Having announced earlier today that Stephen Eskinazi will captain the club's four-day side for the remainder of 2020 and Toby Roland-Jones would be his deputy as vice-captain, tomorrow, at 10am they will go head to head, leading out two evenly matched Middlesex sides, in what will be their first competitive cricket match of the summer.
The match will be a red-ball encounter, with players and staff continuing to closely monitor their temperatures daily, maintaining relevant distancing in-ground and with regular breaks in play to ensure the ball is continually sanitised.
The match has been scheduled as part of Middlesex's return to play plan, which has seen the Middlesex squad in training since returning at the start of July. Whilst the match will be a competitive encounter, getting overs into the bowlers legs and time in the middle for the batsmen is the primary aim of the clash.
Supporters will not be allowed access to Radlett Cricket Club, as the match is being played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 protocol, however anyone wishing to follow the game live online can do so by watching a live stream of the match, which will be available on the Middlesex website. Given that the match is only a training warm-up clash, only one static camera will be in use for the live stream, behind the bowlers arm at the Pavilion End of the ground, and no match commentary will be available. A score graphic overlaying the stream will allow you to follow the match progress however.
Before the match begins, all players will take a knee in solidarity with anti-racism movements in the UK and around the world.
The two sides who will compete in the match are as follows...
STEPHEN ESKINAZI (CAPTAIN)
JOHN SIMPSON (WK)
TOBY ROLAND-JONES (CAPTAIN)
ROBBIE WHITE (WK)