Middlesex cricketer’s column: Keeping busy
It’s always nice to beat your local rivals – and to go across the river and do it at The Oval is something we haven’t managed too often.
We certainly didn’t play as well as we’d have liked in the two previous games, but to go to Surrey and dictate the game from the first session to the last showed great character.
That’s really been the story of our season – when we’ve lost a couple here and there, we’ve always bounced back with the kind of performance that shows how close we are to being a top outfit.
I don’t need to praise Ollie Rayner too much – his bowling was an awesome effort that spoke for itself. He got the ball in the right areas and kept asking questions of the batsmen.
To be honest, he made my life difficult at times as well! I had to be on my toes with every ball because you never knew how much it was going to turn or bounce. I imagine he’d like to carry that wicket around with him from now on.
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It was a good team performance too – Dexy batted really well and anchored our first innings, which was exactly what we needed.
Buck spoke to us beforehand about the importance of everyone chipping in and I think we all did that at some point in the game.
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The result was a massive boost to morale and now we’ve got to finish as high as we can in the table. Of course there’s prize money to fight for, but it’s mainly about taking pride in your performance.
Now we’ve got Notts, who haven’t had a great season by their standards, but they’ll have gone into the game on a high after winning their YB40 semi-final on Monday and I’m sure they’ll fight hard.
You just never know what the weather’s got in store for us – there might be rain-affected games that help to keep us in the title mix. We’ve just got to concentrate on what we do in these last two matches and see what happens.