I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of all of us here at Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Reflecting on 2013, long term injuries forced us to play for large parts of the season without some of the first eleven’s most influential players, however we still managed to maintain a challenge at the top of the LV= County Championship Division One table until close to the end of our first-class campaign.
Whilst ultimately finishing in fifth place in the table, we narrowly missed out on third spot, finishing just six points behind a strong Sussex side. Crucially however, the squad has another year’s experience under its belt, and our position in the top flight of the four day game has been further cemented, with plenty of positives to build on next year.
With the majority of the squad now either playing overseas, or already working hard in their winter training programme up at our Cricket Academy in Finchley, I’m pleased to report that we are at present injury free and are raring to go in 2014.
2014 marks a special year for Middlesex County Cricket Club, being our 150th year of existence.
When the club was officially constituted on 2nd February back in 1864, few could have possibly predicted that the next 150 years would see Middlesex write so many chapters in the history books of the game we all love so dearly.
To mark our anniversary year we have a host of special events being held throughout the year, which we hope you will be able to join us at, to help us celebrate the achievements of the club over the last century and a half. Brief details of each of these events are below:
Tickets for all of the above events are available by CLICKING HERE, or you can simply call the office on 0207 289 1300 to purchase over the phone.
Aside from the above events, Middlesex are also taking on the Royal Household Cricket Club in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Park, Windsor. Details of this match and prices will be announced in due course on the club’s website, so keep an eye out for further details.
Also in 2014 you’ll have the opportunity to take part in our brand new Middlesex CCC Hat-Trick Draw, where you can enter our monthly prize pot draw and play a vital role in helping to raise funds for Middlesex youth cricket projects. Details of the Hat-Trick Draw can be found by CLICKING HERE.
We sincerely hope that many of you will take the opportunity to join us in celebrating our special anniversary in what promises to be an exciting year for Middlesex County Cricket Club both on and off the field.
For your information, the Middlesex offices and club shop will be closing at 5pm today, Thursday 19 December, as we, like the majority of your good selves embark upon our own festive breaks, before normal business resumes in the New Year on Thursday 2 January 2014.
Before I sign off this festive message, I would like to offer well-deserved congratulations to our overseas opener and County Championship Captain, Chris Rogers, on playing a major part in Australia’s successful Ashes campaign down under. Earlier this week another half century from Buck helped Australia secure victory in Perth to go 3-0 up in the series and reclaim the urn. Well done to Chris and we look forward to welcoming him back next year when he joins up with the squad for our pre-season preparations.
Please accept our sincere thanks for all of your support of the club in 2013, and here’s hoping that you all have a thoroughly enjoyable festive period, that Father Christmas brings you everything you’ve asked for, and that 2014 proves to be a prosperous and enjoyable year for one and all.
See you in 2014 for another exciting year of Middlesex cricket.
Vinny Codrington – Chief Executive, Middlesex CCC
Middlesex members should note that the members' priority ballot for International matches in 2014 closes today.
If you would still like to apply for tickets you can enter the General Public Ballot, which closes on 6 January 2014. For more information about the Public Ballot at Lord's CLICK HERE
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