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Middlesex County Cricket Club

Middlesex County Cricket Club
One-day name: Middlesex County Cricket Club
James Franklin (Interim)
One-day captain:
Eoin Morgan
Richard Scott
Bowling coach:
Richard Johnson
Batting coach

Dave Houghton
Fielding coach:
Ryan Schurman

Ben Scott
Wicketkeeping coach

Jack Russell
Overseas player(s): TBC
Colours: List A: Harlequin shirts and Blue trousers
T20: Pink shirts and Blue trousers
Founded: 1864
Home ground: Lord's
Capacity: 30,000
Chief executive:
Richard Goatley
First-class debut: Sussex
in 1864
at Cattle Market Ground, Islington
Championship wins: (10) (plus 2 shared)
Sunday League wins: (1)
Benson & Hedges Cup (2) wins: (2)
Gillette/NatWest/Cheltenham & Gloucester/FP Trophy wins: (4)
Twenty20 Cup wins: (1)
Official website: Middlesex CCC

Middlesex County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Middlesex. 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).

Up until October 2014, the club played limited overs cricket as the Middlesex Panthers, changed from Middlesex Crusaders in 2009 following complaints.[1] 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.[2] 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 10 County Championships, two Benson & Hedges Cups, four one-day cricket titles and the Twenty20 Cup, through which they became the first County Cricket Club to qualify for both the Stanford Super Series and the Twenty20 Champions League.

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


  • Honours 1
    • Second XI honours 1.1
  • History 2
    • Earliest cricket 2.1
    • Origin of club 2.2
    • Early history 2.3
    • 20th century 2.4
    • Recent history 2.5
    • Mascot History 2.6
  • Records 3
    • First-class 3.1
      • Team records 3.1.1
      • Batting records 3.1.2
      • Bowling records 3.1.3
      • Wicketkeeping records 3.1.4
      • Best partnership for each wicket 3.1.5
    • List A 3.2
      • Team records 3.2.1
      • Batting records 3.2.2
      • Bowling records 3.2.3
      • Best partnership for each wicket 3.2.4
  • Current squad 4
  • Officers 5
    • Club presidents 5.1
    • Club chairmen 5.2
    • Middlesex Executive Board 5.3
  • Staff 6
    • Club captains 6.1
    • Club coaches 6.2
    • Club scorers 6.3
    • Club secretaries 6.4
    • Chief executives 6.5
    • Managing directors of cricket 6.6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
    • Notes 8.1
    • Bibliography 8.2
  • External links 9


  • Champion County[3] (0) – ; shared (1) – 1878
  • County Championship (10) – 1903, 1920, 1921, 1947, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993; shared (2) – 1949, 1977
Division Two (1) – 2011
  • FP Trophy[4] (4) – 1977, 1980, 1984, 1988
  • National League[5] (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
  • Second XI Trophy (1) - 2007
  • 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.[6]

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.[7] In 1718, the first reference is found to White Conduit Fields in Islington, which later became a very famous London venue.[6]

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".[7] This was also the earliest known first-class match involving a Middlesex team.[8]

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.[9] On 24 October 2014, the club announced that the limited overs name will revert to Middlesex County Cricket Club (Middlesex CCC), with immediate effect.[2]

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.

Mascot History

Middlesex introduced their first ever mascot, Pinky the Panther, to coincide with the start of the 2010 T20 season. With his sense of fun, dance moves, and banter with both players and the crowd, Pinky has become a firm favourite amongst Middlesex fans.

In 2010, Pinky entertained the crowd pre-match by doing a timed obstacle course, as well as assisting with the half-time entertainment of the Ignis Million Dollar Challenge.

In 2011, Pinky took over as the interval's main attraction, with novelty races against opposing mascots, or members of the public. Pinky retained a 100% winning record during the eight home group games of the competition, as well as memorably captaining North London to the London Derby title over South London at the Oval during the Panthers T20 game against the Surrey Lions. Widely tipped to do well in the end of season FLT20 mascot race, Pinky disappointed, with his feet falling off early, but still finished in a creditable 5th position.

While Middlesex's T20 form suffered in 2012, Pinky continued his run of form, again captaining North London to London Derby victory at the Oval, and being considered as one of the favourites for the Mascot Derby, held at the SWALEC Stadium. However, he was disqualified by David Lloyd for skipping an obstacle on the course, and was pipped to the finish by host mascot Dewi the Dragon.

