- Middlesex County Cricket Club
Middlesex County Cricket Club One-day name: Middlesex Panthers Coach: Richard Scott Captain: Neil Dexter Overseas player(s): 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. 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.
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  is the principal club sponsor in a three-year deal with Middlesex County Cricket Club.
- 1 Honours
- 2 History
- 3 Records
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Staff
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- Champion County (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
- 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)
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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
- 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 
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)
- 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 
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)
Most dismissals for Middlesex
Qualification - 500 dismissals 
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
- 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
- Highest Score - 163 AJ Strauss v Surrey at The Oval 2008
- Highest Score Against - 163 CJ Adams for Sussex at Arundel 1999
- 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
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.
- denotes players with international caps.
- county cap. denotes a player who has been awarded a
No. Name National team Date of Birth Batting
Notes Batsmen 4 Neil Dexter * England 21 August 1984 LHB RMF County captain Joe Denly England 16 March 1986 RHB LB 19 Adam London England 12 October 1988 LHB OB 29 Dawid Malan * England 3 September 1987 LHB LB 77 Scott Newman * England 3 November 1979 LHB RMF 12 Sam Robson England 1 July 1989 RHB 1 Chris Rogers * Australia 31 August 1977 LHB LBG Former Australia Test player 39 Paul Stirling Ireland 3 September 1990 RHB OB Ireland ODI and Twenty20 player 6 Andrew Strauss * England 2 March 1977 LHB LM England Test and former ODI player.
Current Test captain.
All-rounders 8 Gareth Berg * England 18 January 1981 RHB RMF 8 Steven Crook England 28 May 1983 RHB RFM 24 Josh Davey Scotland 3 August 1990 RHB RM Scotland ODI player. Wicket-keepers Andrew Balbirnie Ireland 28 December 1990 RHB — Ireland ODI wicketkeeper Stewart Poynter Ireland 18 October 1990 RHB — Ireland ODI wicketkeeper Adam Rossington England 5 May 1993 RHB — England Under-19 wicketkeeper 20 John Simpson * England 13 July 1988 LHB — Bowlers 32 Corey Collymore * Barbados 29 December 1977 RHB RFM Kolpak player & former West Indies
Test and ODI bowler
9 Steven Finn * England 4 April 1989 RHB RFM England Test player Tom Hampton England 5 October 1990 RHB RFM 88 Anthony Ireland England 30 August 1984 RHB RFM Former Zimbabwe ODI and
Twenty20 bowler. UK Passport
34 Tim Murtagh * England 2 August 1981 RHB RFM 16 Tom Parsons England 2 May 1987 RHB RFM Ravi Patel England 4 August 1991 RHB SLA Ollie Rayner England 1 November 1985 RHB OB 21 Toby Roland-Jones England 29 January 1988 RHB RMF Gurjit Sandhu England 24 March 1992 RHB LMF 11 Tom Smith England 3 September 1987 RHB SLA 21 Robbie Williams England 19 January 1987 RHB RMF
Source: Middlesex CCC Players
- 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 to date
- 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 to date
- 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
- Adam Gilchrist 2010 (Twenty20 only)
- Neil Dexter 2010 to date
- 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
- 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
- Percy Thornton
- Alexander Webbe 1900–1922
- Sir Pelham Warner
- Walter Robins
- George Mann 1951–1965
- Arthur Flower 1964–1980
- Alan Burridge 1981
- Alan Wright 1981–1983
- Tim Lamb 1984–1987
- Peter Packham 1988–1989
- Joe Hardstaff 1989–1997
- Vinny Codrington 1997 to date
Managing Directors of Cricket
- Angus Fraser 2009 to date
- Chairman Ian Lovett
- Chief Executive Vinny Codrington
- Treasurer Mike O'Farrell
- Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser
- Middlesex Cricket Board Chairman Bob Baxter
- Board Member Paul Downton 2010-2013
- Board Member Chris Goldie 2011-2014
- Board Member Ben Hutton 2011-2012
- Board Member David Kendix 2011-2014
- Board Member Chris Lowe 2010-2013
- Board Member Alan Moss 2010-2012
- Middlesex First-class Cricketers
- Middlesex List A Limited-overs Cricketers
- Middlesex Twenty 20 Cricketers
- The Hearne Family
- Marylebone Cricket Club
- Middlesex Cricket Board
- The Seaxe Club
- The Walkers of Southgate
- Uxbridge Cricket Club
- ^ "Middlesex Crusaders cricket team changes name after complaints from Muslims and Jews", The Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2009.
- ^ Corporate Homepage Ignis Asset Management
- ^ 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).
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- ^ a b H. T. Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906.
- ^ Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825
- ^ Most Runs for Middlesex Cricket Archive
- ^ Most Wickets for Middlesex Cricket Archive
- ^ The Middlesex Cricket Archive Cricket Archive
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- Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
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- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers Almanac – various editions
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