Middlesex County Cricket Club

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Middlesex County Cricket Club
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One Day nameMiddlesex
Captain Tim Murtagh (interim)
One Day captainTBA (LA)
Eoin Morgan (T20)
Coach Stuart Law
Chief executiveAndrew Cornish
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Home ground Lord's
First-class debut Sussex
in 1864
at  Cattle Market Ground, Islington
Championship  wins11 (plus 2 shared)
Sunday League wins1
Benson & Hedges Cup  wins2
One-Day Cup  wins4
Twenty20 Cup  wins1
Official website Middlesex CCC
4 July 2021
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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 which has effectively been subsumed within the ceremonial county of Greater London. The club was founded in 1864 but teams representing the county have played top-class cricket since the early 18th century and the club has always held first-class status. Middlesex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England. [1]


The club plays most of its home games at Lord's Cricket Ground, which is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club, in St John's Wood. The club also plays some games at the Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground (historically Middlesex) and the Old Deer Park in Richmond (historically Surrey). Until October 2014, the club played limited overs cricket as the Middlesex Panthers, having changed from Middlesex Crusaders in 2009 following complaints from Muslims and Jews. [2] 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. [3] 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. The club has an indoor school based in Finchley, the Middlesex Academy and a project at Radlett Cricket Club.

Middlesex have won thirteen County Championship titles (including 2 shared titles), the most recent in 2016. In limited overs cricket, they have won 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.


First XI honours

Division Two (1): 2011
Division Two (1): 2004

Second XI honours

Strong 1974 winning side included a batting line-up of international players in Roland Butcher, [7] Ian Gould, Phillipe-Henri Edmonds, John Emburey, Mike Gatting, Graham Barlow, and Larry Gomes.The club also won the Under 25 Warwick Pool Championship the same year.


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. [8]

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. [9] In 1718, the first reference is found to White Conduit Fields in Islington, which later became a very famous London venue. [8]

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". [9] This was also the earliest known 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 3,518 runs in a season with Compton making 3,816 at 90.86 and Edrich 3,539 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 2,214 runs and Syd Brown's 1,709 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. [2] On 24 October 2014, the club announced that the limited overs name will revert to Middlesex County Cricket Club (Middlesex CCC), with immediate effect. [3]

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.

In 2016, Middlesex were unbeaten in the County Championship and secured the title on the final day of the season when they defeated one of their main challengers Yorkshire in the title decider at Lord's. A defeat for Middlesex in that match would have meant the title going to Yorkshire and a draw would have meant it going to Somerset.

The following season, 2017, Middlesex finished in the bottom two of the County Championship and were subsequently relegated down to the second Division. In seasons 2018 and 2019 they failed to gain enough points to secure promotion back up to Division one and will play in division two in 2020.


YearKit ManufacturerFirst-Class Shirt SponsorOne-Day Shirt SponsorT20 Shirt Sponsor
2003Crusader Sport Northern Rock
2008MKK Sports
2012Brooks Macdonald
2017 Nike
2019Brooks MacdonaldJMAN Group Kingspan
2020Perfect Smile Knight Frank



Team records

  • Highest total for – 676–5 declared v. Sussex, Hove, 2021
  • Highest total against – 850–7 declared by Somerset, Taunton, 2007
  • Lowest total for – 20 v. MCC, Lord's, 1864
  • Lowest total against – 31 by Gloucestershire, Bristol, 1924

Batting records

  • Highest score – 331 J. D. B. Robertson v. Worcestershire, Worcester, 1949
  • Highest score against – 341 C. M. Spearman for Gloucestershire, Gloucester, 2004
  • Most runs in season – 2,669 E. H. Hendren, 1923

Most runs for Middlesex
Qualification – 20,000 runs [10]

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 G. O. B. Allen v. Lancashire, Lord's, 1929
  • Best bowling against – 9–38 R. C. Robertson-Glasgow for Somerset, Lord's, 1924
  • Best match bowling
    • 16–114 G. Burton v. Yorkshire, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, 1888
    • 16–114 J. T. Hearne v. Lancashire, Old Trafford, Manchester, 1898
  • Best match bowling against – 16–100 J. E. B. B. P. Q. C. Dwyer for Sussex, Hove, 1906
  • Wickets in season – 158 F. J. Titmus, 1955

Most wickets for Middlesex
Qualification – 1,000 wickets [11]

Fred Titmus 2,361 (1949–1982)
J. T. Hearne 2,093 (1888–1923)
J. W. 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)

Wicket-keeping records

Most dismissals for Middlesex
Qualification – 500 dismissals [12]