Pinky has struggled to recover from the disappointment of 2012, and in latter years has failed to hit the dizzy heights of his breakthrough seasons. While Middlesex abandoned the 'Panthers' moniker from their T20 and List A sides, Pinky has remained a part of the T20 matchday, though in a reduced role.



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 [10]

Batsman 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)

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 [11]

Bowler Wickets
Fred Titmus 2,361 (1949–1982)
JT Hearne 2,093 (1888–1923)
JW 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)

Wicketkeeping records

Most dismissals for Middlesex
Qualification – 500 dismissals

Wicketkeeper 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 546 (483 catches & 63 stumpings) (1980–1991)

Best partnership for each wicket

Partnership Runs Players Opposition Venue Season
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; Last updated: 23 October 2015

* – Indicates that the partnership was unbroken

List A

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

  • 4th – 220 Ben Hutton & Nick Compton v Lancashire at Shenley 2002
  • 9th – 73 David Nash & Angus Fraser v Northamptonshire at Lord's 1999
  • 10th – 57* Mohammad Ali v Somerset at Bath 2006

* Denotes not out/unbroken partnership

Current squad

The Middlesex squad for the 2016 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.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
3 Nick Compton  England (1983-06-26) 26 June 1983 Right-handed Right arm off break
11 Ryan Higgins  England (1995-01-06) 6 January 1995 Right-handed Right arm off spin
12 Sam Robson  England (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 Right-handed Right arm leg break
16 Eoin Morgan*   England (1986-09-10) 10 September 1986 Left-handed Right arm medium Captain (List A and T20 cricket)
18 Nick Gubbins  England (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 Left-handed Right arm leg break
24 Max Holden  England (1997-12-18) 18 December 1997 Left-handed Right arm off break Summer contract
29 Dawid Malan*  England (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 Left-handed Right arm leg break
39 Paul Stirling   Ireland (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 Right-handed Right arm off break
2 Ollie Rayner  England (1985-11-01) 1 November 1985 Right-handed Right arm off break
15 Andrew Balbirnie   Ireland (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 Right-handed Right arm off break
17 George Scott  England (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 Right-handed Right-arm medium Summer contract
22 Cameron Steel  United States (1995-09-13) 13 September 1995 Right-handed Right arm leg break
74 James Franklin   New Zealand (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 Left-handed Left arm fast medium Interim Captain (First-Class cricket); Irish passport
14 Robbie White  England (1995-06-15) 15 June 1995 Right-handed Summer contract
20 John Simpson*  England (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 Left-handed
28 Stephen Eskinazi  England (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 Right-handed
5 James Harris*  England (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
7 Tom Helm  England (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
9 Steven Finn  England (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 Right-handed Right arm fast England central contract
21 Toby Roland-Jones*  England (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
23 Harry Podmore  England (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
34 Tim Murtagh  Ireland (1981-08-02) 2 August 1981 Left-handed Right arm fast-medium
36 Ravi Patel  England (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
72 Nathan Sowter  Australia (1992-10-12) 12 October 1992 Right-handed Right-arm leg break British Passport
James Fuller  New Zealand (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium UK Passport



Club presidents

Club chairmen

Middlesex Executive Board

  • Chairman Ian Lovett
  • Treasurer Mike O'Farrell
  • Chief Executive Richard Goatley
  • Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser
  • Chairman of Middlesex Cricket Board Bob Baxter
  • Elected Member Mike Gatting 2015-2016
  • Elected Member Chris Lowe 2013–2016
  • Elected Member Chris Goldie 2014-2017
  • Elected Member David Kendix 2014-2017
  • Elected Member Alvan Seth-Smith 2015–2018
  • Elected Member Andrew West 2015–2018



Club captains

Club coaches

Club scorers

Club secretaries

Chief executives

Managing directors of cricket

See also



  1. ^ Middlesex Crusaders cricket team changes name after complaints from Muslims and Jews
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006).
  5. ^ Formerly known as the Sunday League (1969–1998).
  6. ^ a b G. B. Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935.
  7. ^ a b H. T. Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906.
  8. ^ Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825
  9. ^ "Middlesex Crusaders cricket team changes name after complaints from Muslims and Jews", The Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2009.
  10. ^ Most Runs for Middlesex Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Most Wickets for Middlesex Cricket Archive
  12. ^ The Middlesex Cricket Archive Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Middlesex CCC Players


External links

  • Middlesex County Cricket Club
  • Brooks Macdonald sign a three year sponsorship agreement with Middlesex
  • ESPN Cricinfo
  • Middlesex Cricket Archive
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