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Ireland: Middlesex can challenge

New seam bowler Anthony Ireland wants to help Middlesex compete for honours after moving to Lord's from Gloucestershire on a two-year contract.

Dangerous attack

The 26-year-old Zimbabwean international topped the averages for Gloucestershire in county fixtures last season, picking up 36 First-class wickets at 21.77.

He joins the likes of last season’s most improved player Toby Roland-Jones in an attack which can also include England star Steve Finn.

Middlesex start next season in the second division of both the County Championship and the Clydesdale Bank 40 competitions.

Despite their disappointing 2010 campaign however, Ireland is confident he will form a part of a trophy challenging outfit under Director of Cricket Angus Fraser.

Fantastic challenge

"I am delighted to be moving to Middlesex CCC." said Ireland, who has played 26 times for his country.

"It is a fantastic challenge for me at this stage of my career and I am really looking forward to playing regularly at Lord's and helping Middlesex push for honours.

"I met with Angus Fraser and was impressed with what he had to say and his vision for the club moving forward.

"I believe the club has the strength, depth and talent in the squad to be a very successful side in the next few years and I am looking forward to contributing to it."

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