|One Day name||Middlesex|
|One Day captain||Peter Handscomb (LA)|
Eoin Morgan (T20)
|Overseas player(s)||Peter Handscomb |
Chris Green (T20)
Daryl Mitchell (T20)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (T20)
Paul Stirling (T20)
|Chief executive||Richard Goatley|
at Cattle Market Ground, Islington
|Championship wins||11 (plus 2 shared)|
|Sunday League wins||1|
|Benson & Hedges Cup wins||2|
|One-Day Cup wins||4|
|Twenty20 Cup wins||1|
|Official website||Middlesex CCC|
19 May 2021
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.
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. 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. 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.
Strong 1974 winning side included a batting line-up of international players in Roland Butcher, Ian Gould, Phillip Edmonds, John Embury, Mike Gatting, Graham Barlow, Rodney Ontong, and Larry Gomes. Roly P. Willows topped the batting and Phillip Edmonds the bowling, they also won the Warwick Pool Championship the same year.
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
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.
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.
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. On 24 October 2014, the club announced that the limited overs name will revert to Middlesex County Cricket Club (Middlesex CCC), with immediate effect.
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.
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||First-Class Shirt Sponsor||One-Day Shirt Sponsor||T20 Shirt Sponsor|
|2003||Crusader Sport||Northern Rock|
|2019||Brooks Macdonald||JMAN Group||Kingspan|
|2020||Perfect Smile||Knight Frank|
Most runs for Middlesex
Qualification – 20,000 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)|
Most wickets for Middlesex
Qualification – 1,000 wickets
|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)|
Most dismissals for Middlesex
Qualification – 500 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||547 (484 catches & 63 stumpings) (1980–1991)|
|John Simpson||506 (484 catches & 24 stumpings) (2009-2020)|
|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 CricketArchive.com; Last updated: 23 October 2015|
* – Indicates that the partnership was unbroken
* Denotes not out/unbroken partnership
The Middlesex squad for the 2021 season consists of:
|No.||Name||Nationality||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|4||Max Holden||England||18 December 1997||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|12||Sam Robson*||England||1 July 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|16||Eoin Morgan*||England[a]||10 September 1986||Left-handed||Right-arm medium||T20 captain; |
England white-ball contract;
England ODI/T20I captain
|18||Nick Gubbins*||England||31 December 1993||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|25||Josh de Caires||England||25 April 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|28||Stephen Eskinazi*||England||28 March 1994||Right-handed||—|
|29||Peter Handscomb||Australia||26 April 1991||Right-handed||—||FC/LA captain |
|39||Paul Stirling*||Ireland||3 September 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|48||Joe Cracknell||England||16 March 2000||Right-handed||—|
|5||James Harris*||Wales||16 May 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|24||Martin Andersson||England||8 September 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|56||Luke Hollman||England||16 September 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|93||Chris Green||Australia||1 October 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|—||Daryl Mitchell||New Zealand||20 May 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|14||Robbie White||England||15 September 1995||Right-handed||—|
|20||John Simpson*||England||13 July 1988||Left-handed||—|
|23||Jack Davies||England||30 March 2000||Left-handed||—|
|7||Tom Helm*||England||7 May 1994||Right-handed||Right-arm fast|
|9||Steven Finn*||England||4 April 1989||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||t20 vice-captain|
|19||Blake Cullen||England||31 March 2002||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|21||Toby Roland-Jones*||England||29 January 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|32||Thilan Walallawita||England||23 June 1998||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|34||Tim Murtagh*||Ireland||2 August 1981||Left-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|54||Ethan Bamber||England||17 December 1998||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|72||Nathan Sowter||Australia||12 October 1992||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||UK passport|
|88||Mujeeb Ur Rahman||Afghanistan||28 March 2001||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|—||Max Harris||England||17 August 2001||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|