Having spent his entire life committed to cricket in Middlesex, from playing for Stanmore Cricket Club as a youngster, working his way through the Middlesex pathway, through the Age Groups to the Second Eleven, to the First Eleven, before then going on to represent his country with distinction on the International stage, becoming a respected cricket writer for the independent, a National Selector, before then returning to Middlesex Cricket in various Administration roles, becoming the Chairman of his boyhood Club Stanmore, and now standing as Middlesex Cricket’s Interim Chair alongside his role as the Club’s Cricket Development Director, you could ask what else there is that Angus Fraser could possibly give back to cricket in our county?
Well, umpiring is the answer, with the next stage in his Middlesex life now seeing Gus smartly dressed in his umpires’ whites at various grounds across the Middlesex County Cricket League, raising the dreaded index finger of judgement on the next generation of cricketers in Middlesex.
Last weekend, on Saturday, Gus had the pleasure of umpiring a Division Five MCCL fixture, with United Sports taking on Priory Park at East Lane in Wembley.
In a low-scoring affair, United Sports won the toss and duly bowled out Priory Park for just 74 in 26 overs, with Utkarsh Patel ripping through the Priory Park line-up, finishing with figures of 6 for 20 from 5 devastating overs – with all six wickets clean bowled, giving Gus a relatively trouble-free afternoon with little work to do.
In reply, United Sports knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets to secure a six wicket inside 17 overs! As they say - a quick game’s a good game!
When the match was over, Gus was delighted to be presented with a Club cap from Siddhartha Pandya of Priory Park, with the team posing for a photo with the Middlesex man at the close of play, when despite the result, it was smiles all round.
Angus Fraser the umpire – coming to a ground near you!