Search

Middlesex cricket column: Positive Spin

07:14 23 May 2014

Ravi Patel, Middlesex

Ravi Patel, Middlesex

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Despite the results, I have to say I loved the whole experience of our T20 double header at Lord’s last weekend.

Lord’s is such a special place and a lot of people came to watch us, so the atmosphere was great. I hope there are more days like that in the future and maybe other counties will try it as well.

Playing two matches back to back wasn’t really a problem in terms of keeping focused, although I suppose we were a bit fatigued going into the Sussex game.

With that said, we were very much up for it mentally. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win we needed, but there’s no reason why we can’t bounce back.

On the positive side, Eoin Morgan and Dawid Malan batted brilliantly in the Essex game. Eoin’s one of the best T20 batsmen in the world and it’s a massive bonus for us to have him coming in at three.

The thing about Dawid is that he plays proper cricket shots. He doesn’t take as many risks as other players but he’s still a very explosive batsman – as are all our top three.

Personally, I was very happy with the way I played. In the first game when I came on to bowl there was a bit of pressure, with the start Essex had made.

But I enjoyed that pressure of trying to get the momentum back in our favour. I want to build on that and what better place to do it than at my old school, Merchant Taylor’s?

It’s a great place to play, the pitch usually turns a bit, and over the years I’ve got a few wickets there. One game that stands out from my school days was against UCS, when they were blocking out for a draw, and I got seven wickets.

Since I left school, I’ve played there for Middlesex’s second XI, but I’m excited about the chance to go back with the senior side. I’ve got my favourite end, going uphill, so I’ll have to make sure my captain knows that!

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

42 minutes ago
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.

07:05
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.

Yesterday, 17:04
Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates after scoring against Manchester United

It’s funny how tribalism can consume you in football. Over the last few years, I imagine that most of us have been guilty of retreating into our respective corners of fandom, and with good reason: there isn’t a lot else to like.

Yesterday, 16:53
Islington Police Warthogs RFC

Karl Latham gave Islington Police Warthogs belated cause for celebration by becoming their only try-scorer at the Commissioner’s Cup Sevens tournament on Sunday.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista celebrates Danny Welbeck's winner against Norwich

Arsenal 1 Norwich City 0

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Although they spurned the chance to win the league title, Arsenal Under-21s still have a chance to reach the top tier of second-string football via the play-offs.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Local league players and officials at Market Road with coaches Sarah Cleary (right, front row) and Natasha Ademakinwa (second from right, back row).

Female coaches are backing a campaign to give Islington girls what they never had – a genuine opportunity to play competitive football in the borough.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe