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Middlesex’s rising star, MCC University graduate Toby Roland-Jones, says his side can gain promotion from the LV County Championship’s second tier in 2011.
Middlesex start their championship campaign, at Lord’s, against Essex on 14 April.
Roland-Jones made an impressive start to his county career in 2010, taking 38 wickets in just eight first-class matches.
Despite his impressive form, Middlesex finished bottom of the second division of the county championship.
However, Roland-Jones is confident that they will avoid the same fate this season - and hopes to be playing first division cricket in 2012.
"We at Middlesex feel we’ve been underachieving in the last few seasons." said the 23-year-old.
"I feel we’ve got the strength in depth to make a real go of getting out of division two this year."
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Roland-Jones kicked off his 2011 season by playing in MCC’s victory over Nottinghamshire in the Champion County fixture in Abu Dhabi.
The seamer took match figures of 4-69 in his first encounter with a pink ball in day/night First Class conditions.
His appearance at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium continued a long association with MCC which began when he was a student at Leeds/Bradford MCCU.
As well as giving him the chance to get some overs under his belt, Roland-Jones also played under his new Middlesex team-mate and MCC captain Chris Rogers for the first time.
"I played my cricket at Leeds University and on the back of that got signed for Middlesex." he added.
"So it was nice to play for the senior MCC team out here and get a win under our belts.
"It also went well for me personally. It was good to get some overs under the belt and to add a few wickets to that.
"It is good to be outside for a change and not indoors in the gym.
"It’s also the first time I’ve properly met Chris Rogers so it’s good to get to know him and I’m sure I’ll see him scoring a lot of runs this year."