Middlesex cricket column: Steady Line with Toby Roland-Jones

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones - Credit: Archant

There were some real positives from our game at The Oval – even if it left us with a little bit of a ‘what if?’ feeling.

Overall we’re happy with the way we played. The wicket was tough to bat on at times – although my last-wicket stand with Tim Murtagh was good fun!

I always enjoy batting with Murts and it meant we went into the Surrey innings with a bit of momentum and got among them. But full credit to Surrey, they put up a bit of a fight on day three and stuck in there.

There have been plenty of runs for us in the batting department so far this season and probably a few guys will be thinking they could have gone bigger, which is always a positive.

From a bowling point of view we feel we’ve got better as each game’s gone on – although I suppose you can look at it both ways, that almost everyone in the team had a bowl against Surrey!

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It’s good that we’ve got so many capable lads who can contribute with the ball – for instance, Dawid Malan picked up an important wicket for us in the first innings.

These days, especially in Division One, you need some strength in depth. Obviously at the moment we’ve got two guys away with England and the other week we lost Adam Voges to injury after that unfortunate incident at Hampshire.

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It’s great to have him back to lead us again, but we always feel we’re in a position to cope, whether it’s with injuries or international call-ups at any stage.

Next up for us is Somerset at Lord’s and I guess a lot of attention will be on the return of Chris Rogers.

He was exceptional in the years that he was here, both as captain and leading from the front with the batting – there were a couple of match-winning knocks that were particularly eye-catching.

First and foremost he’s a very good international batsman, so it’ll be a good test and hopefully we’ll find a way past him. We’re looking forward to it.

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