KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
© Copyright 2013
Home Toby Roland- Jones signs extension
Former Leeds-Bradford MCCU, Toby Roland-Jones has signed an extension to his contract with Middlesex CCC.
The deal means that Roland-Jones will be available to play for Middlesex CCC at least until the end of the 2014 domestic cricket season.
MCCU to Middlesex
Roland-Jones led the Leeds/Bradford UCCE bowling attack in 2009 as they won the MCC Universities championship title.
Some outstanding performances for Leeds-Bradford UCCE alerted his talents to Middlesex CCC who secured his signature in the winter of 2009/10.
Roland-Jones quickly moved through from the second eleven and in the two seasons he has spent with the club he has taken 68 wickets at an average of 22.
These figures highlighted his huge potential as a bowler and gained the 23 year-old an inclusion in England’s winter Performance Programme.
Commenting on Roland-Jones’ signing, Middlesex CCC’s Managing Director of cricket Angus Fraser, said:
“It is great for Middlesex CCC to have secured Toby’s services for at least the next three years.
"Like John Simpson, who signed a contract extension before Christmas, Toby is an extremely talented and hard-working player.
"These are the type of cricketers I want to build Middlesex’s future around.
"Hopefully he will be bowling for Middlesex CCC for the next ten years or more."
Great start to season with MCC
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.
Toby then went on to pick up 22 wickets in the 2011 LV County Championship, at an average of 28.18
Angus Fraser has been impressed with his rapid ascent up the ranks at Middlesex and believes the future is bright.
“Toby has come a long way in an extremely short space of time. This time two years ago there was a danger he may have slipped out of the game.
"He is now one of the most exciting young bowlers in the country; hence his involvement in this winter’s England Performance Programme.
"Toby has and continues to benefit from working with Richard Johnson, Middlesex CCC’s Assistant Coach and there is still plenty of scope for him to become an even better bowler.
"With Steven Finn looking more like an international bowler every week Toby is set to get the chance to secure a permanent place in our first team."