Middlesex County Cricket Club
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Middlesex County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Middlesex which has effectively been subsumed within the ceremonial county of Greater London. The club was founded in 1864 but teams representing the county have played top-class cricket since the early 18th century and the club has always held first-class status. Middlesex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.
|One Day name||Middlesex|
|Captain||FC & LA|
|Overseas player(s)||Peter Handscomb|
|Chief executive||Richard Goatley|
at Cattle Market Ground, Islington
|Championship wins||11 (plus 2 shared)|
|Sunday League wins||1|
|Benson & Hedges Cup wins||2|
|One-Day Cup wins||4|
|Twenty20 Cup wins||1|
|Official website||Middlesex CCC|
12 September 2020
The club plays most of its home games at Lord's Cricket Ground, which is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club, in St John's Wood. The club also plays some games at the Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground (historically Middlesex) and the Old Deer Park in Richmond (historically Surrey). Until October 2014, the club played limited overs cricket as the Middlesex Panthers, having changed from Middlesex Crusaders in 2009 following complaints from Muslims and Jews. On 24 October 2014, the club announced that they would use the name Middlesex County Cricket Club in all forms of the sport with immediate effect. Limited-overs kit colours are dark blue and pink quarters and from 2007, Middlesex have worn exclusive pink shirts during their Twenty20 matches in support of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. The club has an indoor school based in Finchley, the Middlesex Academy and a project at Radlett Cricket Club.
Middlesex have won thirteen County Championship titles (including 2 shared titles), the most recent in 2016. In limited overs cricket, they have won two Benson & Hedges Cups, four one-day cricket titles, one National League and the Twenty20 Cup, through which they became the first county club to qualify for both the Stanford Super Series and the Twenty20 Champions League.
First XI honoursEdit
- Champion County (1) – 1866
- County Championship (11) – 1903, 1920, 1921, 1947, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 2016; shared (2) – 1949, 1977
- Division Two (1): 2011
- Division Two (1): 2004
- Twenty20 Cup (1) – 2008
- Benson & Hedges Cup (2) – 1983, 1986
Second XI honoursEdit
- Second XI Championship (5) – 1974, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2000; shared (1) – 2013
- Second XI Trophy (2) – 2007, 2018
- Second XI T20 (2) – 2015, 2016
- Minor Counties Championship (1) – 1935
Strong 1974 winning side included a batting line-up of international players in Roland Butcher, Ian Gould, Phillip Edmonds, John Embury, Mike Gatting, Graham Barlow, Rodney Ontong, and Larry Gomes. R. P. Willows topped the batting and Phillip Edmonds the bowling, they also won the Warwick Pool Championship the same year.
It is almost certain that cricket reached London, and thereby Middlesex, by the 16th century. Early references to the game in London or Middlesex are often interchangeable and sometimes it is not clear if a particular team represents the city or the county.
The first definite mention of cricket in London or Middlesex dates from 1680. It is a clear reference to "the two umpires" (the earliest mention of an umpire in what seems to be a cricket connection) and strongly suggests that the double wicket form of the game was already well known in London.
The earliest known match in Middlesex took place at Lamb's Conduit Fields in Holborn on 3 July 1707 involving teams from London and Croydon. In 1718, the first reference is found to White Conduit Fields in Islington, which later became a very famous London venue.
The earliest known reference to a team called Middlesex is on 5 August 1728 when it played London Cricket Club "in the fields behind the Woolpack, in Islington, near Sadlers Wells, for £50 a side". This was also the earliest known first-class match involving a Middlesex team.
For information about Middlesex county teams before the formation of Middlesex CCC, see: Middlesex county cricket teams
Origin of clubEdit
There are references to earlier county organisations, especially the MCC Thursday Club around 1800, but the definitive Middlesex club is the present Middlesex CCC. The club was informally founded on 15 December 1863 at a meeting in the London Tavern. Formal constitution took place on 2 February 1864. The creation of the club was largely through the efforts of the Walker family of Southgate, which included several notable players including the famous V. E. Walker, who in 1859 became the first player to take 10 wickets in an innings and score a century in the same match.
