Middlesex players will stay focused, says Tim Murtagh

Tim Murtagh

Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh says the side will not get carried away with their start to the season.

The Lord's outfit sit top of the County Championship after winning their opening two games.

The 31-year-old told BBC London 94.9: "Gus [Fraser, managing director of cricket] will definitely make sure we keep our feet on the ground.

"Things can change around quickly. It has been an ideal start but you don't win anything in April."

The Ireland international added: "There have been a lot of nice things said but it means nothing unless we go out there and perform.

"We have put down a bit of a marker but there is a long, hard slog in front of us."

Murtagh starred in Middlesex's nine-wicket victory over Derbyshire last week, taking figures of 5-12 in the second innings.

With England fast-bowler Steve Finn taking six wickets in the game and Toby Roland-Jones rounding off the match with a hat-trick, Murtagh says their bowling attack is shaping up well.

"Any time you get a hat-trick is a rare thing so I was pleased for Toby," he said.

"Finny chipped in with a couple [in the second innings] and even Gareth Berg, when he bowled, bowled really nicely to the left-handers and kept things tight from his end.

"We pride ourselves on our bowling partnerships and it worked well.

"Any time Finny is back for us it gives us a bit more firepower.

"There is healthy competition now amongst the bowlers and we have still got James Harris to come back in. He is a quality bowler as well.

"There will be some selection dilemmas there for the next game.

"If we can all stay fit and fresh then we can rotate around. That is the ideal case but it doesn't always work out like that."

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