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Middlesex County Cricket Club

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Home ground:  Lord's
Chief executive:  Richard Goatley
Coach  Richard Scott
Location  Middlesex, United Kingdom
Capacity:  30,000
Ground  Lord's
Captain  Neil Dexter
Founded  1864
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One-day captain:  List A captain:James FranklinT20 captain:Dawid Malan
Overseas player(s):  Brendon McCullumAdam Voges
Colours:  List A: Harlequin shirts and Blue trousersT20: Pink shirts and Blue trousers
League  County Championship Division One
Nicknames  Middlesex CCC, Middlesex Panthers

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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. Middlesex teams formed by earlier organisations since the early 18th century always had senior status and so the county club is rated accordingly from inception: i.e., classified by substantial sources as holding important match status from 1864 to 1894; classified as an official first-class team from 1895 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the County Championship clubs; classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963; and classified as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003.


Middlesex County Cricket Club Middlesex CCC at Lord39s since 1877

The club plays most of its home games at Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood, which is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club. The club also plays some games around the historic county at the Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground and the Old Deer Park in Richmond (historically Surrey). Until October 2014, the club played limited overs cricket as the Middlesex Panthers, changed from Middlesex Crusaders in 2009 following complaints. However, 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.

Middlesex have won thirteen County Championships (including 2 shared titles), 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.

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Middlesex CCC has an indoor school based in Finchley, the Middlesex Academy and a project at Radlett Cricket Club.

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  • Champion County (0) – ; shared (1) – 1878
  • County Championship (11) – 1903, 1920, 1921, 1947, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 2016; Shared (2) – 1949, 1977
  • Division Two (1) – 2011
  • FP Trophy (4) – 1977, 1980, 1984, 1988
  • National League (1) – 1992
  • Division Two (1) – 2004
  • Twenty20 Cup (1) - 2008
  • Benson & Hedges Cup (2) – 1983, 1986
  • Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (5) – 1974, 1989, 1993, 1999, 2000; shared (1) – 2013
  • Second XI Trophy (1) – 2007
  • Second XI T20 (2) – 2015, 2016
  • Minor Counties Championship (1) – 1935
  • Earliest cricket

    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.

    See: History of cricket to 1696 and History of cricket 1697 - 1725

    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 club

    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.

    Early history

    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.

    20th century

    The Club has produced several noted players, particularly the great batsmen Patsy Hendren, Bill Edrich and Denis Compton.

    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 3518 runs in a season with Compton making 3816 at 90.86 and Edrich 3539 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 2214 runs and Syd Brown's 1709 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.

    Recent history

    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.

    Team records

  • Highest Total For – 642–3 declared v Hampshire at Southampton 1923
  • Highest Total Against – 850–7 declared by Somerset at Taunton 2007
  • Lowest Total For – 20 v MCC at Lord's 1864
  • Lowest Total Against – 31 by Gloucestershire at Bristol 1924
  • Batting records

  • Highest Score – 331 JDB Robertson v Worcestershire at Worcester 1949
  • Highest Score Against – 341 CM Spearman for Gloucestershire at Gloucester 2004
  • Most Runs in Season – 2,669 EH Hendren in 1923
  • Most runs for Middlesex
    Qualification – 20,000 runs

    Bowling records

  • Best Bowling – 10–40 GOB Allen v Lancashire at Lord's 1929
  • Best Bowling Against – 9–38 RC Robertson-Glasgow for Somerset at Lord's 1924
  • Best Match Bowling –
  • 16–114 G Burton v Yorkshire at Bramall Lane, Sheffield 1888
    16–114 JT Hearne v Lancashire at Old Trafford, Manchester 1898

  • Best Match Bowling Against – 16–100 JEBBPQC Dwyer for Sussex at Hove 1906
  • Wickets in Season – 158 FJ Titmus in 1955
  • Most wickets for Middlesex
    Qualification – 1,000 wickets

    Wicketkeeping records

    Most dismissals for Middlesex
    Qualification – 500 dismissals

    Best partnership for each wicket

    * – Indicates that the partnership was unbroken

    Team records

  • Highest Total For – 337–5 (45 overs) v Somerset at Southgate 2003
  • Highest Total Against – 367–6 (50 Overs) by Sussex at Hove 2015
  • Lowest Total For – 23 (32 overs) v Yorkshire at Leeds 1974
  • Lowest Total Against – 41 (19.4 overs) by Northamptonshire at Northampton 1972
  • Batting records