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 547 (484 catches & 63 stumpings) (1980–1991)
John Simpson 506 (484 catches & 24 stumpings) (2009-2020)

Best partnership for each wicket

Partnership Runs PlayersOppositionVenueSeason
1st wicket376 Sam Robson & Mark Stoneman v. Sussex Hove 2021
2nd wicket380 Frank Tarrant & Jack Hearne v. Lancashire Lord's 1914
3rd wicket424* Bill Edrich & Denis Compton v. Somerset Lord's 1948
4th wicket325 Jack Hearne & Patsy Hendren v. Hampshire Lord's 1919
5th wicket338 Robert Lucas & Tim O'Brien v. Sussex Hove 1895
6th wicket270 John Carr & Paul Weekes v. Gloucestershire Lord's 1994
7th wicket271* Patsy Hendren & Frank Mann v. Nottinghamshire Nottingham 1925
8th wicket182* Mordaunt Doll & Joe Murrell v. Nottinghamshire Lord's 1913
9th wicket172 Gareth Berg & Tim Murtagh v. Leicestershire Leicester 2011
10th wicket230 Richard Nicholls & Mickey Roche v. Kent Lord's 1899
Source: Highest Partnership for Each Wicket for Middlesex CricketArchive.com; Last updated: 23 October 2015

* – Indicates that the partnership was unbroken

List A

Team records

  • Highest total for – 380–5 (50 overs) v. Kent, Canterbury, 2019
  • Highest total against – 367–6 (50 overs) by Sussex, Hove, 2015
  • Lowest total for – 23 (32 overs) v. Yorkshire, Leeds, 1974
  • Lowest total against – 41 (19.4 overs) by Northamptonshire, Northampton, 1972

Batting records

  • Highest score – 166 M. D. E. Holden v. Kent, Canterbury, 2019
  • Highest score against – 163 C. J. Adams for Sussex, Arundel, 1999

Bowling records

  • Best bowling for – 7–12 W. W. Daniel v. Minor Counties East, Ipswich, 1978
  • Best bowling against – 6–28 A. W. Greig for Sussex, Hove, 1971

Best partnership for each wicket

* Denotes not out/unbroken partnership

Club captains

Current squad

The Middlesex squad for the 2021 season consists of:

No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
4 Max Holden Flag of England.svg  England 18 December 1997 (age 23)Left-handedRight-arm off break
11 Mark Stoneman  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 27 June 1987 (age 34)Left-handedRight-arm off break On loan from Surrey
12 Sam Robson* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 1 July 1989 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
16 Eoin Morgan* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England [lower-alpha 1] 10 September 1986 (age 35)Left-handedRight-arm medium T20 captain;
England white-ball contract;
England ODI/T20I captain
18 Nick Gubbins*Flag of England.svg  England 31 December 1993 (age 27)Left-handedRight-arm leg break On loan at Hampshire
25 Josh de Caires Flag of England.svg  England 25 April 2002 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm medium
28 Stephen Eskinazi*Flag of England.svg  England 28 March 1994 (age 27)Right-handed
48 Joe Cracknell Flag of England.svg  England 16 March 2000 (age 21)Right-handed
5 James Harris*Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 16 May 1990 (age 31)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
24 Martin Andersson Flag of England.svg  England 8 September 1996 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm medium
56 Luke Hollman Flag of England.svg  England 16 September 2000 (age 20)Left-handedRight-arm leg break
14 Robbie White Flag of England.svg  England 15 September 1995 (age 26)Right-handed
20 John Simpson* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 13 July 1988 (age 33)Left-handed
23 Jack Davies Flag of England.svg  England 30 March 2000 (age 21)Left-handed
7 Tom Helm*Flag of England.svg  England 7 May 1994 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm fast
9 Steven Finn* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 4 April 1989 (age 32)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
19 Blake Cullen Flag of England.svg  England 31 March 2002 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
21 Toby Roland-Jones* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 29 January 1988 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
32 Thilan Walallawita Flag of England.svg  England 23 June 1998 (age 23)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
34 Tim Murtagh* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngCricket Ireland flag.svg  Ireland 2 August 1981 (age 40)Left-handedRight-arm fast-medium Interim captain (FC)
54 Ethan Bamber Flag of England.svg  England 17 December 1998 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
72 Nathan Sowter Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 12 October 1992 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm leg break UK passport
Max HarrisFlag of England.svg  England 17 August 2001 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium

Source: [13]

  1. Morgan has also played international cricket for Ireland.


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  5. Formerly known as the Gillette Cup (1963–1980), NatWest Trophy (1981–2000) and C&G Trophy (2001–2006).
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