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Radley buoyed by Middlesex title chances

Radley buoyed by Middlesex title chances

Middlesex President Clive Radley believes the county are in with a strong chance of winning the LV= County Championship title this season.

With five more games to play, two of which are at Lord's against Somerset and Nottinghamshire, before a potentially mouth-watering finale against current table-toppers Yorkshire at Headingley, Middlesex are sitting third in the table and in with a real chance of winning their first title in twenty years.

There's nothing better than having a successful side

"It would be nice in my first year of Presidency for the boys to take the title," Radley, who took over from Geoff Norris in April this year, told

"I think they're in a good position. They started well and then they dropped off a little bit towards the first half of the season, but they've regrouped now.

"The key thing is they seem to have got all their seam bowlers fit at the moment.

"If they can last [stay fit] for the last four to five games then they have a good chance."

That seam attack in one of the strongest in the country.

England's Steven Finn is back in the fold after being dropped for the second Test match of the Ashes series at Lord's, while Tim Murtagh has been at his consistent best, with 47 wicket at at average of 18.42 this so far this summer - the third highest in the country behind the Sussex duo Chris Jordan and Steve Magoffin.

With summer signing James Harris fully fit again, along with Corey Colleymore and Toby Roland-Jones, current captain Neil Dexter has plenty of options.

"Murtagh has done particularly well. Any of the others are capable of getting you 70 or 80 wickets a year which is key," Radley added.

"It looks good for the future, even if we don't do it this year."

Middlesex are currently fourteen points behind leaders Yorkshire, and sit just four points off second placed Sussex.

The County last won the title in 1993, when current Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser featured in a team captained by MCC President elect Mike Gatting.

Radley - who won five championships with the county in a 23-year career - believes that Fraser deserves to be singled out for the way he has formed a strong squad.

He commented: "Gus has done an excellent job.

"He's got a good work ethic out of everyone and there is a good ethos in the club.

"He gets everybody to play for Middlesex and be Middlesex 'through and through.'

"These days, you're not going to get everybody born and brought up in the county that they play for - but they all want to be good club men.

"I've talked to a few of them [players] and there seems to be a very good spirit about the team.

"There certainly will be a better one if we won the Championship, or came close, as there's nothing better than having a successful side."

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