Middlesex CCC played its initial first-class match versus Sussex CCC at Islington on 6 & 7 June 1864. In the same season, the club was a contender for the title of "Champion County". Middlesex played at Lillie Bridge Grounds from 1869 before leaving in 1872 due to the poor quality of the turf. The club nearly folded at this time, a vote for continuing being won 7–6. They played at Prince's Cricket Ground from 1872 to 1876, and began using Lord's Cricket Ground in 1877.
Bill Edrich scored 1,000 runs before the end of May in 1938. He needed just 15 innings, with 4 centuries, and every run was scored at Lord's. Don Bradman gave him the chance to score the 10 runs he needed in the Australian tour match with Middlesex by declaring his team's innings early.
Middlesex won the County Championship in 1947 thanks to the unprecedented run scoring of Compton and Edrich. They both passed Tom Hayward's 1906 record of 3,518 runs in a season with Compton making 3,816 at 90.86 and Edrich 3,539 at 80.43 with a dozen centuries. Compton's 18 centuries surpassed Jack Hobbs' former record of 16, set in 1925. Together with Jack Robertson's 2,214 runs and Syd Brown's 1,709 and the bowling of Jack Young, Jim Sims, Laurie Gray and Compton and Edrich themselves, the championship was won. The following season Compton and Edrich made their record unbeaten stand of 424 for the 3rd wicket against Somerset at Lords.
Middlesex's most successful period coincided with the captaincies of Mike Brearley and Mike Gatting from 1971 to 1997. Brearley proved as astute for his county as he did for his country between 1971 and 1982. His team included Gatting and England spin bowlers John Emburey and Phil Edmonds, and overseas fast bowlers such as Wayne Daniel.
In 2007 Middlesex had mixed fortunes in Domestic Cricket. In the 4-Day version of the game, the club finished 3rd of the nine teams in Division 2 of the Liverpool Victoria County Championship, narrowly missing out on promotion. However, 3rd place in Division 2 of the NatWest Pro 40 League was enough to earn them a place in the play-off final against Northamptonshire Steelbacks. Middlesex won that game comfortably and therefore gained promotion to Division 1 for the 2008 Season. There was less success in the two knockout cups where Middlesex failed to progress beyond the group stages of either tournament. In the Friends Provident Trophy they finished 7th of the ten teams in the Southern Division. Likewise in the Twenty20 Cup, 5th place of the six teams in the Southern Division was not good enough to see them progress.
In 2008, Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup by beating Kent in the final at The Rose Bowl. As well as being the club's first major trophy for 15 seasons, the final was also memorable for Middlesex's record breaking 187/6 (the highest ever Twenty20 Cup Finals Day score) with Kent's retort of 184/5 (being second on the all-time list) and ensured that the Cup was decided on the last ball of the match. The victory is also made historic as Middlesex became the first County Cricket Club to gain entry to both the Twenty20 Champions League and the Stanford Super Series.
However 2008 also saw Middlesex suffer relegation in the Pro40 Division One (finishing in last place). And in a copy of their final standings from the previous season, Middlesex both failed to make it past the group stage in the Friends Provident Trophy and finished in 3rd place in the County Championship Division Two, again missing out on promotion by just one position.
It was announced in February 2009 that Middlesex changed their limited overs name from the Middlesex Crusaders, to the Middlesex Panthers, following complaints made by Muslim and Jewish communities. On 24 October 2014, the club announced that the limited overs name will revert to Middlesex County Cricket Club (Middlesex CCC), with immediate effect.
2011 saw a dramatic improvement in form for Middlesex, as they won the LV= County Championship Division Two for the first time in their history, sealing promotion to Division One for the 2012 season. They narrowly missed out on a place in the CB40 semi-finals, after coming joint top of their group with the Sussex Sharks, missing out only via net run-rate.
