Tuesday 25 February 2014 

New Stamps Celebrate Middlesex's 150th Anniversary

New Stamps Celebrate Middlesex's 150th Anniversary
The new stamps feature 10 of Middlesex's most famous players
© Royal Mail
 

Royal Mail have issued a special set of stamps to commemorate Middlesex County Cricket Club's 150-year anniversary, which is being celebrated this year.

The special sheet of 10 stamps have been issued to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Middlesex County Cricket Club (Middlesex CCC)

Mike Gatting and Andrew Strauss feature on the sheet amongst 10 of the greatest ever players to play for Middlesex CCC

The sheet costs £14.95 and is available online at www.royalmail.com/middlesex and at selected Post Offices across the UK  

The set of 10 stamps features some of the club's most famous and recognised players sitting next to fireworks stamps.

They are Sir Pelham 'Plum' Warner, George 'Gubby' Allen, Denis Compton, Fred Titmus, Mike Gatting, Patsy Hendren, Robert Walter Robins, John Edrich, Michael Brearley and Andrew Strauss.

The club was founded in 1864 when it was formally constituted by a gathering of 'Gentlemen of Middlesex' and its first match was played on 6th and 7th June 1864 against Sussex.

They won by an innings and 52 runs, and over the last 150 years have become one of England's most successful teams, winning the County Championship 10 times, claiming six one-day titles and the Twenty20 Cup in 2008.

Gatting, one of the players featured on the stamps, led Middlesex during a golden period during the 1980s. Between 1983 and 1992, they won the County Championship three times, the NatWest Trophy twice, the Benson & Hedges cup twice and the Sunday League.

They also have a rich tradition of nurturing England, and latterly Ireland, players who go on to compete and excel at the highest level.

Strauss captained England to the top of the ICC Test rankings in 2011 while Eoin Morgan, who has represented both Ireland and England, was recently named as England's vice-captain for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

"Middlesex CCC is one of the most successful and renowned cricket clubs in our country, and across the world," Royal Mail spokesperson PhilipParker said.

"Some of the greatest players to play the game have represented Middlesex CCC and the stamps pay a fitting tribute to the club itself, its 150 year history and a selection of some of its most iconic heroes," he added.

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