Middlesex cricketer’s column: Keeping busy

When the pressure’s on, you’ve got to try to thrive on the challenge – and Sunday was a case in point.

Credit to the Unicorns, they played well and we were really staring down the barrel. But we managed to scrape home and obviously it was very satisfying for me to play the role that I did in getting us there.

I’ve had a frustrating period being out of the one-day side, but it was a good opportunity for me to reflect, have a rethink about my game and look at areas where I could improve.

Hopefully I proved a point and showed that I can still play the one-day stuff. It was a while since any of us had played a 40-over game and overall I think we were a bit rusty.

After all those t20 games, it’s easy to forget you’ve got a lot more time than you think. Those extra 120 balls make a big difference and maybe we were a bit gung-ho at times.

A few guys got starts and Joe Denly played well but ultimately nobody went on to make that big contribution we needed.

Still, it can be the making of a very good side when you don’t play well but still come away with a win. It gives us a kick up the backside going into two big games against Glamorgan and Gloucestershire.

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After those, it’s back to the County Championship against Derbyshire. They won at Sussex in their last game, so we’ll underestimate them at our peril.

They’ll be looking to spring another surprise and we know full well they’re going to be up for the fight. We’ve got to go up there and try to boss them on their home patch.

I played with both James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones in the second XI game at Radlett last week and it’s good to have them back. That means extra competition for places.

It’s great for us to have five or six fully-fit pace bowlers raring to go – that’s what you need at this stage of the season.