlers’ rhythm.

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

It’s not quite over yet, but I don’t honestly think Yorkshire can be stopped from winning the County Championship title.

Highgate's Chris Arul hits out. Pic: Max Flego

Chris Arul hammered an unbeaten century as Highgate overcame the Tamils by seven wickets to round off their Division Three season on a triumphant note.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll is confident that his side are capable of a league title success in the coming years.

Tim Murtagh in action for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Tim Murtagh is content to sacrifice next week’s one-day international series as he concentrates on spearheading Middlesex’s battle for top-flight survival.

Ravi Patel, Middlesex

The way the schedule of the county season pans out, there are periods in the fixture list which are extremely congested.

North Middlesex's Ethan Bamber

Fifteen-year-old seamer Ethan Bamber enjoyed a dream Premier League debut as North Middlesex overcame neighbours Hornsey and left their visitors staring at relegation.

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Captaining a team at Lord’s for the first time when we played the Indians was very enjoyable, even if it was a bit unexpected.

Hornsey's Ed Wharton took 6-45 in Saturday's defeat against the new league leaders, Teddington. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hornsey gave Premier Division title challengers Teddington a scare at Tivoli Road, but a narrow 14-run defeat keeps them in the bottom two while their visitors rose to the top of the table.

Ed Atkins bats for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate’s destiny remains in their own hands despite suffering a nine-wicket thrashing by Division Three promotion rivals Wembley and dropping to third in the table.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (centre) celebrates with team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll has hailed his side’s “unbelievable” transformation after they secured Premier Division status with a sixth win in eight games.

Ravi Patel, Middlesex

I was ecstatic to be picked for the England Lions recently, but there is still a way to go before I can think about playing international cricket.

Chetan Patel (centre) and his Hornsey team-mates are dismayed as Ben Scott survives an lbw decision against Ed Harton. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hornsey slipped further off the pace in the relegation battle after being skittled for just 65 runs in a heavy defeat away at Hampstead.

North Middlesex's Joel Hughes took 5-47 en route to a victory over Stanmore. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex took a giant step towards securing their Premier Division safety as a fifth successive home win took them 14 points clear of the drop zone.

North London players celebrate. Pic: Max Flego

Spinner Pete Monar lifted North London into the top half of the Division Three table as they beat Harrow Town by 19 runs in a low-scoring encounter.

Will Russell (centre) celebrates with his Highgate team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

Will Russell took five wickets and then smashed an unbeaten 86 to keep Highgate’s Division Three promotion challenge on course against struggling Ickenham.

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

After a mixed week in the Royal London Cup we need to win our last two games against Notts and Kent to have any hope of qualifying.

Highgate's no9 batsman Johan de Silva was the top scorer in the match with 49. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate spurned the opportunity to go level on points with Division Three leaders Wembley after a losing draw against struggling Kenton in the Middlesex County Cricket League.

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