In 2016, Middlesex were unbeaten in the County Championship and secured the title on the final day of the season when they defeated one of their main challengers Yorkshire in the title decider at Lord's. A defeat for Middlesex in that match would have meant the title going to Yorkshire and a draw would have meant it going to Somerset.
The following season, 2017, Middlesex finished in the bottom two of the County Championship and were subsequently relegated down to the second Division. In seasons 2018 and 2019 they failed to gain enough points to secure promotion back up to Division one and will play in division two in 2020.
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||First-Class Shirt Sponsor||One-Day Shirt Sponsor||T20 Shirt Sponsor|
|2003||Crusader Sport||Northern Rock|
|2019||Brooks Macdonald||JMAN Group||Kingspan|
|2020||Perfect Smile||Knight Frank|
- Highest total for – 642–3 declared v. Hampshire, Southampton, 1923
- Highest total against – 850–7 declared by Somerset, Taunton, 2007
- Lowest total for – 20 v. MCC, Lord's, 1864
- Lowest total against – 31 by Gloucestershire, Bristol, 1924
- Highest score – 331 J. D. B. Robertson v. Worcestershire, Worcester, 1949
- Highest score against – 341 C. M. Spearman for Gloucestershire, Gloucester, 2004
- Most runs in season – 2,669 E. H. Hendren, 1923
Most runs for Middlesex
Qualification – 20,000 runs
|Patsy Hendren||40,302 (1907–1937)|
|Mike Gatting||28,411 (1975–1998)|
|Jack Hearne||27,612 (1909–1936)|
|Jack Robertson||27,088 (1937–1959)|
|Bill Edrich||25,738 (1937–1959)|
|Clive Radley||24,147 (1964–1987)|
|Eric Russell||23,103 (1956–1972)|
|Denis Compton||21,781 (1936–1958)|
|Peter Parfitt||21,302 (1956–1972)|
- Best bowling – 10–40 G. O. B. Allen v. Lancashire, Lord's, 1929
- Best bowling against – 9–38 R. C. Robertson-Glasgow for Somerset, Lord's, 1924
- Best match bowling
- 16–114 G. Burton v. Yorkshire, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, 1888
- 16–114 J. T. Hearne v. Lancashire, Old Trafford, Manchester, 1898
- Best match bowling against – 16–100 J. E. B. B. P. Q. C. Dwyer for Sussex, Hove, 1906
- Wickets in season – 158 F. J. Titmus, 1955
Most wickets for Middlesex
Qualification – 1,000 wickets
|Fred Titmus||2,361 (1949–1982)|
|J. T. Hearne||2,093 (1888–1923)|
|J. W. Hearne||1,438 (1909–1936)|
|Jim Sims||1,257 (1929–1952)|
|John Emburey||1,250 (1973–1995)|
|Jack Young||1,182 (1933–1956)|
|Jack Durston||1,178 (1919–1933)|
|Alan Moss||1,088 (1950–1963)|
|Frank Tarrant||1,005 (1904–1914)|
Most dismissals for Middlesex
Qualification – 500 dismissals 
|John Murray||1,223 (1,023 catches & 200 stumpings) (1952–1975)|
|Fred Price||940 (629 catches & 311 stumpings) (1926–1947)|
|Joe Murrell||765 (502 catches & 263 stumpings) (1906–1926)|
|Leslie Compton||566 (437 catches & 129 stumpings) (1938–1956)|
|Paul Downton||547 (484 catches & 63 stumpings) (1980–1991)|
|John Simpson||506 (484 catches & 24 stumpings) (2009-2020)|
Best partnership for each wicketEdit
|1st wicket||372||Mike Gatting & Justin Langer||v. Essex||Southgate||1998|
|2nd wicket||380||Frank Tarrant & Jack Hearne||v. Lancashire||Lord's||1914|
