Middlesex cricketer’s column: Keeping busy

John Simpson

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Unfortunately we came up a fraction short again in the YB40 – but it was good to finish the competition with a win over Leicestershire on Monday.

We knew it was a dead rubber, but Gus [Fraser] told us he expected a reaction after our County Championship defeat at Derby, and obviously I was delighted to hit the winning runs.

It was another of those situations like the recent Unicorns game, where you’ve got nothing to lose and you can go out there and bat freely.

As I’ve said before, you’ve got to enjoy the challenge. If you try and express yourself and hit a few boundaries, you never know what can happen, and fortunately it came off again.

At one stage it looked like Eoin Morgan was going to take the game away from Leicester completely. In this form of the game he’s phenomenal and there’s no doubting his quality.

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He hasn’t done as well as he’d have liked – which has been frustrating for him and for the Middlesex fans – but that was a typical Morgy innings and I’m sure everyone enjoyed watching it.

We don’t have the likes of him and Finny around too often but, when we do, they fit into the group really well. That’s the key, having guys who can slot into the team and whose company you enjoy.

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Although Derbyshire dented our hopes of pushing for the title, there are still four games to go and we’ve got to play Yorkshire in the last one – so never say never.

Credit where credit’s due – Derbyshire played the best cricket over the four days. We didn’t really hit our straps on that second morning when we had them six down overnight.

We needed to finish them off quickly and instead they put on 100 for the last two wickets.

But every time we’ve had a blip, we’ve bounced back well. Somerset will scrap hard for a result over the next few days, but hopefully we can do the same again.

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