Middlesex County Cricket Club

Middlesex County Cricket Club
Middlesex County Cricket Club
One-day name: Middlesex Panthers
Coach: England Richard Scott
Captain: England Neil Dexter
Overseas player(s): Australia Chris Rogers
Founded: 1864
Home ground: Lord's
Capacity: 30,000
First-class debut: Sussex
in 1864
at Islington
Championship wins: 10 (plus 2 shared)
Championship Division Two wins: 1
Pro40 wins: 1
FP Trophy wins: 4
Official website: MiddlesexCCC

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. 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.[1] 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. To go along with their re-branding, Middlesex also introduced a new main sponsor for the 2009 season.

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 county at the Walker Ground in Southgate which hosts the annual Middlesex County Cricket Festival, Uxbridge CC in Uxbridge and The Old Deer Park in Richmond (home of Richmond CC).

Middlesex CCC has an indoor school based in Finchley and the Middlesex Academy officially opened in October 2003 to provide specialist coaching to the 12 best county prospects. A project was introduced at Radlett Cricket Club in 2010 to offer the cricketers increased training facilities.

Currently Richard Scott is the Head Coach, Neil Dexter County Captain and Angus Fraser is Managing Director of Cricket. Vinny Codrington is Chief Executive and Secretary of Middlesex CCC.

In 2008, Middlesex became the Twenty20 Cup Champions and therefore also historically became the first County Cricket Club to qualify for both the Stanford Super Series and the Twenty20 Champions League.

Ignis asset management [2] is the principal club sponsor in a three-year deal with Middlesex County Cricket Club.



  • 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; shared (0)
  • Second XI Trophy (1) - 2007
  • Minor Counties Championship (1) - 1935; shared (0)


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 1000 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.



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 - 2669 EH Hendren in 1923

Most runs for Middlesex
Qualification - 20,000 runs [9]

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 Sheffield 1888
  • 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 [10]

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 [11]

Wicketkeeper Dismissals
John Murray 1,224 (1,024 catches & 200 stumpings) (1952–1975)
Fred Price 940 (629 catches & 311 stumpings) (1926–1947)
Joe Murrell 779 (516 catches & 263 stumpings) (1906–1926)
Leslie Compton 596 (467 catches & 129 stumpings) (1938–1956)
Paul Downton 547 (484 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 160* Patsy Hendren & Jack Durston v Essex Leyton 1927
10th wicket 230 Richard Nicholls & William Roche v Kent Lord's 1899
Source: Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Middlesex CricketArchive.com; Last updated: 17 July 2007

* - 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 - 353-8 (45 Overs) by Hampshire at Lord's 2005
  • 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* PN Weekes & ET Smith v Northumberland at Jesmond 2005
  • 2nd - 223 MJ Smith & CT Radley v Hampshire at Lord's 1977
  • 3rd - 165 MR Ramprakash & JD Carr v Nottinghamshire at Lord's 1993
  • 4th - 220 EC Joyce & JWM Dalrymple v Glamorgan at Lord's 2004
  • 5th - 147 MR Ramprakash & JD Carr v Leicestershire at Leicester 1992
  • 6th - 142* BL Hutton & NRD Compton v Lancashire at Shenley 2002
  • 7th - 132 KR Brown & NF Williams v Somerset at Lord's 1988
  • 8th - 112 DC Nash & AA Noffke v Sussex at Lord's 2002
  • 9th - 73 DC Nash & ARC Fraser v Northamptonshire at Lord's 1999
  • 10th - 57* EJG Morgan & Mohammad Ali v Somerset at Bath 2006

* Denotes not out/unbroken partnership

Current squad

The Middlesex squad for the 2012 season consists of (players with international caps are listed in bold):

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
  •   *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name National team Date of Birth Batting
4 Neil Dexter  England 21 August 1984 (1984-08-21) (age 27) LHB RMF County captain
Joe Denly  England 16 March 1986 (1986-03-16) (age 25) RHB LB
19 Adam London  England 12 October 1988 (1988-10-12) (age 23) LHB OB
29 Dawid Malan  England 3 September 1987 (1987-09-03) (age 24) LHB LB
77 Scott Newman  England 3 November 1979 (1979-11-03) (age 32) LHB RMF
12 Sam Robson  England 1 July 1989 (1989-07-01) (age 22) RHB
1 Chris Rogersdouble-dagger  Australia 31 August 1977 (1977-08-31) (age 34) LHB LBG Former Australia Test player
39 Paul Stirling  double-dagger  Ireland 3 September 1990 (1990-09-03) (age 21) RHB OB Ireland ODI and Twenty20 player
6 Andrew Straussdouble-dagger  England 2 March 1977 (1977-03-02) (age 34) LHB LM England Test and former ODI player.
Current Test captain.
8 Gareth Berg  England 18 January 1981 (1981-01-18) (age 30) RHB RMF
8 Steven Crook  England 28 May 1983 (1983-05-28) (age 28) RHB RFM
24 Josh Davey  double-dagger  Scotland 3 August 1990 (1990-08-03) (age 21) RHB RM Scotland ODI player.
Andrew Balbirnie  double-dagger  Ireland 28 December 1990 (1990-12-28) (age 20) RHB Ireland ODI wicketkeeper
Stewart Poynter  double-dagger  Ireland 18 October 1990 (1990-10-18) (age 21) RHB Ireland ODI wicketkeeper
Adam Rossington  England 5 May 1993 (1993-05-05) (age 18) RHB England Under-19 wicketkeeper
20 John Simpson *  England 13 July 1988 (1988-07-13) (age 23) LHB
32 Corey Collymoredouble-dagger  Barbados 29 December 1977 (1977-12-29) (age 33) RHB RFM Kolpak player & former West Indies
Test and ODI bowler
9 Steven Finndouble-dagger  England 4 April 1989 (1989-04-04) (age 22) RHB RFM England Test player
Tom Hampton  England 5 October 1990 (1990-10-05) (age 21) RHB RFM
88 Anthony Ireland  double-dagger  England 30 August 1984 (1984-08-30) (age 27) RHB RFM Former Zimbabwe ODI and
Twenty20 bowler. UK Passport
34 Tim Murtagh  England 2 August 1981 (1981-08-02) (age 30) RHB RFM
16 Tom Parsons  England 2 May 1987 (1987-05-02) (age 24) RHB RFM
Ravi Patel  England 4 August 1991 (1991-08-04) (age 20) RHB SLA
Ollie Rayner  England 1 November 1985 (1985-11-01) (age 26) RHB OB
21 Toby Roland-Jones  England 29 January 1988 (1988-01-29) (age 23) RHB RMF
Gurjit Sandhu  England 24 March 1992 (1992-03-24) (age 19) RHB LMF
11 Tom Smith  England 3 September 1987 (1987-09-03) (age 24) RHB SLA
21 Robbie Williams  England 19 January 1987 (1987-01-19) (age 24) RHB RMF

Source: Middlesex CCC Players


Club presidents

Club chairmen

Club captains

Club coaches

Club scorers

Club secretaries

Managing Directors of Cricket

Executive Board

See also



  1. ^ "Middlesex Crusaders cricket team changes name after complaints from Muslims and Jews", The Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2009.
  2. ^ Corporate Homepage Ignis Asset Management
  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. ^ Most Runs for Middlesex Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Most Wickets for Middlesex Cricket Archive
  11. ^ The Middlesex Cricket Archive Cricket Archive


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  • Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
  • Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanac – various editions

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