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Re: Ryan Higgins moves to Gloucestershire
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 02/10/2017 21:15
It is disappointing that Ryan Higgins’ departure to Gloucestershire is now official. It seems that Middlesex placed some effort to keep him, although it was to no avail. If Higgo feels that he will play more matches in 2018 at Glos than he would have played at Middlesex and would bat higher in the order at Glos, then that would surely be true. If he is looking to win limited-overs silverware, then he has surely made the right decision bearing in mind the amount of trophies they have won since 1999, plus of course we can testify to how dominant they are against us in Twenty20 matches. However, I would like to think he could have played a part in our quest to not only return to division one of the County Championship, but to regain our title of 2016. Assuming the two limited-overs competitions remain regionalised, Higgo will be due face us in all three competitions in 2018, so hopefully he won’t haunt us.

We are now looking for the long-term replacement for James Franklin in the position of all-rounder. In my previous post on this thread, I suggested George Scott could perform this role, although I admit I wrote this without having paid much attention to his 2nd XI performances. In fact, I made my judgement simply because he unexpectedly bowled two overs of medium pace in the Twenty20 match v Essex at Lord’s and dismissed the dangerous Ashar Zaidi, although admittedly he conceded 22 runs. As Scott today signed a contract (although I am not sure how long for), he will have an opportunity to develop his bowling and maybe become an all-rounder.

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