Hampshire v Middlesex Day 4, County Championship, The Rose Bowl Southampton

In my infinite wisdom I decided it would be a good idea to get up at the crack of dawn and drive to Southampton to watch the final day of Hampshire v Middlesex. It wasn’t a totally stupid idea, Middlesex had a good day in the middle yesterday with a century from Malan and a win looked feasible. A draw was what beckoned however, but it was a lovely hot day. The first day so far this season where I haven’t frozen over…
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Middlesex v Warwickshire Day 4, County Championship, Lord’s


Back to Lord’s for what turned out to be a drawn match, but with some record breaking knocks from each side. Sam Robson scored another century and now has the most runs in one first class match by a Middlesex player. Adam Voges also made a neat 92 runs before being caught off the bowling of Tim Ambrose. That’s the Warwickshire wicket keeper. Each one of the Warwickshire XI bowled in Middlesex’s second innings. It got real weird.
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Middlesex v Warwickshire Day 1, County Championship, Lord’s

It’s the new season! Back at Lord’s for the first home game of the season, Warwickshire and the new toss rules. Warwickshire decided to bowl first and sent Middlesex in, and there they remained all day. A magnificent century from Sam Robson and a 180 run partnership between him and Nick Gubbins got Middlesex off to the perfect start. Will probably be returning on Day 4. Wonderful day. I’m glad to be back.

 

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Gallery: LVCC Middlesex v Warwickshire, Lord’s, Day 4

With beautiful weather and an interesting match poised on the final day, I decided to head down to Lord’s again for the Middlesex v Warwickshire four day game. Gorgeous sunshine, however a strong breeze proved it necessary to wear two hoodies to stay warm. It’s June, who’d have thunk it?
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Gallery: LVCC Middlesex v Warwickshire, Day 1, Lord’s

We’re back to red ball cricket for the penultimate home match of the season for Middlesex. Opponets Warwickshire were put in to bat by Middlesex winning the toss, and a day of cricket in the sunshine lay ahead. Enjoyable day, including the unexpected appearance of the London Air Ambulance helicopter on the Nursery Ground during tea.

Middlesex are at home to Durham next week, followed by away trips to Somerset and Manchester before the end of the season in a months time. Where has the time gone?
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Gallery: Women’s t20 Finals Day – RAF Vine Lane, Uxbridge

Today, a cricket event I heard about through Twitter.

I am ashamed to say I didn’t know the first thing about the women’s county set up in England. I follow the fortunes of the England Ladies closely and love watching them play, but the county system was totally new to me. I saw the Women’s t20 Finals Day being advertised through the Middlesex Women’s Twitter account, and decided to head along to RAF Vine Lane in Uxbridge to see what it was all about.

What a fantastic day. Excellent cricket and gorgeous sunshine. With England internationals and top quality cricket on display it was a shame there weren’t more spectators, but the crowd that were there enjoyed the day. Notts Ladies won the tournament, followed by Middlesex and Kent. On the strength of today, I’d love to watch more of the domestic women’s game in the future. Thoroughly enjoyable.

NB: All photos belong to me, but if any of the girls playing would like copies of the photos, please feel free to email me and we’ll sort something out.

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Gallery: Royal London One-Day Cup – Middlesex v Warwickshire, Lord’s

Back to Lord’s for the first home match of the new 50 over domestic game. The sun was shining and the cricket was tense, thrilling and ultimately disappointing for the home fans. However the highlight of this match, for me, was seeing Jonathan Trott return to Lord’s and return to form after a difficult winter. I for one have missed the scratching of the crease and weird and wonderful facial expressions he pulls while out in the field. It’s good to see him back again.
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