A new County Championship season is underway and Leicestershire are the visitors to Lord’s for Middlesex Cricket’s opening home match in Division Two. The fourth and final day’s play starts at 11am and tickets are available on the gate.
Middlesex Cricket are a team on a mission this season to regain their Specsavers County Championship top flight status. Relegation in 2017 was a real shock coming just a season after they were crowned 2016 County Champions and a viable promotion push in 2018 never really materialised. However with three sides in the frame for promotion this year, in order to increase the number of teams in Division One to 10 as from next season, Middlesex Cricket are one of the favourites to go up along with Lancashire and Sussex. But with the pressure on can the side from Lord’s deliver? On paper the answer is yes with Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling and Stevie Eskinazi all part of a classy batting line-up but whether they can deliver on the pitch remains to be seen.
Leicestershire have never been promoted to the top tier of the County Championship but last year’s mid-table finish was considered progress after the team had finished bottom four out of the five previous years. And after a major reshuffle in the close season that saw spinner Arron Lilley and seamer Chris Wright added to their attack they may surprise a few people.
Going into the last day of the match Middlesex Cricket had built a lead of 305 after their second innings and will be looking to bowl out Leicestershire today to secure maximum points.
Play starts at 11am.
Tickets on the day available on the gate.
Travel tips: Travelling via public transport is recommended. The nearest tube station to Lord’s is St John’s Wood – on the Jubilee line which is a circa 5-minute walk from the ground. Car parking is limited in the area.