Middlesex’s Nick Compton is looking forward to returning to his former stomping ground, Old Deer Park, when his side take on Gloucestershire in the T20 Blast on Sunday, writes Tom Moore.

The former England opener, who has two Test match centuries, started out playing for Richmond CC and still remains good friends with people at the club.

And he paid tribute to the support he received from there ahead of his return.

He said: “I was at Richmond as a youngster and I have fond memories of being down there. I’m looking forward to going back there to play professionally at Old Deer Park.

“The friends and support I got away from the professional environment was special. It was good to play there on Saturdays and learn my trade but it was good to meet up with a group of guys I got on with.

“I do try and pop my head in when I can. Chris Goldie who is on the committee at Middlesex is the life and soul of the club. Alex Griffiths, the first team captain, is still a good friend of mine.”

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Compton’s knowledge of the wicket will be key and he has advised his team-mates to take advantage of the short straight boundaries.

He explained: “Everyone will be looking to hit it straight as the boundaries are quite short. Let’s hope it’s a nice day with a flat wicket.”

Middlesex have won two and lost three of their five games in the competition but Compton believes they have enough qualities to make the latter stages.

He added: “Our bowling attack looks formidable and we’ve got some exciting batsmen as well. Paul Stirling has been phenomenal while Dawid Malan made a brilliant hundred earlier in the competition.”

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