Middlesex cricket column: Opening Up with Dawid Malan

12:40 09 July 2014

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

Dawid Malan, Middlesex

PA Archive/Press Association Images

We’ve been nailed about our batting for the last year or two, with people saying how poor it’s been, but the guys have really stepped up this season.

Whether it’s been Morgy, Chris Rogers, Robbo, Joe, Dexy, Simmo or more recently Nick Gubbins, everyone’s put their hand up at some stage. It looks good that we’re maturing and getting to a situation where we could all score runs consistently.

Obviously I’m pleased to have contributed in the last couple of games as well. I think the Northants innings was one of the more important I’ve played, not only for the team but also from a personal point of view.

It was the most nervous I’ve been in the 90s, knowing I’d been there a couple of times and not gone on. So I desperately needed a hundred and I’m sure it showed in the way I played.

I was lucky enough to get over the line eventually and it meant a lot to me – although obviously you want to score hundreds that win games and it was disappointing we didn’t manage to do that.

It probably was inevitable that Crooky would be the one to come back to Lord’s and ruin our chances of getting the win.

He’s a fantastic cricketer – perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who can bat, bowl and field as well as he can made the difference.

Again, it was frustrating that we couldn’t get over the line in our Twenty20 game against Glamorgan. I think we were 10 runs short, to be honest.

It could have been different if they’d had to get 10 more off that last over, but our fielding was horrendous – we let ourselves down.

We have to start thinking about the 50-over cup as well. Although we haven’t played 50-over cricket for a long time, it should suit us better than the T20.

Every captain has their own thoughts on one-day cricket. It’ll be interesting to see how Morgy sets out our game plan and we’ll prepare accordingly.

Latest Sport Stories

Christian Eriksen (centre) scored both of Tottenham's goals against Swansea on Sunday

Christian Eriksen admits he feels like “the old one” in Tottenham’s midfield alongside Eric Dier and Dele Alli, and that it gave him an added sense of responsibility as he scored both of the visitors’ goals in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea.

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin and Manchester United's Ashley Young battle for the ball (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Hector Bellerin after the full-back’s excellent performance in the win over Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gestures on the touchline (John Walton/PA Wire)

Arsene Wenger was pleased to see his Arsenal side put their midweek disappointment behind them with a 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

Most read sport

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


You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Shop till you drop!

Here’s your chance to treat yourself to a new wardrobe and a whole lot more with this MyOffers competition to win an incredible £2,500 to spend at Primark on whatever you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder