Roland-Jones: Surrey game a one-off
Toby Roland-Jones does not think he will be involved in another game of cricket quite like the one which saw Middlesex defeat London rivals Surrey by three runs in the LV= County Championship last week.
Middlesex claimed a 34-run first-innings lead but they could only set Rory Hamilton-Brown’s side a target of 141 after being bowled out for 106 at Lord’s.
And at 101 for four, Surrey appeared in pole position for victory but they collapsed to 137 all out, with Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh claiming four wickets apiece in a thrilling encounter.
“I’ve never played in a game of cricket like that and I don’t know if I ever will again to be honest,” Roland-Jones told ecb.co.uk.
“We’ve just got to enjoy that but at the same, try not to dwell too much on it because we’ve got to try and use that as a kick-start to our season.”
The narrow triumph ensured Middlesex bounced back after they began their return to Division One with a six-wicket defeat at Somerset.
That result did little to dampen the mood of Roland-Jones, who believes Middlesex more than held their own at Taunton, although the 21-year-old is confident they are capable of improving further in their clash with Durham this week.
“We competed pretty pretty well at Somerset and had one or two sessions that let us down really so we came away disappointed but also knowing that we had enough to compete with the better teams in this division,” he added.
“Surrey was a similar thing with that session when we got bowled out for a hundred (sic) so luckily this time we managed to escape.
“And now we need to make sure every session that we compete in, we don’t have these little blips that at the moment are costing us or as they did against Surrey, nearly costing us.”