Middlesex cricketer’s column: The way it seams
We’re almost at the end of our season and I think everyone at Middlesex can feel pretty proud of our efforts this summer.
When you look at it, we’ve continued to push on in all competitions and hopefully we can build on that and make a stronger challenge next year.
We’ve played some really good one-day cricket and just missed out on the knockout stages in both the t20 and the YB40, coming up probably one win short in each of them.
In the County Championship, we’ve already got more points than last season, but a couple of bad weeks have probably cost us the chance to go for the title.
It looks like Durham are probably going to wrap up the title this week and, with nine wins to their name already, they definitely deserve it.
The fact that we beat them a few weeks ago makes you feel we should be right up there. But you can always look back on ifs and buts – games like the one at Lord’s where we didn’t quite finish Sussex off, for instance.
It’s my first season in Division One and the main difference I’ve really noticed is how hard teams fight.
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When you get on top, you have to work harder to finish the job. The intensity is much higher with teams either chasing the title or fighting to avoid relegation.
What’s been clear is the strength of this division – you can’t afford to be off your game for even one session. That can cost you dearly.
Personally, it’s been a frustrating season. It’s not quite the start to my Middlesex career I’d envisaged, being out for periods of time with injury and searching for form.
But aside from that, I’ve been made really welcome at the club and I’ve loved every moment.
Hopefully we can finish off on a high, with a victory against Yorkshire that will help us sew up third place for the second year running.