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Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

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.

Sandun Dias hit 85 for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

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.

Jordan Gregory bowls for North London. Pic: Max Flego

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.

Liam O'Driscoll was the pick of North Middlesex's bowlers with three wickets, and he then hit 53 off 58 balls with the bat. Pic: Max Flego

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 (right) with Middlesex's Sam Robson at Lord's

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 in T20 action for Middlesex

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

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

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.

Sandun Dias hit 72 from 50 balls but Highgate were defeated by league leaders Finchley. Pic: Max Flego

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.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

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 top scored with 68 for North London in their win at South Hampstead

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.

George Bailey batting for Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright

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.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

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. Pic: Max Flego

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.

Northamptonshire's Adam Rossington

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 top scored for North London with 85. Pic: Paolo Minoli

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.

Jordan Gregory took five wickets for North London in their nail-biting win over South Hampstead

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

Middlesex's John Simpson

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.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

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

Surrey's  Ben Foakes

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.

Highgate captain Jake Sharland celebrates the fall of an Acton wicket. Pic: Max Flego

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.

Teenager Joe Cracknell hit an unbeaten 87, striking 10 off his last two balls. Pic: Max Flego

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.

General view of play at Lord's

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.

Essex's Ashar Zaidi

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.

Nathan Sowter has become a regular member of Middlesex's T20 side. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leg-spinner Nathan Sowter is seeking to play his part in a rare Twenty20 double for Middlesex this season.

North London players celebrate a wicket from Jordan Gregory in their five-run win against Brentham. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Sam Bardon has urged North London to maintain the impetus of their seven-match unbeaten run as they prepare to face the top two sides in Middlesex County League Division Three.

Middlesex's Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan feels Middlesex’s impressive County Championship form has been a key factor in their recent improvement in white-ball cricket.

Eoin Morgan batting for Middlesex

Middlesex overcame Surrey in front of a record crowd at Lord’s to strengthen their hopes of reaching the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Paolo Minoli

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll has entered his name into the Middlesex County League’s record books after scoring a century and taking eight wickets in a stunning individual display.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

At this stage of the season, you want to make sure you’re still involved in all three competitions, and that’s certainly the case at Middlesex.

Middlesex's Ryan Higgins

Ryan Higgins says a new mindset in the Middlesex dressing room this season has propelled them into the hunt for a NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final spot.

Highgate's Craig Gourlay (second from right) is congratulated after taking a Harrow St Mary's wicket. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate captain Jake Sharland expects the next two games to be crucial in determining whether his side preserve their Middlesex County League Division Two status.

The triumphant North London team

North London’s women remain top of the table and unbeaten after winning both games in their double-header at home against Totteridge Millhillians on Sunday.

Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Not for the first time, Middlesex’s prospects of progress in both limited-overs cup competitions appear to be hanging in the balance.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

Being called up to the Test squad for the first time was a pretty special feeling – and not to have seen it coming made it all the more special.

Glenn Phillips hit 132 for Brondesbury. Pic: Max Flego

Brondesbury took the lion’s share of a draw with Hornsey to close the gap on their promotion rivals – but they also slipped two places down the table in Division Two of the Middlesex County League.

North London captain Sam Bardon

Sam Bardon played a captain’s innings as North London clung on for a point at Osterley to extend their unbeaten run in Middlesex County League Division Three to five games.

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates after removing Hampstead's Jonathan Dunne and claiming his fifth wicket. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Joel Hughes hit a winning four in the final over as North Middlesex completed the double over Hampstead and moved 17 points clear of their hosts and the relegation zone in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Middelsex's Ryan Higgins

Half-centuries from Eoin Morgan and Ryan Higgins could not stave off defeat for Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast as they went down to Glamorgan by nine wickets at Richmond.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

We’ve got one of the best seam attacks in the country at Middlesex, but at the moment it feels like we’re shooting ourselves in the foot.

Steve Eskinazi of Middlesex. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Middlesex’s Stephen Eskinazi is aiming to model his game on that of club captain Adam Voges after scoring back-to-back first-class centuries in the past week.

Highgate players congratulate Sandun Dias (left) after taking the wicket of Hornsey's Joe Emanuel

Hornsey’s last-wicket pair clung on to deny Highgate a much-needed victory and close the gap on Middlesex County League Division Two leaders Finchley.

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

Geoff Jones demolished Harrow Town with the best bowling performance in Middlesex County League Division Three this season as resurgent North London inched nearer to the promotion places.

Dawid Malan hits out for Middlesex. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Skipper Dawid Malan believes Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign is gathering pace after they recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

It’s always great to see two young guys come together in a partnership like Nick Gubbins and Steve Eskinazi did this week against Lancashire.

Highgate captain Jake Sharland

Highgate captain Jake Sharland wants his side to forget about results and focus on enjoying the game as they attempt to turn their season around.

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