Middlesex cricket column: In the Middle with Nick Compton
As things stand, we’re still in the mix in the Royal London One-day Cup – but we need to find a bit of consistency.
We should have made a better fist of it in our game against Hampshire, but the way we bounced back at Hove was great.
Nick Gubbins played in a manner that belied his inexperience. He’s only had a handful of one-day games and to exhibit those shots and that clean hitting ability made it a great innings.
Dawid Malan has also come on leaps and bounds – he really knows his game inside out, in all forms of the game, and it shows. The two of them gave us big runs at the top, something we’ve lacked in white-ball cricket.
Our total should have been more than enough, but the rain helped Sussex massively because the conditions totally changed – the ball was skidding on and that made it difficult to control the game.
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George Bailey’s world-class knock got them close, but Toby Roland-Jones performed really well with the ball and so did Neil Dexter, who took a great catch as well.
I thought the way James Franklin marshalled the troops was fantastic. He was keen to rotate the bowlers as much as he could, which was good tactics as it didn’t allow the batsmen to get too familiar with anyone.
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We’ve had a good record at Hove, so it’d be nice to continue that against Sussex at Lord’s in the County Championship later this week – we need to win a couple more games and try to stake a claim for the trophy.
Like everyone else at Middlesex, I was delighted to see Finny’s performance in the third Test. Whether you’re a bowling coach or not, you can tell from his action that he’s in a good place.
He’s got all the attributes and he’s also a fantastic guy – humble and willing to work hard. It’s tough to be an elite performer without going through some tough times and you can see that’s made him a better cricketer.