Middlesex are in action tomorrow as South Asian Cricket Academy (SACA) visit Radlett Cricket Club for a two-day match.
Toby Roland-Jones will lead the Middlesex side in the fixture and will skipper a squad that will include Martin Andersson, Blake Cullen, Max Holden, Luke Hollman and Tim Murtagh. The side will be using this time to prepare for the September run-in with LV= Insurance County Championship matches against Essex, Lancashire, Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire coming up.
This is the second time that we have entertained SACA, with the previous encounter coming at Teddington Cricket Club last summer – a 50-over clash, which Middlesex won by four wickets.
On that day, three wickets apiece for Ethan Bamber and Max Harris, plus two for Ishaan Kaushal did most of the damage for Middlesex with the ball, as SACA were dismissed for 215 inside 48 overs.
In reply, Middlesex had a fine 84 from Joe Cracknell and 60 from Joel Curtis to thank for their four-wicket victory, as they reached their target six wickets down with 16 overs to spare.
The South Asian Cricket Academy will be keen for revenge when the two sides meet and will come to the Brunton Memorial Ground with a side packed full of talent.
The Academy was created to tackle the lack of representation of British-born South Asian cricketers in the professional game, and since its formation has proven to be a huge success, with Kashif Ali (Worcestershire), Andy Umeed (Somerset), Zain Ul-Hassan (Glamorgan), Jafer Chohan (Yorkshire), Zaman Akhter (Gloucestershire), Hassan Azad (Northamptonshire) and Arafat Bhuiyan (Kent) all graduating through the Academy to first-class counties where they have earned professional terms with their respective counties.
The match will start at 11am on both days with free entry for all. Members and supporters are encouraged to attend.
It is worth noting that the clubhouse will be open to serve refreshments, however, limited seating will be available, so it is advised that spectators bring their own seats.
MIDDLESEX SQUAD TO FACE SACA:
Toby Roland-Jones (C)
Josh De Caires