MIDDLESEX V SURREY V at Lord's (LVCC)
19-22 JULY
2023

Ninth host the leaders, whose advantage at the top of Division One has been cut from 32 to 13 points in recent weeks, following a defeat to Lancashire followed by a high-scoring draw with Notts.

Middlesex, who have lost three out of their last four, very nearly turned a bit of a corner in their most recent outing, against Northants at Merchant Taylors' School, which ended, remarkably, with scores level.

If, by some miracle, the North Londoners stay up this season, it will be due to their decision to tempt all-rounder Ryan Higgins back from Gloucestershire. The 28-year-old has scored 554 championship runs at an average of 42.61 in addition to claiming 23 wickets at 23.52 apiece.

Nathan Bamber also has 23 scalps and, with an average of 23.69, isn't far behind Higgins, while the two established acts - namely Tim Murtagh (21 at 20.71) and Toby Roland-Jones (21 at 31.90) - have also dipped their bread.

Another plus in a season of relatively few for Middlesex has been the emergence of 21-year-old spinner Josh De Caires, who has grabbed ten wickets in two championship appearances recently on top of suggesting we can expect more with the bat.

But it's how the willow has been wielded by the North Londoners this summer that has caused much consternation. Max Holden and Stevie Eskinazi might have topped their T20 batting averages, but in the championship they are averaging 18.20 and 14.58 respectively.

At most other counties that's the sort of form that gets you dropped, if others are knocking on the door.

That said, Sam Robson (459 runs at 35.30) seems to be coming into a bit of form after becoming the first Middlesex player in this season's championship to reach three figures, against Northants. If there's one man you can always depend on for late order runs it has to be wicketkeeper John Simpson (387 runs at 27.64).

Two players who could be key for Surrey are Rory Burns and Dan Worrall.

Burns has been short of runs of late, but his first-class record against Middlesex is a respectable 909 runs at an average of 53.47, including three centuries. Worrall versus the North Londoners with the ball reads 16 f-c wickets at 20.25, including a couple of five-fers.

Surrey v Middlesex - First-Class Records Sheet


Will Jacks looks set to make his 50th first-class appearance. Jordan Clark, with 2,859 f-c runs and 196 f-c wickets, has two milestones in his sights, as Ben Foakes (7,831) approaches 8,000 first-class runs. Meanwhile, Middlesex's John Simpson (8,891) is closing in on a 9,000th f-c run.


Surrey have named an unchanged 14-man squad that includes Gus Atkinson, Ryan Patel and Cameron Steel.

OPPONENT DATE VENUE RESULT
Nottinghamshire 10-13 Jul 2023 The Oval Match Drawn
Lancashire 25-28 Jun 2023 The Oval Lost By 123 Runs
Kent 11-14 Jun 2023 Canterbury Won By 5 Wickets
Kent 18-20 May 2023 The Oval Won By 10 Wickets
Middlesex 11-14 May 2023 The Oval Won By 9 Wickets


The last time Surrey tasted championship success at Lordís was back in 1997, when Saqlain Mushtaq bowled the South Londoners to an innings victory with figures of 5-50 and 5-66. The Oval outfitís four-day record in NW8 since then reads P12, W0, D7, L5. But such are the dark clouds hanging over North London, the only thing that could save Middlesex is if they deposit the rain the forecasters are saying is on its way.


M.Stoneman, S.Robson, P.Malan, M.Holden, R.Higgins, J.Simpson (wk), J.De Caires, T.Roland-Jones (capt), T.Helm, E.Bamber and T.Murtagh.


Steve O'Shaughnessey and Rob White.

DATE RESULT VENUE SURREY MIDDX
11-14 May 2023 Won By 9 Wickets The Oval 380 & 73-1 209 & 240
20-23 May 2021 Match Drawn The Oval 190 & 259-2d 160 & 250-6
22-24 Apr 2021 Lost By 10 Wickets Lord's 154 & 130 268 & 18-0
1-4 Aug 2020 Lost By 190 Runs The Oval 282 & 123 347-6d & 248-6d
28-31 Aug 2017 Match Drawn The Oval 280 247 & 214-7
19-22 May 2017 Match Drawn Lord's 313 & 339 411 & 92-2
4-7 Aug 2016 Match Drawn Lord's 415 & 266-7d 293 & 278-6
15-18 May 2016 Match Drawn The Oval 242 & 98-0 395
3-5 Sep 2013 Lost By 146 Runs The Oval 145 & 238 294 & 235-9d
2-5 May 2013 Match Drawn Lord's 338 & 85-1 166 & 514-8d
15-18 Aug 2012 Won By 8 Runs The Oval 144 & 341 232 & 245
12-15 Apr 2012 Lost By 3 Runs Lord's 222 & 137 256 & 106
20-23 Jul 2011 Lost By 6 Wickets Guildford 117 & 379 308 & 190-4
27-29 Apr 2011 Lost By An Inns & 42 Runs Lord's 203 & 200 445
29-31 Jul 2010 Lost By An Inns & 44 Runs Lord's 167 & 212 423
17-20 May 2010 Match Drawn The Oval 490 & 207-3d 324 & 189-3
30 Jun - 3 Jul 2009 Match Drawn Lord's 392 & 99-5 385 & 246-5d
6-9 May 2009 Match Drawn The Oval 388 & 242 445 & 184-9
21-24 Sep 2005 Won By An Inns & 39 Runs The Oval 686-5d 404-5d & 243
8-11 Jun 2005 Match Drawn Lord's 460 437 & 353-6d

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