VINNY Codrington was in buoyant mood after the ECB granted Middlesex six County Championship matches at Lord’s in 2012 in fixtures published this week.
With the Home of Cricket out of bounds during London 2012 and still two test matches due to be played in St Johns Wood, it was feared Middlesex would be forced to play at least three four-day games on out grounds in their first season back at the County Championships top table since 2006.
However, it seems the game’s guardians smiled upon them requiring only two home games to be played away from NW8, leaving Chief Executive Codrington more than satisfied.
He said: “Despite the Olympics being held at Lord’s we’re delighted that we’re playing six LV County Championship matches here.
“It has only been in the last couple of years that we’ve played seven matches, and although the fixture list means that five of those six matches are played early in the season, we are still delighted with the outcome.”
Skipper Neil Dexter and his men begin their Championship cricket with a trip to last season’s runners-up Somerset on April 5 before welcoming Surrey, Durham and Worcestershire through the Grace Gates.
Five of the six games at Lords will have been completed by the time stumps are drawn on the return clash with Somerset on June 8 and there will be no other four-day cricket until champions Lancashire visit for the final game of the campaign on September 4.
The county’s other two home fixtures, Nottinghamshire (July 11-14) and Warwickshire (August 1-4) will be staged at Uxbridge.