Search

New boy Higgins brings Middlesex hope for the future

13:52 25 June 2014

Ryan Higgins batting for Middlesex second XI

Ryan Higgins batting for Middlesex second XI

Archant

Scattered among the wreckage of their tortuous Twenty20 campaign, there appear to be at least a few beacons of hope for Middlesex Panthers.

The Panthers occupy bottom spot in the South group after losing all but one of their fixtures and, barring an extraordinary sequence of results, can forget any ambitions of progressing to the knockout phase.

Yet Middlesex’s last two NatWest T20 Blast games have also ushered in the promise of talent for the future, most notably in the shape of teenage batsman Ryan Higgins.

The 19-year-old stepped straight into the Panthers side at no 4 and calmly struck an unbeaten 44, sharing an unbroken century partnership with Joe Denly to earn his side an eight-wicket win over Somerset at the Oval.

Higgins, who gained his promotion to the senior ranks after some healthy scores for Middlesex’s second XI, also feels he has benefited from his experience at the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year.

The Middlesex youngster played in all of England’s games as they finished third at the tournament in Dubai, scoring 83 against New Zealand and 52 in their semi-final defeat to Pakistan.

“I think playing at the Under-19 World Cup did have an impact – it puts pressure on you that you might not get at second-team level,” said Higgins.

“I suppose that helped in certain situations at the Oval – I was thinking back to past situations and it did also develop my game off the field, in terms of thinking about how I approach my cricket.

“In a way, I think it helped my confidence to be put in a pressure situation – you feel that they’re backing you to go out and achieve something and I hope that can happen a few more times.

“Because you’ve got so much experience around you and guys willing to help you out every step of the way, it makes life easier, as a youngster coming into the side.

“Eoin [Morgan] said before my first game ‘if you need any help, come and have a chat’ and obviously the way that Joe batted, striking the ball superbly, also made life easier.”

Higgins’ impressive performance in the Somerset victory ensured that he retained his place in the Panthers side for their next T20 match, against group front-runners Essex Eagles at Chelmsford.

This time, the youngster’s stay at the crease was a brief one as he made seven runs from nine balls before falling to David Masters as Middlesex totalled 153-5 and ultimately lost by two wickets in a close finish.

However, the game also brought about a promising debut for another of the club’s youthful contingent – seam bowler Harry Podmore, who took 2-20 in three overs that included the wickets of seasoned internationals Jesse Ryder and Ryan ten Doeschate.

Both youngsters will be hoping to feature again when the Panthers return to Lord’s on Thursday for the first time in almost six weeks to take on Gloucestershire (6.15pm start).

Meanwhile, Higgins’ long-term aim is to continue picking up knowledge from his team-mates and coaches and gradually nudge his way into consideration for Middlesex’s four-day side as well.

“I’m learning day to day, trying to take bits and pieces off everyone,” he added. “I’m working a lot with [batting coach] Mark Ramprakash and Rory Coutts from the Academy and Richard Johnson in the second team.

“There’s a wealth of knowledge and experience there and it’s all about continuing to use that. I think the aim is to keep working hard on my game and doing what I’ve been doing.

“I’m trying to work hard on my red-ball game – that’s one of the big things for me and I’m really keen to develop my four-day batting. There’s a long way to go in the season and hopefully the hard work pays off.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

James Ward (left) enters Centre Court behind the reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic

Camden’s James Ward took the world No1 and reigning champion Novak Djokovic to a tie-break in the first round at Wimbledon but was defeated in straight sets on Centre Court.

12:43
Henry Collier claimed his second five-for of the season but Hampstead were unable to take Twickenham's  final wicket. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Chairman Nick Brown was pleased with Hampstead’s latest performance, but he feels 25 points have been dropped in games that should have been won after they were held to another draw in the Premier Division.

Friday, June 24, 2016
Harriet Dart. Pic: Paolo Minoli

West Hampstead’s Harriet Dart narrowly missed out on a place in the main draw at Wimbledon after a marathon three-set thriller in her final qualifying match.

Friday, June 24, 2016
James Ward

Camden’s James Ward will face world No1 Novak Djokovic in the first round of Wimbledon after the draw was made this morning.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Skipper Dawid Malan struck an unbeaten half-century to lead Middlesex to a thrilling victory over Somerset in a rain-reduced T20 clash at Lord’s.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Jordan Nobbs, Arsenal Ladies

Jordan Nobbs says Arsenal Ladies must replicate their performance level from last month’s Wembley success to get their league campaign back on track.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

It’s a shame Chris Gayle won’t be coming to Lord’s when we take on Somerset – in a way it would have been fun to play against him.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Corinne Humphreys

A Haringey fitness instructor will be aiming her realise her Olympic dream on Sunday when she competes in the British 100m trials in Birmingham.

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

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe