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Vitality Blast fact pack: Middlesex

Published: 21st July, 2019

Middlesex are our first visitors to the Kia Oval in this year’s Vitality Blast but how much do you know about our local rivals?

Take a look at our profile of the side who visit us on Tuesday 23rd July before we travel over the River Thames on Thursday 8th August.

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Titles: 1 (2008)

Finals Days: 1

Coach: Stuart Law – The former Australia star arrived over the winter to take charge in all formats, resulting in the departure of Daniel Vettori after two largely unsuccessful campaigns as Middlesex T20 coach.

Captain: Dawid Malan – Barring an Ashes call-up, Malan should captain the side for the duration of the tournament and, if so, will provide a consistency of leadership in this format not seen at Lord’s in recent years.

Overseas signings: AB De Villiers (South Africa – available for at least the first seven matches), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan).

Star Man: Paul Stirling – While he will miss some of Middlesex’s early games due to Test commitments with Ireland, hard-hitting Stirling provides an explosive presence at the top of the batting order, having racked up over 4,500 runs in T20 cricket.

Mr Consistency: Nathan Sowter – Leg-spinner Sowter has developed an encouraging knack of taking wickets in T20 during the last two years, especially in his first over.

Under the radar: George Scott – All-rounder Scott has featured regularly for the first XI this season and, as well as hitting the ball a long way, he is an outstanding fielder either inside the circle or guarding the boundary.

Killer stat: Tom Helm’s figures of 5-11 against Essex in 2017 are the best by a Middlesex bowler in T20.

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