County news June 25, 2010

Tyron Henderson back at Middlesex for Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

Tyron Henderson, the South African allrounder, has rejoined Middlesex for the remainder of the Friends Provident t20 campaign. Henderson, who had a previous spell with the club in 2008 and 2009, will help cover for an injury-hit bowling attack.

Having arrived in London earlier this week, Henderson proved his fitness we two outings for the Middlesex second team which included hitting 80 off 31 balls against Surrey at Beckenham. Henderson was the final-over hero for Middlesex when they won the 2008 Twenty20 Cup against Kent at The Rose Bowl, although he had a limited impact for Rajasthan Royals at IPL3 having been brought for $650,000.

"Injury to Iain O'Brien and Shaun Udal, and the ECB's decision to withdraw Steven Finn from all cricket has given Middlesex's bowling an inexperienced look," said Angus Fraser, the managing director of cricket. "The predicament also places a heavy workload on a couple of bowlers who have already bowled a lot of overs this summer.

"With this in mind it seemed sensible to bolster our bowling resources, and there are few more experienced and skilful t20 bowlers than Tyron. In 2009 it was reassuring to watch Tyron bowl at crucial stages of matches and we all know how hard and far he can hit a cricket ball. On his day he is a high quality limited over cricketer."

Meanwhile Neil Dexter, the recently appointed captain, and allrounder Gareth Berg have been given new three-year deals by the club. Dexter will take over the leadership following Shaun Udal's resignation now that Adam Gilchrist's spell with the county has come to an end.

Berg, meanwhile, has been rewarded for some impressive all-round results after averaging 51.18 with the bat in the first half of the Championship season and taking 24 wickets at 34.75 to go with a batting average of 44.66 in the CB40.

"That Neil has been appointed captain for the second half of the season highlights how highly he is regarded by everyone at Middlesex," said Fraser. "He has been in excellent form with the bat and is one of the most elegant and classy players in the country. His bowling in one-day cricket is becoming highly effective too.

"When I returned to Middlesex in many people's eyes the jury was out on Gareth. But over the past season and a half he has become one of the country's leading all-rounders. He holds a pivotal role in our side and when Gareth plays well we tend to. The most encouraging thing is that Gareth is getting better all the time and there is still plenty more to come."