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BBC London commentator Kevin Hand believes the wheels are moving in the right direction for Middlesex after another strong year in the LV= County Championship.
Hand, who has commentated on the county for the last eight years for BBC Radio, attributes the appointment of Angus Fraser as the club's Managing Director of Cricket in 2008 to an upturn in fortunes for a side who had been struggling.
The belief is now there
Having been promoted to the LV= County Championship Division One last season, after spending five seasons in Division Two, the side performed extremely well to finish third on their return to the top tier of English cricket.
And despite their assault on the title running slightly on empty at the tail end of the season, Hand was full of praise for the manner in which Middlesex have returned to the upper echelons of the county game.
"There was a little element of the unknown at the start of last season," he told the Lord's Podcast.
"There is no doubt that the quality in depth is there in Division One that perhaps isn't there in Division Two…but when Middlesex have their first XI on the field, even without Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan, you still look at their side on paper and know it's as good as anything else around.
"They know they've been a little bit light on runs this year and it's something that they will have to resolve. If there is an area that is lacking, it's the runs in their middle order.
"But the belief is now there."
Lords.org's Will Roe joins Kevin Hand for the Middlesex special, which also features the thoughts of club President and MCC Universities Combined XI coach Clive Radley and 1993 title winning skipper takes a trip down memory lane to recall Phil Tufnell ruffling Sir Viv Richards' feathers. There is also a story about a Middlesex fan finding one of Paul Stirling's lost balls after it was hit out of the Ground.