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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Middlesex captain Neil Dexter has called for his side to keep winning going into next week’s important championship match against Nottinghamshire.
A one wicket win against a star-studded Surrey side on Friday has meant that Middlesex can hope to turnaround their recent poor form.
The north Londoners play Kent at Uxbridge on Sunday - their final T20 match - before taking on first placed side Notts in four-day cricket at Uxbridge, a ground where the north Londoners have struggled in the past.
“Yeah the plan is to get a win from Sunday and take that confidence into the championship,” the 27-year-old said after the win over Surrey.
“I think we have got to remember that even though we have played some good cricket today, but at Uxbridge it has not really gone our way over the last couple of years.”
Middlesex will play all their home games at their out-ground until the end of the August, because of the London 2012 Olympics and a Test match against South Africa, including two vital championship games.
A positive result against Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge next week would mean that they would keep the pressure on them going into the second half of the competition.
Dexter admitted: “I think we need to be a bit smarter with knowing what the Uxbridge wicket is all about.
“It is a change from Lord’s where have played some really good cricket over the last couple of years.”
Friday’s win against London rivals Surrey was made even more notable by the number of unlikely heroes pushing Middlesex to victory.
One of the those heroes, 20-year-old Ollie Wilkin, scored a vital 28, but is unlikely to play next week’s four-day game but he certainly threw his hat in the ring for the future.
Although Dexter concedes that he knew little of the youngster before the Essex match on Thursday where Wilkin had made his debut.
“I must admit that I didn’t know too much about him,” said Dexter.
“On Thursday night he showed with the ball what he was capable of when he took three wickets and then again tonight with the bat – there’s a lot about him.
“But he has still got to do a lot to get into the championship side.
“But there is something about him, he has got a lot of presence for a young guy and he backs himself a 100 per cent.”