Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A Tale of Two Counties.

Middlesex have the oldest captain in County Cricket; Shaun Udal is now 41.

On the other side of the Thames, Surrey have the youngest; Rory Hamilton-Brown is 22 and has never captained a county side before.

Yesterday Middlesex signed young Australian T20 opener David Warner for their FP T20 campaign.

Yesterday Surrey signed Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds for theirs.

Warner is 23, and has a long international career ahead of him.

Symonds is 34; and having been suspended from Australian selection thrice in a year, is very unlikely to ever play internationally again.

Warner is in top form in the IPL, having hit a brutal 107 from 69 balls for the Delhi Daredevils as they beat the Kolkata Knight Riders, with Delhi sure to reach the semi-finals

Symonds has been inconsistent as the Deccans have struggled to defend their IPL title; looking set to miss out on the knockout stage.

Warner will join Adam Gilchrist at Middlesex, as well as internationals Eoin Morgan, Owais Shah, Pedro Collins and Iain O'Brien.

Symonds will join world record holder James Benning, Mark Ramprakash and Piyush Chawla.

Middlesex are a side who are rebuilding.

Surrey are a side who are rebuilding.

I look forward to the opening partnership of Gilchrist and Warner at Lord's - and pub landlords around Vauxhall are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Symonds. I'd guess that Udal will have an easier time captaining Gilly and Lloyd than Chris Adams and RH-B do with Roy. With such world stars as Symonds, Warner, Gilchrist, Sangakkara, Tait, Nannes, Pollard, Dilshan and Gibbs, it's clear that this years Twenty20 Cup will be of great quality. And hopefully there'll be the same result as 2008.


  1. So a Middlesex supporter then.

    They were fantastic in 2008, I saw most of their home matches that season - and of course finals day..ho hum.....but I had predicted they would win.

  2. Finals day was great - shame for you that Durham didn't turn up! Not sure if we're going to do anything this year after last year's disaster but let's see...