Search

Coach confident Middlesex can manage at Nottingham without England opener

22:56 12 June 2014

Middlesex's Eoin Morgan

Middlesex's Eoin Morgan

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Coach Richard Scott believes Middlesex’s batting line-up is now strong enough to cope without Sam Robson as they enter the second half of their County Championship campaign.

Robson, who has scored more runs this season than any Middlesex batsman except Chris Rogers, made his England debut in the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka and misses Middlesex’s next four-day game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, but Scott insists any disruption to the side will be minimal.

In contrast to last year, when the team were heavily reliant on Rogers and Robson for runs, every other batsman has made significant contributions in the first half of the season.

Neil Dexter and Eoin Morgan average above 40, while Dawid Malan has amassed more than 400 runs, and Joe Denly and Paul Stirling both hit key half-centuries in Middlesex’s drawn match at Durham last week.

“Firstly, we were all delighted by Sam’s selection for England,” said Scott. “One of our aims as a club is to produce international players through success on the field.

“We don’t expect to change the side a great deal. Eoin Morgan’s back and, while he and Sam don’t cancel each other out as such, it does mean we have another England player available in the short term.

“What’s great is that we’ve got consistency in our batting line-up now – players are getting runs on a regular basis and it’s not just the same ones every time.

“That’s a sign of the strength we have at the club. There’s competition for places and no place in the side is really assured, but we’ve got to continue the consistency we’ve shown so far.”

Although Malan remains the most likely candidate to open with Rogers at Trent Bridge, the coach confirmed that Stirling – who opens in one-day cricket – is very much in line to feature again as a middle-order batsman.

The Irishman is best known as a fast-scoring limited-overs specialist, but his gritty maiden Championship half-century at Durham helped to ensure that the Lord’s side ground out a draw after conceding a colossal 568-9.

“We had the luxury of playing him at no 7 and he hasn’t played a lot of red-ball cricket, but that was a vital knock for us,” said Scott. “He seemed to thrive under pressure.

“Funnily enough his one-day form has been poor of late – we know how effective he can be in quick bursts but we’ve been encouraging him to play longer innings and he’s made progress there.

“We showed a lot of fighting qualities against Durham – at 40-4 we were staring down the barrel, but the guys stood up to be counted. It’s very heartening when you see the lower to middle order perform like that.”

Following the Nottinghamshire clash, Middlesex take on Somerset in the NatWest T20 Blast on Wednesday (6.30pm) – technically a home game, although it has been moved to The Oval.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

7 minutes ago

It was another majestic display from Tottenham against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday as they secured a sixth consecutive Premier League victory – and right at the heart of it was Mousa Dembele.

14:54

Manager Gary McCann admits Hendon have a huge battle on their hands to retain their Ryman League Premier Division status and believes they need to acquire another 24 points to avoid the drop.

14:47

Wingate & Finchley secured their second successive league victory on Saturday as Tommy Tejan-Sie struck a last-minute winner away against basement boys Grays Athletic.

Yesterday, 13:07

The Under-13 boys’ team from University College School took top honours at the Jack Petchey London Schools’ Team Finals on Saturday.

Yesterday, 11:42

Draws are relatively rare in rugby so it is certainly unusual that Saracens have now had two in a row – but the character and resolve they have displayed in both matches has been entirely familiar.

Mon, 15:35

Highgate Harriers’ men are on course to equal the Metropolitan League record of five successive titles – and the club also have a chance of winning three other divisions.

Mon, 14:01

Dave Francis scored a second-half hat-trick as Hendon triumphed 29-15 away against mid-table rivals Saracens Amateurs, banking a bonus point and moving 11 points clear of the Herts/Middlesex Division One relegation zone.

Mon, 07:16

Midway through a hard-fought first half at the Liberty Stadium a rainbow appeared. Not just any rainbow, one of those glorious technicolour efforts which make you feel warm inside.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now