Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Nick Gubbins

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins - Credit: Archant

While it may be a cliché, to get a first-class hundred for the first time at Lord’s – the home of cricket – was an absolute dream come true.

Hitting a century in the 50-Over Cup at Hove last season was fantastic, but obviously the circumstances were different in a County Championship game and I think my emotions showed that when I reached three figures against Somerset.

More than anything, it feels like a monkey off my back because I’ve got myself out in the 90s a few times in the past. Now I think I can just get on with my cricket, look to perform and get the team off to good starts.

Robbo and I had a great partnership going and I felt really sorry for him, getting out on 99 when he really deserved a hundred. But it didn’t make me more nervous or anything, I had a job to do and I was focused on that.

It was another tough pitch at Lord’s – difficult to score on – and Stirlo’s knock later in the innings was awesome.

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He looked back to his fluent best and put the team in a good position, which definitely shouldn’t be overlooked, because it was a class knock.

Next up, it’s our first T20 game on Friday against Hampshire. They’ll be a good test for us and we’re looking forward to it – hopefully there’ll be a good crowd at Uxbridge to get us going.

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We’ve got a world star coming in – Brendon McCullum – so we’ll try and learn as much as we can from him, but we’ve got a squad full of incredible talent and hopefully that can translate into some results.

Finally, you might have seen ‘DJ Gubbo’ and some of his moves on social media in the build-up to the tournament, but I can promise those won’t be reproduced – on the field anyway.

It was a well-executed prank by Tim Murtagh – it’s fair to say he got me. He may be king of pranks, the senior pro in the dressing room, but there’s no reason why I can’t get him back.

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