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Re: Middle v Leicestershire 14-17 May 2019
Posted by: Supporting Middlesex since 1999
Date: 12/05/2019 12:05
Although it would be nice if Robbie White and/or Tom Lace could play in this match, the club might be reluctant to cut short their loans, as they are presently getting 1st XI cricket under their belts, and recalling them might make it difficult to send them back out on loan. However, if the situation with player availability gets any worse, Middlesex would have to consider ending those loans, giving someone a 1st XI debut, or recruiting an overseas player.

I think it is intended that Lace will be with Derbyshire all season, although White's loan at Essex is only likely to continue until Adam Wheater is fit again or maybe until Michael Pepper returns.

I would like to think that there is more chance of the availability situation getting better than getting worse, as Dawid Malan and Steven Finn will hopefully return at some point (it is hoped that Finn will be back in a fortnight for the match away to Worcestershire), Paul Stirling and Tim Murtagh should be available for the Worcestershire match as well as much of June, August and September, and Eoin Morgan will have no more England commitments this season after the World Cup. The only bad news is that Martin Andersson is unlikely to play this season, which is a blow for him, as he must be thinking to himself that it could have been he doing what George Scott is doing. The good is that the situation means that Scott is set to make a second County Championship appearance of his career to add to the fact he was an ever-present in our Royal London Cup campaign.

[edited to correct grammar]

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