Search

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: Delighted Middlesex starlet Ethan Bamber in valhalla at Wantage Road after being handed first class debut against Northamptonshire

PUBLISHED: 13:04 19 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:05 19 August 2018

Middlesex played Northants at Wantage Road in the County Championship. CREDIT @laythy29

Middlesex played Northants at Wantage Road in the County Championship. CREDIT @laythy29

Archant

Middlesex’s talented 19-year-old bowler – and former North Middlesex paceman – Ethan Bamber made his first class debut against Northants on Sunday during day one of their County Championship clash. Read Layth Yousif’s morning session report from Wantage Road on Sunday.

It was back to red ball cricket for Middlesex and Northamptonshire during the first morning of their County Championship match at Wantage Road on Sunday.

Unsurprisingly with overcast skies there was an uncontested toss which saw the home side bat first.

Both sides will have been glad to see the back of the T20 Blast with the Seaxes finishing rock-bottom of the southern group while Northants ended the short format of the game propping up the northern table.

The home side captained by Alex Wakely made two changes from side that lost at Chesterfield with Josh Cobb and Seekkuge Prasanna replaced by Rory Kleinveldt and Saif Zaib.

Richard Johnson’s side came into the match in fifth place, 41 points behind leaders Warwickshire – who Middlesex beat by 18 runs last time out in a thrilling match at Lord’s.

Promising young seamer Ethan Bamber was handed his first class debut as the visitors made one change, with offspinner Ollie Rayner missing out.

The 19-year-old rising star has represented the club from the U15s onwards and was England’s joint leading-wicket taker at U19 World Cup in New Zealand and the delight the youngsters face was clear to see beforehand.

One fact which emerged to pique interest is Bamber’s father played the role of Hitler in the Hollywood blockbuster Valkyrie, alongside Tom Cruise who starred as Claus von Stauffenberg as the plot to assasinate the evil Nazi dictator was portrayed in celloid.

As an aside, the word Valkirye in Nordic mythology referred to each of Odin’s twelve handmaids who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield to Valhalla as a form of paradise.

For the youngster Bamber, Wantage Road was certainly his Valhalla on Sunday morning, even if his opening over was peppered, understandably, with a few looseners laced with first-day nerves.

Earlier Under gunmetal grey skies James Harris made an early breakthrough with the help of an inside edge by bowling Ben Duckett for seven with the score on 16-1.

Harris could and should have had a second wicket but Eoin Morgan dropped the Johannesburg-born wicketkeeper batsman Ricardo Vasconcelos after downing a regulation catch at first slip off his bowling, as the left-handed bat lived to fight another day on 28 after the home side had moved onto 68-1.

Harris did get his second of the morning an over later after removing Luke Procter lbw for 26 with the score on 75-2 to end a productive partnership of 59 as Northants ended the morning on 107-2, with Vasconcelos unbeaten on 47 and captain Wakely not out 13.

Follow Middlesex CCC reporter Layth on Twitter @laythy29

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 23:26

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been left frustrated after the Gunners conceded two late goals in his sides 4-2 victory over FC Vorskla Poltava.

Yesterday, 21:58

Arsenal began their Europa League journey with a dominant 4-2 win over FC Vorskla Poltava on Thursday night.

Yesterday, 21:53

Arsenal hosted Vorskla Poltava in their opening match in Group E of the Europa League at the Emirates on Thursday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Yesterday, 20:02

Middlesex all-rounder James Harris hopes his side can go on and complete victory over Derbyshire on day four of the County Championship Division Two match at Lord’s on Friday.

Yesterday, 17:00

Old Boys won 35-29 at Hendon last weekend

Yesterday, 16:00

Greens lost 3-2 at Harrow Borough in London Senior Cup on Tuesday after beating Poole Town 1-0 in Evo-Stik South Premier South last weekend

Yesterday, 14:00

The England international appears to have recovered from his hamstring injury

Yesterday, 12:00

Greelands Lane club lost at home to UCS Old Boys last weekend

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

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