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Gareth Berg, Middlesex.

Middlesex may look to recruit all-rounder for next season

Middlesex are set to make the all-rounder’s position their top priority when they begin reshaping the squad for next season.

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Ravi Patel, Middlesex

Positive spin: Middlesex cricket column with Ravi Patel

It’s been disappointing for me to miss the last two matches, but you can always accept being left out if the reasons are valid.

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Dawid Malan top scored in Middlesex's second innings with 46

Defeat to Durham keeps Middlesex in danger of the drop

Middlesex slid deeper into relegation trouble after they were beaten by Durham in their final home match of the County Championship season.

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Tim Murtagh in action for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Tim Murtagh completes 10-wicket match haul but Middlesex face battle to avoid defeat to Durham

Tim Murtagh’s fourth 10-wicket match haul of his career was not enough to ease Middlesex’s relegation worries as they let Durham off the hook to face a battle to survive on the final day of the LV= County Championship match at Lord’s.

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Nick Gubbins batting for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Middlesex youngster happy to be learning from fellow left-handers

Conventional wisdom dictates that any team’s ideal batting order should comprise a mixture of left and right-handers as a means of disturbing the bowlers’ rhythm.

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Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Dawid Malan

It’s not quite over yet, but I don’t honestly think Yorkshire can be stopped from winning the County Championship title.

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Hornsey captain Michael Philipson took 4-2 with the ball and then hit an unbeaten 36 against Richmond, but his side were relegated. Pic: Max Flego

Captain Philipson reflects on Hornsey’s relegation from Premier Division

Hornsey’s three-year stay in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League ended on Saturday as the Crouch End outfit were relegated.

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Hampstead's ladies celebrate. Pic: Tom Roberts

Hampstead Ladies overcome Wanstead to claim fourth spot

Hampstead’s ladies finished fourth in the North London Women’s League after a strong performance against Wanstead at Lymington Road.

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Freddie Fairhead hits out for Hampstead. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead finish sixth after final-day defeat at Twickenham

Hampstead’s disappointing Premier Division season ended in a defeat away at Twickenham, leaving the 2013 champions sixth in the final standings.

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Highgate's Chris Arul hits out. Pic: Max Flego

Arul hits unbeaten century as Highgate finish season on a high

Chris Arul hammered an unbeaten century as Highgate overcame the Tamils by seven wickets to round off their Division Three season on a triumphant note.

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North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll. Pic: Max Flego

North Middlesex captain eyes title challenge after successful Premier Division campaign

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll is confident that his side are capable of a league title success in the coming years.

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Tim Murtagh in action for Middlesex. Pic: Sarah Williams

Middlesex bowler fully focused on battle for survival against Durham

Tim Murtagh is content to sacrifice next week’s one-day international series as he concentrates on spearheading Middlesex’s battle for top-flight survival.

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Middlesex's Chris Rogers hits out

Chris Rogers rues day two drizzle as Middlesex and Warwickshire settle for a draw

Middlesex took a small step towards safety while Warwickshire’s title hopes took a big hit as their match fizzled out into the dreariest of draws at Lord’s and Chris Rogers believes that the lost second day cost the game any chance of a result.

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Ravi Patel, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Positive Spin with Ravi Patel

The way the schedule of the county season pans out, there are periods in the fixture list which are extremely congested.

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Neil Dexter. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Neil Dexter weighs in with the bat as Middlesex near safety against Warwickshire

Neil Dexter continued his excellent match to help steer Middlesex out of trouble against Warwickshire with the contest looking likely to peter out into a draw.

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North Middlesex's Ethan Bamber

Dream debut for North Middlesex’s latest young star Ethan Bamber against Hornsey

Fifteen-year-old seamer Ethan Bamber enjoyed a dream Premier League debut as North Middlesex overcame neighbours Hornsey and left their visitors staring at relegation.

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South Hampstead captain James Williams. Pic: Max Flego

South Hampstead still have work to do to avoid final-day relegation

South Hampstead still have work to do to preserve their status in the Middlesex County League on the final day after a narrow defeat at Barnes.

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Mubasher Hassan was the top scorer in the match with 64 as Hampstead beat Finchley. Pic: Max Flego

Hampstead beat struggling Finchley but give up their title

Hampstead gave up their Middlesex County Cricket League title on Saturday as Teddington took the Premier Division crown – but they beat struggling Finchley by 15 runs.

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Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Dawid Malan

Captaining a team at Lord’s for the first time when we played the Indians was very enjoyable, even if it was a bit unexpected.

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Sam Robson. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Chris Rogers backs Sam Robson to shine on return to Middlesex after England duty

Middlesex captain Chris Rogers believes that Sam Robson won’t have any issues adjusting from Test cricket back to the county circuit.

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Hornsey's Ed Wharton took 6-45 in Saturday's defeat against the new league leaders, Teddington. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Wharton can’t save struggling Hornsey from fourth successive defeat

Hornsey gave Premier Division title challengers Teddington a scare at Tivoli Road, but a narrow 14-run defeat keeps them in the bottom two while their visitors rose to the top of the table.

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Ed Atkins bats for Highgate. Pic: Max Flego

Highgate are thrashed by Wembley but can still achieve promotion

Highgate’s destiny remains in their own hands despite suffering a nine-wicket thrashing by Division Three promotion rivals Wembley and dropping to third in the table.

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Hampstead captain Steve Clark was the top scorer with a half-century, but a losing draw against Ealing effectively ended his side's chances of retaining their crown. Pic: Max Flego

Hampstead’s title defence looks doomed to failure after losing draw against Ealing

Hampstead’s title defence is all but over after a losing draw in a rain-affected match against fellow championship contenders Ealing left them 16 points off the top with just two games left.

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North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (centre) celebrates with team-mates. Pic: Max Flego

Nicoll hails North Middlesex’s ‘unbelievable’ transformation after securing survival

North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll has hailed his side’s “unbelievable” transformation after they secured Premier Division status with a sixth win in eight games.

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Football See all

Etienne Capoue (left) holds off Stephane Sessegnon

Spurs suffer second successive home defeat after shock loss against West Brom

Tottenham suffered their second successive home defeat of the season as West Brom earned a shock 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane thanks to James Morrison’s 75th-minute winner.

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Conor O'Shea, Harlequins director of rugby (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Harlequins’ Conor O’Shea leaps to Chris Robshaw’s defence amid ‘insulting’ England speculation

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea offered an impassioned defence of Chris Robshaw in reaction to a week of “insulting” speculation over his England future.

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Gareth Berg, Middlesex.

Middlesex may look to recruit all-rounder for next season

Middlesex are set to make the all-rounder’s position their top priority when they begin reshaping the squad for next season.

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Great Britain's Mo Farah celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men's 10,000m final at the European Championships (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Beagle Farah lands Euro gold

Olympic and world champion adds another title

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Will Naylor (centre) wheels away after scoring the winning goal, while Oliver Didham (left) celebrates. Pic: Mark Clews

Hampstead & Westminster strike twice in final four minutes to shock Wimbledon

Hampstead and Westminster seized victory from the jaws of defeat as they started their 14th consecutive season in the NOW:Pensions Premier League with a last-gasp 2-1 home win over London rivals Wimbledon.

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