Dawid Malan was already looking back to his fluent and natural best at the end of June, when hitting an unbeaten 154 against Northamptonshire at Lord’s in the last LV= County Championship fixture of the month. He came into July looking in equally good touch, getting the month underway with another fine century in Middlesex’s first innings against Somerset at Uxbridge, and a further 48 in the second innings. He followed this up with another half century in the very next LV= County Championship match against Yorkshire at Scarborough, the fifth time he’d reached fifty this term.
With 276 first-class runs in July at an average of 69 and 142 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast at an average of 47.33, Dawid Malan has been named as Middlesex County Cricket Club’s Brooks Macdonald Player of the Month for July 2014.
In what was a difficult month for Middlesex on the field, Malan shone in July, and his patient innings of 124 against Somerset at Uxbridge was crucial in helping Middlesex build a first innings lead. With overs lost to rain, Malan’s second innings knock of 48 at a much higher tempo was equally as important in taking Middlesex towards a declaration total as they chased victory in vain at Park Road.
Against Championship leaders Yorkshire at Scarborough, Malan’s innings of 78 was compiled in bowler friendly conditions and under immense pressure, as when he was joined at the crease by Middlesex’s number six, John Simpson, Middlesex were in deep trouble at 11 for 4. Malan and Simpson then put together a 168 fifth wicket partnership to help Middlesex close in on Yorkshire’s first innings total.
Away from four day cricket Malan has also shown glimpses of his best form in the short format of the game with the white ball, hitting 142 runs at 47.33 in the Middlesex Panthers closing four group matches of a disappointing NatWest T20 Blast campaign, including a fine knock of 68 not out against Glamorgan off 48 balls.
Dawid was this afternoon presented with a magnum of Brooks Macdonald champagne and a cheque for £1,000 in front of the Pavilion at Lord’s during the interval of today’s one-day warm up match against the Indians.
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