MIDDLESEX NAME FIFTEEN-MAN-SQUAD TO FACE SUSSEX IN BOB WILLIS TROPHY
Head Coach Stuart Law has named a fifteen-man squad to take on Sussex at Radlett in round four of the Bob Willis Trophy.
Following the drawn affair down in Kent, and after Essex secured their third straight win of the season, Middlesex are left needing back to back victories against both Sussex this week and Essex in early September to give themselves any chance of qualifying for the Bob Willis trophy final later next month.
Again rotation of bowlers sees changes in the pace ranks, with consideration also given to the forthcoming Vitality Blast campaign, as Law looks to get his players fine-tuned ahead of the white ball season kicking off next week.
Steven Finn is replaced by Blake Cullen, who if selected in Middlesex’s starting eleven, would make his first-eleven debut, which would make him the third young player to be given an opportunity by Law to prove himself in this year’s Bob Willis Trophy, after Thilan Walallawita and Jack Davies before him.
Veteran seamer Tim Murtagh makes a welcome return to the squad, as does leading run-scorer Nick Gubbins, who had to withdraw from the match at Canterbury after a Covid scare, which thankfully produced a negative test result in the week. Toby Roland-Jones misses out, after the club announced this morning he is suffering from a thigh strain.
Law is looking forward to the challenge of locking horns with great friend and fellow countryman Jason Gillespie, who comes to Radlett looking to build on their one victory so far in the campaign. Middlesex head into the tie in fourth place, on 39 points, with Sussex one place below them on 25 points.
Middlesex have named the following fifteen-man squad for the Sussex clash:
Stephen Eskinazi (captain)
John Simpson (wicket-keeper)