Middlesex Cricket can today announce new and exciting initiative to provide its members and fans with a continuous stream of engaging content throughout the current coronavirus lockdown period.
There has been a long and impressive list of household cricketing names to have proudly worn the famous three Seaxes of Middlesex on their playing shirts over the decades, from the likes of Clive Radley, Roland Butcher and Norman Cowans in the seventies, Mike Gatting, Desmond Haynes and Phil Tufnell in the eighties, Andrew Strauss, Owais Shah and Angus Fraser in the nineties and noughties, and Chris Rogers, Tyron Henderson and Nick Compton through the noughties to the modern day - to name but a few.
Thanks to the powers of modern technology and making the most of the players’ availability during lockdown, we’re getting the legends of yesteryear back together, albeit from the comfort of their own sofas, to relive the times they spent together in dressing rooms up and down the country when playing for Middlesex.
The reunions are being hosted by the ‘voice of Middlesex Cricket’, BBC London’s ball by ball commentator, Kevin Hand, who will sit in residence as the players regale tales of old, chat through the dressing room banter from the good old days and relive some of the best moments of their Middlesex careers – absolute gold viewing for members and fans, both young and old.
Filming is starting this week, with a special reunion of players from the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties, with three further reunions to follow, featuring sides from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties, the mid-nineties through to the mid-noughties and then finally the mid-noughties to the current day.
On the launch of this new initiative, Middlesex Cricket’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Steven Fletcher, commented:
“We’re really excited to have pulled together such an impressive cast of former players for these video calls and my thanks go to David Nash and Gus Fraser for being the driving forces behind making this happen and getting the former players together.
“These legends and characters of the club have so many stories to tell and so many great memories of playing together, and getting them all online on video calls will offer all Middlesex members, both young and old, a fascinating and entertaining insight into what goes on behind the scenes and in the inner sanctum of the Middlesex dressing room.
“My personal thanks go to all the players who have given up their time to get involved in this initiative and we look forward to getting everyone together over the next week or so and to hearing their stories.”
The first broadcast, part one of the ‘85 to ‘95 dressing room reunion, will first be aired on Monday 4th May, followed by part two on Tuesday 5th May. All further reunions will be broadcast each week on Mondays. They will be exclusively available for members to view over the week ahead, when each weekly broadcast will then be opened up and made available to the wider Middlesex following. Members can view the broadcast by logging in to the Members’ Hub on the Middlesex website and watch it in the Exclusive Content section of the Hub.
Should any members need help or assistance accessing the Members’ Hub, then they should call the Middlesex office on 0207 289 1300, as the phone line is being manned remotely during normal office hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) and a member of the office team can help you with your enquiry.