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Compton: promotion still within our reach

PUBLISHED: 14:24 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 August 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09:  Nick Compton of Middlesex hits out during day 4 of the LV County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex on May 9, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Nick Compton of Middlesex hits out during day 4 of the LV County Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex on May 9, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

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By Ben Kosky MIDDLESEX batsman Nick Compton is confident the impetus of their Twenty20 Cup recovery can propel the team to promotion in the County Championship. The Panthers regained some pride in their final three Twenty20 games, winning two and matching

By Ben Kosky

MIDDLESEX batsman Nick Compton is confident the impetus of their Twenty20 Cup recovery can propel the team to promotion in the County Championship.

The Panthers regained some pride in their final three Twenty20 games, winning two and matching Sussex well in the third before throwing away victory in the penultimate over.

And opening batsman Compton believes Middlesex - who lay second from bottom of Division Two before their four-day clash with Surrey - have now turned the corner.

"One reason we struggled was confidence, the second would be the change of players from last year," Compton told the Times.

"Now people understand their roles better. For example, I hadn't opened in Twenty20 cricket until the first three or four games and now I realise you don't need to panic, you've got more time to pick your areas.

"It's a shame the competition's ended for us and I think a lot of people feel that way - we now have a formula that has come with time, but Twenty20 is quick and fast and it's too little, too late.

"The important thing is that a lot of the batsmen are now in good form - before we had [Eoin] Morgan and [Owais] Shah away, there was a bit of chopping and changing and that didn't make it easy.

"There's no reason why we can't take the momentum from these last three games into the County Championship and there's still a chance to go up.

"It's been a bit stop-start and difficult to get any routine or rhythm and we have to win some games, that's for sure, but there's no need to panic - the bulk of the season starts now."

Fortune has yet to favour Middlesex in the four-day game this season, with a combination of factors denying them what seemed certain victories over Leicestershire and Essex.

PACEMAN David Burton's trial period with Middlesex has been extended until the end of the season following his recent impressive displays against Gloucestershire and Sussex.


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