Middlesex’s achievement in finishing second to Yorkshire in the last season’s County Championship masked their lack of success in limited-overs cricket. To address some of these deficiencies, Middlesex have turned to New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, whose international retirement will allow him to show his considerable skills on a regular basis.
With Malan and Robson both potentially making a lot of runs and the bowling skills of Mitchell McClenaghan and Ravi Patel, Middlesex have the potential to challenge Yorkshire for the Championship but need to improve dramatically to feature in the later stages of the limited overs competitions.
Somerset had a disappointing 2015 season and will need to improve to challenge in this year’s championship.
The Middlesex County Cricket Club was officially founded in 1864 and played their first game in 1864 against Sussex County Cricket Club at the Cattle Market Ground Islington.
It was not until 1877 that Middlesex found a permanent home with an agreement with Marylebone Cricket Club to use Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, the Home of Cricket.
Middlesex had to wait until the 1903 season before they crowned County Champions for the first time. Further success came Middlesex’s way in 1920,1921 and 1947 with a side that featured Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, in 1949 Middlesex shared the County Championship title with Yorkshire.
In 1970s, Middlesex had their most successful decade winning four County Championship titles and two Gillette Cup successes in 1977 and 1980. Even more success followed with three more Championship titles, the NatWest Trophy twice in 1984 and 1988, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1983 and 1986 and the Sunday League in 1992.
However, the 21st century saw the club in decline and relegated to the second tier of the County Championship in 2006, there has a small revival in recent years when Middlesex won the Twenty20 Cup in 2008 and promotion back to the top flight of the County Championship in 2011
Lord’s Cricket Ground hosts fixtures from all levels of the game, the way tickets are sold differs vastly.
Whereas for Test Matches and ODIs tickets are highly sought-after and the Ground regularly sold out well in advance, for the majority of its match days there are plenty of seats available at the Home of Cricket, with tickets available to buy from the Ground.
County matches classed as Major Matches are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast fixtures and the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.
Tickets for international matches are sold in advance, as are Middlesex’s NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Royal London One-Day Cup Final and a handful of other games.
Remaining tickets for these fixtures are sold on the gate on the day of the match
For smaller matches however, including all Middlesex’s LV= County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup Group fixtures, tickets are often only available to purchase from Lord’s on the day.
This is the case for all of Middlesex’s LV= County Championship matches, as well as their Royal London One-Day Cup group fixtures.
If you would like further information or buy tickets, visit the Middlesex website here
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