Pink Panthers but no Inspector Clouseau in sight
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With a newly acquired one day nickname, it was the right time to lay down a positive marker for the rest of the domestic season.
Let’s hope people don’t start comparing the Middlesex Panthers (wearing pink) to the famous Inspector Clouseau. Quite frequently last year we would play good one day cricket in patches. This year we are aiming to play consistently high quality short format cricket.
Winning the toss against Scotland and batting first on a used wicket with plenty of runs in it allowed our openers to make the most of the conditions.
Both openers played flamboyant, risk free cricket, making the most of the powerplay overs as every team tries to do. Phil Hughes continued his week of runs with a 53 ball fifty, shortly followed by Billy Godleman with his off 48 deliveries.
All of this was very pleasant to watch from the dressing room balcony which allowed me time to have my back and shoulder loosened by the physio, ready to bowl in the afternoon.
Being my first game back at Lord’s in 2009 it was mouth-watering to be having lamb shank for lunch. Linda and her kitchen staff do sterling work at keeping us fed and satisfied. There is nothing worse than hungry, unhappy bowlers after lunch. Especially on a flat wicket.
After setting 304 we had a very defendable total. Chris Silverwood’s return to competitive action, after injury for nearly a year, was a huge positive for us, especially with the amount of cricket we have this season.
I bowled first change from the Pavilion End and felt in good rhythm after one over. It was an awesome feeling to be bowling at Lord’s again, especially after my minor ankle injury of the last three weeks.
Taking my first wicket of the season was also immensely satisfying, even though it was from a mis-timed pull to mid on. Returning figures of 6-1-21-2 was a good way to justify my selection for the team and a spot I hope to nail down over the coming weeks with consistent performances.
This was also the first opportunity to sing our new victory song, something that we want to be doing a lot more of over the rest of the season.
There was no better way to start our campaign in the Friends Provident Trophy than with a dominating win like this. We will all be striving for consistency within our own games and the team's game in order to help us reach our first Lord’s final for a long time.