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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
On his royal visit to Grenada Prince Harry (middle) paid a visit to the Jason Roberts Foundation to see the work they are doing in the Caribbean. Here he is pictured alongside founder Jason Roberts (left) and Sean Fitzpatrick, the former All Blacks captain.

The Stonebridge-based Jason Roberts Foundation continues to reach out far and wide, with Prince Harry witnessing the work they do on his royal visit to Grenada this week.

Middlesex's John Simpson

John Simpson wants Middlesex’s County Championship title triumph to be the first of many after they wrenched the crown from Yorkshire in thrilling fashion.

Middlesex's Stevie Eskinazi clips a shot past Yorkshire fielder Alex Lees during his unbeaten 78 in the second innings at Lord's.

Stevie Eskinazi admits it may be hard to top the satisfaction of helping Middlesex to County Championship glory in the rest of his career.

Middlesex captain James Franklin displays the County Championship trophy

While most cricket fans inside Lord’s and beyond were entranced by the exciting spectacle that unfolded on Friday, there were also some voicing outrage.

Middlesex bowler Toby Roland-Jones celebrates taking the wicket of Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom to win the County Championship at Lord's

Middlesex hat-trick hero Toby Roland-Jones says the squad were always confident in their ability to become county champions this year.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones and captain James Franklin celebrate with the Specsavers County Championship trophy

Middlesex dethroned Yorkshire in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to win their first County Championship title since 1993.

Yorkshire's Tim Bresnan hit 142 not out against Middlesex at Lord's

Tim Bresnan’s unbeaten century kept Yorkshire on course for a hat-trick of County Championship titles – and all but ended Middlesex’s hopes of snatching their crown.

Toby Roland-Jones bowling for Middlesex

Toby Roland-Jones’ four-wicket return was not enough to prevent Yorkshire gaining the upper hand over Middlesex on day two of their County Championship decider at Lord’s.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

As a team, we’ve done so well this season and to put the sprinkle dust on it with the championship would be absolutely awesome.

Middlesex's Nick Gubbins

Nick Gubbins hit an unbeaten century to hold the Middlesex innings together on the opening day of their crucial County Championship clash with Yorkshire at Lord’s.

Toby Roland-Jones bowling for Middlesex

Given Yorkshire’s recent domination of domestic cricket, it’s no surprise to see them well represented among England squads in all formats of the game.

Former England international Chris Lewis will be playing in South Hampstead's annual six-a-side charity day. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Former England all-rounder Chris Lewis will be returning to South Hampstead on Sunday to take part in the club’s annual six-a-side charity day.

Middlesex's Ollie Rayner

Ollie Rayner is one of the few players in the Middlesex dressing room who knows how it feels to be part of a title-winning squad.

John Fosbraey playing for Brondesbury in 2013. Pic: Paolo Minoli

John Fosbraey’s former team-mate and flatmate Ben Claypole has paid tribute to the ex-Brondesbury captain, who died from cancer last week at the age of 38.

John Simpson of Middlesex. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Middlesex’s John Simpson says the County Championship leaders must carry the euphoria of their win over Nottinghamshire into their next game at Old Trafford.

Harrow Town captain Gihan Herath. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Harrow Town captain Gihan Herath has admitted he expected his side to fare a lot better than they actually did this season – having originally targeted a top-four finish.

Nottinghamshire's Jake Ball

Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball wrecked Middlesex’s top order for the second time in the match to leave their County Championship title hopes on a knife-edge.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (second from right) has hailed the squad's togetherness after they secured promotion to the Premier Division. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Adam Wilson has hailed the togetherness and unity in the Brondesbury squad, insisting it went a long way towards them securing promotion to the Middlesex County League Premier Division.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

At this stage of the championship, all you can do is focus on yourselves and what you’re able to control – as simple as that.

James Franklin of Middlesex is congratulated by his team-mates after taking a wicket in the County Championship match against Lancashire earlier this season. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

Most of the lads have got some relaxation over the last week or two – and now we’re re-energised and ready for the big push.

