Middlesex will play a T20 match and a county championship match at Old Merchant Taylors' School this week

Watford Observer: Watford-born Middlesex bowler Steve Finn. Picture: Action Images Watford-born Middlesex bowler Steve Finn. Picture: Action Images

Middlesex will play at Old Merchant Taylors’ Cricket Club within the grounds of Merchant Taylors’ School for the first time ever this weekend.

On Sunday, Middlesex Panthers will take on Hampshire in their T20 match on the Old Merchant Taylors’ pitch before taking on Sussex in a Division One County Championship clash from Monday until Thursday.

Middlesex have played at Merchant Taylors’ School previously – in 2012 against Durham University and in second XI matches – but have never played on Old Merchant Taylors’ pitch.

Top of the Division One after six matches, Middlesex have been partly inspired by the form of Watford-born Steve Finn.

The 25-year-old former Parmiter’s School pupil is set to return to close to his home town in superb form and is currently the leading wicket-taker in Division One with 29 scalps so far.

Finn has thrived with Middlesex so far this season, twice claiming five-wicket hauls in the early stages of the campaign as he bids to play his way back into England contention after being released from England’s tour party to Australia during the winter.

Middlesex have not fared as well in the T20 thus far, losing both of their opening South Division matches against Essex and Sussex in a double-header last Saturday.

Visitors Hampshire also lost their T20 season opener to Glamorgan a week ago.

Tickets for Sunday’s T20 clash are available on the gate and are priced at £18 for adults and £5 for children. The game starts at 2.30pm.

The following day the County Championship match with Sussex gets underway at 11am, with tickets available on the gate once more and priced at £15/£5.

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11:43am Fri 23 May 14

Mad_Hat says...

Anyone know why they're not using Radlett CC after spending all that money on it?
Anyone know why they're not using Radlett CC after spending all that money on it? Mad_Hat
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1:27pm Fri 23 May 14

Jonathan Winsky says...

Mad_Hat wrote:
Anyone know why they're not using Radlett CC after spending all that money on it?
The pitches are being relaid at Radlett, so the ground is not in a position to stage a Middlesex 1st XI match this year, and is also unable to stage as many 2nd XI matches compared to previous years. However, Middlesex's hierarchy often tell attendees at the club’s forums that they intend to begin playing a couple of 1st XI matches at Radlett each season at some point, and they seem keen to play a County Championship match there. I imagine the ground will return to the fixturelist in 2015.

However, as I live in Wembley, I very much prefer Merchant Taylors’ School than Radlett, as MTS is easier to get to and is within the London Transport zonal system.

As a Watford FC fan, I was looking forward to Middlesex playing in Watford Observer territory when they played Yorkshire at Radlett last year, but I had to attend the play-off final that day instead. It is a shame there will be no repeat for the Hornets this year, but at least it means my focus for this Bank Holiday weekend will totally be on Middlesex.
[quote][p][bold]Mad_Hat[/bold] wrote: Anyone know why they're not using Radlett CC after spending all that money on it?[/p][/quote]The pitches are being relaid at Radlett, so the ground is not in a position to stage a Middlesex 1st XI match this year, and is also unable to stage as many 2nd XI matches compared to previous years. However, Middlesex's hierarchy often tell attendees at the club’s forums that they intend to begin playing a couple of 1st XI matches at Radlett each season at some point, and they seem keen to play a County Championship match there. I imagine the ground will return to the fixturelist in 2015. However, as I live in Wembley, I very much prefer Merchant Taylors’ School than Radlett, as MTS is easier to get to and is within the London Transport zonal system. As a Watford FC fan, I was looking forward to Middlesex playing in Watford Observer territory when they played Yorkshire at Radlett last year, but I had to attend the play-off final that day instead. It is a shame there will be no repeat for the Hornets this year, but at least it means my focus for this Bank Holiday weekend will totally be on Middlesex. Jonathan Winsky
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