The hugely popular John Simpson continued his fine form with Middlesex throughout the 2017 season and has maintained his status as a true favourite at Lords.
One of the highlights of the year came when he was presented with the Brooks MacDonald player of the month award for April. The month saw him heavily influence the game against MCC at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, scoring 49 in his first innings and an exemplary unbeaten 89 not out in the second. Coming in at 158-4 he guided Middlesex to the 305 required, keeping an ice cool head despite wickets falling all around him. A subsequent knock of 90 against Essex in the second County Championship match of the season, despite a loss for the team, demonstrated the form John was enjoying. This was followed by an unbeaten 82 against Sussex at Lord’s and a 75 against Surrey at the Kia Oval.
As has become the norm, the month saw John’s top quality glove work behind the stumps continue to position him as one of the leading glove-men in the country, with sixteen catches taken in the period.
Away from Middlesex, John was selected for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to compete in the Hong Kong Sixes tournament at the end of October. Despite failing to gain any overall tournament success, John’s selection was a testament to his special ability as a player.
As John looks ahead to 2018, we hope that he continues to thrive in the Middlesex environment and keeps churning out impressive performances. Early opportunities have arisen in the form of a call up for the South squad, for the second North vs South series, as well as being named in the MCC side for this years Champion County clash to take on 2017 County Championship winners Essex, both of which are to be held in Barbados in March.