Brondesbury's Buddy Mason (left) celebrates after dismissing Highgate's Chris Arul at Harman Drive. Pic: Max Flego

James Overy believes Brondesbury have proved they are on the right track even if they miss out on promotion to the Premier Division of the Middlesex County League this weekend.

Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh

With just a month of the season remaining, Middlesex appear better-placed to become county champions than at any time since their last title 23 years ago.

Kenton chairman Ankit Shah. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Kenton CC’s anniversary celebrations should go ahead on Sunday regardless of whether they take place in the shadow of relegation, according to skipper Ashish Karia.

Harry Podmore in T20 action for Middlesex

Harry Podmore says the success of his contemporaries at Middlesex this season has helped motivate him to make his mark in four-day cricket.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

If anyone asked you for a blueprint of how to play four-day cricket, I think you’d show them a recording of our game against Durham.

Brondesbury captain Adam Wilson (second from right) gets a hug after the third of his five wickets against Barnes. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury secured a vital victory in the promotion battle on Saturday, beating Barnes by seven wickets and leapfrogging them into second place.

George Bailey batting for Middlesex. Pic: Matt Bright

Departing Middlesex batsman George Bailey feels the team’s tenacity gives them a fighting chance of becoming county champions at the end of the season.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

Naturally we’re all gutted that we didn’t go further in the T20 – but it’s important to reflect on the campaign as a whole and see the positives of it.

Northamptonshire's Adam Rossington

Former Middlesex player Adam Rossington ended his old club’s hopes of NatWest T20 Blast glory as they were eliminated by Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the quarter-final.

Brondesbury's centurion Hugh Gimber, pictured batting against promotion rivals Hornsey with Chetan Patel (left) looking on. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hugh Gimber and James Overy shared a 150-run opening partnership as Brondesbury beat Acton by 80 runs and climbed back above Hornsey in the Division Two promotion race.

Middlesex's John Simpson

John Simpson has urged Middlesex to pick up where they left off in the County Championship as they resume their four-day campaign with a derby against Surrey.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

We felt like we’d done enough this year to get through in the Royal London Cup – but it wasn’t to be.

Surrey's  Ben Foakes

Middlesex missed out on a place in the Royal London Cup quarter-finals after they were beaten by Surrey in a severely rain-reduced tie at Lord’s.

General view of play at Lord's

Middlesex edged out Essex in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals.

Essex's Ashar Zaidi

Pakistan all-rounder Ashar Zaidi blazed an unbeaten half-century to strengthen Essex’s chances of joining Middlesex in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

Nathan Sowter has become a regular member of Middlesex's T20 side. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Leg-spinner Nathan Sowter is seeking to play his part in a rare Twenty20 double for Middlesex this season.

Middlesex's Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan feels Middlesex’s impressive County Championship form has been a key factor in their recent improvement in white-ball cricket.

Eoin Morgan batting for Middlesex

Middlesex overcame Surrey in front of a record crowd at Lord’s to strengthen their hopes of reaching the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.

Brondesbury's James Overy. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Brondesbury batsman James Overy feels the Harman Drive side have had a useful boost of confidence after they triumphed without their talismanic overseas star Glenn Phillips and leapt into the top two places in Division Two.

Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins

At this stage of the season, you want to make sure you’re still involved in all three competitions, and that’s certainly the case at Middlesex.

Middlesex's Ryan Higgins

Ryan Higgins says a new mindset in the Middlesex dressing room this season has propelled them into the hunt for a NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final spot.

Middlesex's Dawid Malan

Not for the first time, Middlesex’s prospects of progress in both limited-overs cup competitions appear to be hanging in the balance.

Middlesex's Toby Roland-Jones

Being called up to the Test squad for the first time was a pretty special feeling – and not to have seen it coming made it all the more special.

South Hampstead's Karthik Jagannathan. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Karthik Jagannathan took seven wickets as South Hampstead regained their dominance on home turf, overcoming fellow promotion contenders MTSSC by three wickets in Division Three of the Middlesex County League.

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