|3rd wicket||424*||Bill Edrich & Denis Compton||v. Somerset||Lord's||1948|
|4th wicket||325||Jack Hearne & Patsy Hendren||v. Hampshire||Lord's||1919|
|5th wicket||338||Robert Lucas & Tim O'Brien||v. Sussex||Hove||1895|
|6th wicket||270||John Carr & Paul Weekes||v. Gloucestershire||Lord's||1994|
|7th wicket||271*||Patsy Hendren & Frank Mann||v. Nottinghamshire||Nottingham||1925|
|8th wicket||182*||Mordaunt Doll & Joe Murrell||v. Nottinghamshire||Lord's||1913|
|9th wicket||172||Gareth Berg & Tim Murtagh||v. Leicestershire||Leicester||2011|
|10th wicket||230||Richard Nicholls & Mickey Roche||v. Kent||Lord's||1899|
|Source: Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Middlesex CricketArchive.com; Last updated: 23 October 2015|
* – Indicates that the partnership was unbroken
- Highest total for – 380–5 (50 overs) v. Kent, Canterbury, 2019
- Highest total against – 367–6 (50 overs) by Sussex, Hove, 2015
- Lowest total for – 23 (32 overs) v. Yorkshire, Leeds, 1974
- Lowest total against – 41 (19.4 overs) by Northamptonshire, Northampton, 1972
- Highest score – 166 M. D. E. Holden v. Kent, Canterbury, 2019
- Highest score against – 163 C. J. Adams for Sussex, Arundel, 1999
- Best bowling for – 7–12 W. W. Daniel v. Minor Counties East, Ipswich, 1978
- Best bowling against – 6–28 A. W. Greig for Sussex, Hove, 1971
Best partnership for each wicketEdit
- 1st – 210* Paul Weekes & Ed Smith v. Northumberland, Jesmond, 2005
- 2nd – 268 Dawid Malan & Nick Gubbins v. Sussex, Hove, 2015
- 3rd – 165 Mark Ramprakash & John Carr v. Nottinghamshire, Lord's, 1993
- 4th – 220 Ed Joyce & Jamie Dalrymple v. Glamorgan, Lord's, 2004
- 5th – 147 Mark Ramprakash & John Carr v. Leicestershire, Leicester, 1992
- 6th – 142* Ben Hutton & Nick Compton v. Lancashire, Shenley, 2002
- 7th – 132 Keith Brown & N. F. Williams v. Somerset, Lord's, 1988
- 8th – 112 David Nash & A. A. Noffke v. Sussex, Lord's, 2002
- 9th – 73 David Nash & Angus Fraser v. Northamptonshire, Lord's, 1999
- 10th – 57* Eoin Morgan & Mohammad Ali v. Somerset, Bath, 2006
* Denotes not out/unbroken partnership
- Edward Walker 1864–1872
- Isaac Walker 1873–1884
- Alexander Webbe 1885–1897
- Alexander Webbe and
Andrew Stoddart 1898
- Gregor MacGregor 1899–1907
- Plum Warner 1908–1920
- Frank Mann 1921–1928
- Nigel Haig 1929–1932
- Tom Enthoven and
Nigel Haig 1933–1934
- Walter Robins
1935–1938, 1946–1947, 1950
- Ian Peebles 1939
- George Mann 1948–1949
- Denis Compton and
Bill Edrich 1951–1952
- Bill Edrich 1953–1957
- John Warr 1958–1960
- Ian Bedford 1961–1962
- Colin Drybrough 1963–1964
- Fred Titmus 1965–1968
- Peter Parfitt 1968–1970
- Mike Brearley 1971–1982
- Mike Gatting 1983–1997
- Mark Ramprakash 1997–1999
- Justin Langer 2000
- Angus Fraser 2001–2002
- Andrew Strauss 2002–2004
- Ben Hutton 2005–2006
- Ed Smith 2007–2008
- Shaun Udal 2009–2010
- Neil Dexter 2010–2013
- Chris Rogers 2014
- Adam Voges 2015–2016
- James Franklin 2017
- Dawid Malan 2018-2019
- Stephen Eskinazi 2020 to date
The Middlesex squad for the 2021 season consists of:
- No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
- denotes players with international caps.
