Middlesex CCC welcome back James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones for this week’s LV=CC game at Taunton. Harris has fully recovered from the hamstring strain that has prevented him from playing in Middlesex’s last three LV=CC matches, whilst Roland-Jones returns from playing with the England Lions. Steven Finn disappears to join up with the England squad for Thursday’s 1st Test against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Tom Smith is added to the squad. Smith has taken 15 wickets in the last two 2nd XI three-day games he has played in and deserves his chance. Also included and travelling to Taunton is Adam Rossington, who has been in excellent form so far this season.
The challenge for Middlesex CCC this week is simple – to continue to play the sort of cricket we have played so far this season. Somerset are a strong, well drilled and disciplined side. They have several high quality players and we will need to be at our best for four days. Last season they taught us a valuable lesson at Taunton, which is that you cannot afford to have one bad session in Division One. If you do this your opponents will grab hold of the game and make it extremely hard to get back to parity.
However, with the group of players we have, there is no reason why we should not have another productive week if we play to our potential.
Middlesex CCC are pleased to announce the following 14-man squad to play against Somerset at Taunton, starting tomorrow, Wednesday 15 May:
Chris Rogers (captain)
PLEASE NOTE - FOR THOSE GOING ON THURSDAY!
Somerset CCC has let us know that on Thursday 16 May there is a homecoming parade in Taunton for the 40 Commando Battalion whose base is nearby.
The town centre in Taunton and roads around it will be shut off and secured from 7.30am on Thursday morning.
The parade starts at 9.30am in the town centre and the battalion will walk past the county ground by the main entrance gates on St James Street at approximately 9.45am – 10.00am.
The gates will open half an hour earlier than usual on Thursday only to allow Cricket spectators into the ground in plenty of time. They also expect the local area to be very busy from 8am onwards.
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