  • Highest Score – 163 AJ Strauss v Surrey at The Oval 2008
  • Highest Score Against – 163 CJ Adams for Sussex at Arundel 1999
  • Bowling records

  • Best Bowling For – 7–12 WW Daniel v Minor Counties East at Ipswich 1978
  • Best Bowling Against – 6–28 AW Greig for Sussex at Hove 1971
  • Best partnership for each wicket

  • 1st – 210* Paul Weekes & Ed Smith v Northumberland at Jesmond 2005
  • 2nd – 268 Dawid Malan & Nick Gubbins v Sussex at Hove 2015
  • 3rd – 165 Mark Ramprakash & John Carr v Nottinghamshire at Lord's 1993
  • 4th – 220 Ed Joyce & Jamie Dalrymple v Glamorgan at Lord's 2004
  • 5th – 147 Mark Ramprakash & John Carr v Leicestershire at Leicester 1992
  • 6th – 142* Ben Hutton & Nick Compton v Lancashire at Shenley 2002
  • 7th – 132 Keith Brown & NF Williams v Somerset at Lord's 1988
  • 8th – 112 David Nash & AA Noffke v Sussex at Lord's 2002
  • 9th – 73 David Nash & Angus Fraser v Northamptonshire at Lord's 1999
  • 10th – 57* Eoin Morgan & Mohammad Ali v Somerset at Bath 2006
  • * Denotes not out/unbroken partnership

    Current squad

    The Middlesex squad for the 2017 season consists of:

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
  • Source:

    Club presidents

  • George Byng, 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 to date
  • Club chairmen

  • George Mann 1975–1984
  • Mike Murray 1984–1993
  • Michael Sturt 1993
  • Charles Robins 1994–1996
  • Alan Moss 1996–1999
  • Phil Edmonds 1999–2007
  • Ian Lovett 2007-2016
  • Mike O'Farrell 2016 to date
  • Executive Board

  • Chairman Mike O'Farrell
  • Treasurer David Kendix
  • Chief Executive Richard Goatley
  • Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser
  • Chairman of Middlesex Cricket Board Bob Baxter
  • Elected Member Chris Goldie 2014-2017
  • Co-opted Member Richard Sykes 2016-2017
  • Elected Member Alvan Seth-Smith 2015–2018
  • Elected Member Andrew West 2015–2018
  • Elected Member Mike Gatting 2016-2019
  • Elected Member Chris Lowe 2016-2019
  • Co-opted Member Eddie Villiers 2016-2019
  • Source: Middlesex Executive Board Richard Sykes and Eddie Villiers co-opted to the Executive Board

    Club captains

  • 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
  • Tommy 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 to date
  • Club coaches

  • Jack Robertson 1960–1968
  • Don Bennett 1969–1997
  • John Buchanan 1998
  • Mike Gatting 1999–2000
  • John Emburey 2001–2006
  • Richard Pybus 2007
  • Toby Radford 2007–2009
  • Richard Scott 2009 to date
  • Club scorers

  • George Burton
  • Joe Murrell 1946–1952
  • Patsy Hendren 1952–1960
  • Archie Fowler 1960
  • Jim Alldis 1960–1962
  • Jim Sims 1963–1973
  • Harry Sharp 1973–1993
  • Mike Smith 1994–2004
  • Don Shelley 2005 to date
  • Club secretaries

  • Percy Thornton
  • Alexander Webbe 1900–1922
  • Sir Pelham Warner
  • Walter Robins 1935–1950
  • George Mann 1951–1965
  • Arthur Flower 1964–1980
  • Alan Burridge 1980–1981
  • Alan Wright 1982–1983
  • Tim Lamb 1984–1987
  • Peter Packham 1988–1989
  • Joe Hardstaff 1989–1997
  • Chief executives

  • Vinny Codrington 1997–2015
  • Richard Goatley 2015 to date
  • Managing directors of cricket

  • Angus Fraser 2009 to date
  • References

    Middlesex County Cricket Club Wikipedia