- county cap. denotes a player who has been awarded a
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|4||Max Holden||England||18 December 1997||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|12||Sam Robson*||England||1 July 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|16||Eoin Morgan*||England[a]||10 September 1986||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||T20 captain; |
England white-ball contract;
England ODI & T20I captain
|18||Nick Gubbins*||England||31 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|28||Stephen Eskinazi*||England||28 March 1994||Right-handed||—|
|29||Peter Handscomb||Australia||26 April 1991||Right-handed||—||FC & List A captain |
|43||Dan Lincoln||England||26 May 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|48||Joe Cracknell||England||16 March 2000||Right-handed||—|
|99||Josh de Caires||England||25 April 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|5||James Harris*||Wales||16 May 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|24||Martin Andersson||England||8 September 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|56||Luke Hollman||England||16 September 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|14||Robbie White||England||15 September 1995||Right-handed||—|
|20||John Simpson*||England||13 July 1988||Left-handed||—|
|23||Jack Davies||England||30 March 2000||Left-handed||—|
|7||Tom Helm*||England||7 May 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|9||Steven Finn*||England||4 April 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||T20 vice-captain|
|19||Blake Cullen||England||31 March 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|21||Toby Roland-Jones*||England||29 January 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||FC & LA vice-captain|
|32||Thilan Walallawita||England||23 June 1998||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|34||Tim Murtagh*||Ireland||2 August 1981||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|41||Miguel Cummins||West Indies||5 September 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Kolpak registration|
|54||Ethan Bamber||England||17 December 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|72||Nathan Sowter||Australia||12 October 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||UK passport|
- Morgan has also played international cricket for Ireland.
- George Byng, the 3rd Earl
of Strafford 1866–1898
- Edward Walker 1899–1906
- Russell Walker 1907–1922
- Alexander Webbe 1923–1936
- Plum Warner 1937–1946
- Frank Mann 1947–1949
- Dick Twining 1950–1957
- Gerry Crutchley 1958–1962
- George Newman 1963–1976
- Gubby Allen 1977–1979
- Tagge Webster 1980–1982
- George Mann 1983–1990
- Denis Compton 1991–1997
- Mike Murray 1997–1999
- Ron Gerard 1999–2001
- Bob Gale 2001–2003
- Alan Moss 2003–2005
- Charles Robins 2005–2007
- Don Bennett 2007–2009
- Peter Parfitt 2009–2011
- Geoff Norris 2011–2013
- Clive Radley 2013–2015
- Harry Latchman 2015–2017
- John Emburey 2017–2019
- Mike Selvey 2019 to date
Board of DirectorsEdit
- Chairman: Mike O'Farrell
- Treasurer: David Kendix
- Chief Executive: Richard Goatley
- Managing Director: Angus Fraser
Managing directors of cricketEdit
- Angus Fraser 2009 to date
- ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
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- http://www.middlesexccc.com/articles/2014-10-24/middlesex-county-cricket-club-renames-its-one-day-side] Archived 24 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- An unofficial seasonal title sometimes proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted. Although there are ante-dated claims prior to 1873, when residence qualifications were introduced, it is only since that ruling that any quasi-official status can be ascribed.
- Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006).
- Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998).
- G. B. Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935.
- H. T. Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906.
- "Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825". 10 October 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- Most Runs for Middlesex Cricket Archive
- Most Wickets for Middlesex Cricket Archive
- The Middlesex Cricket Archive Cricket Archive
- Middlesex CCC Players Archived 5 August 2012[Date mismatch] at the Wayback Machine
- Harry Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
- Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
- Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions