Middlesex County Cricket Club is a major county club in the English and Welsh County Cricket. The limited over’s name for the club is The Middlesex Panthers and they play their home games at Lords Cricket ground. The club was founded on the 2nd of February 1864. The club was created, mainly thanks to the Walker family, who had previously created a Middlesex Team five years earlier.
Middlesex County Cricket Club played at Lillie Bridge Grounds in Fulham, London, between 1864 and 1872. The club’s first game was against Sussex County Cricket Club at Islington on the 6th and the 7th of July 1864. The club left Lillie Bridge in 1872, because of the low quality of the turf on the site. At this point the club’s future was brought into contention and only survived on a vote, with the winning vote gaining seven votes to six. For the next four years the club made its home at Prince’s Cricket Ground, in Chelsea, London. After this period the club moved again in 1877, this time to Lord’s Cricket Ground, which has been its home since.
Middlesex won their first County Championship in 1903. In the next fifty years they would only win it another four times, however the club’s most successful days were still to come. Between 1971 and 1997, under the captaincy of Mike Brearly and Mike Gatting, the club won the County Championship seven times, the FP Trophy four times and the Benson and Hedges Cup twice.
In more recent times, the club has seen its ups and downs. In 2007, Middlesex County Cricket Club came third in Division two, earning a playoff game against Northamptonshire Steelbacks, which they went on to win easily. Being promoted to the Pro40 Division one was a joy that lasted one year as the side was relegated the next season. However, in their promotion season, the club made history by becoming the first side to ever gain entry to both the Stanford Super Series and the Twenty20 Champions League.
Middlesex County Cricket Club has had twenty presidents, seven chairmen in their history and announced Angus Fraser as Managing Director of Cricket in 2009. Also in 2009, the one day team was required to change their name after complaints from one or two Muslim and Jewish fans who found their original name, the Middlesex Crusaders, to be offensive. The club decided to be careful and changed their name to the Middlesex Panthers.
This is only a short history of the club. For more information go to the Club’s Website.