Full name Nicholas Richard Trail Gubbins
Born December 31, 1993, Richmond, Surrey
Current age 26 years 302 days
Major teams England Lions, Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Middlesex Under-15s, Middlesex Under-17s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education Radley College; Leeds University
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Leeds, Apr 5-7, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford, Sep 6-8, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Glamorgan v Middlesex at Cardiff, Jul 26, 2014 scorecard|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Lancashire at Lord's, May 10, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Middlesex v Gloucestershire at Richmond, Jun 14, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Middlesex v Essex at Lord's, Sep 3, 2020 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2, 16, 0/1||Middlesex||v Essex||Chelmsford||6 Sep 2020||FC|
|4||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||3 Sep 2020||T20|
|7||Middlesex||v Sussex||Lord's||1 Sep 2020||T20|
|53, 0/8||Middlesex||v Kent||Lord's||29 Aug 2020||T20|
|23||Middlesex||v Essex||Chelmsford||27 Aug 2020||T20|
|0/1, 26, 0||Middlesex||v Sussex||Radlett||22 Aug 2020||FC|
|8, 46||Middlesex||v Hampshire||Radlett||8 Aug 2020||FC|
|192, 60||Middlesex||v Surrey||The Oval||1 Aug 2020||FC|
|0||Middlesex||v Derbyshire||Lord's||23 Sep 2019||FC|
|5, 1||Middlesex||v Lancashire||Manchester||16 Sep 2019||FC|
Nick Gubbins' heavy run-scoring was instrumental in Middlesex's 2016 Championship triumph. At 22, he hit 1,409 first-class runs at an average of 61.26 as Middlesex took the title for the first time in 23 years, showing a sound technique and the most enviable of temperaments.
England Lions opportunities followed. But as Middlesex suffered a shock relegation the following summer, Gubbins was one of many whose form deteriorated. When Nasser Hussain proposed him as a solution to England's top-order problems, a hamstring injury meant that there would not be too much study of an average in the mid-20s.
Two hundreds in the North v South Series in the Caribbean meant that he approached 2018 with confidence but he sufefred further hamstring trouble and made only one hundred in his nine Championship matches to miss the chance to press for England recognition at a time when they were crying out for reliable top-order batsmen.
Gubbins, a compact left-hander, has gradually broadened his game since making his debut in 2014. He struck four Championship hundreds, including a career-best unbeaten 201 against Lancashire on the sort of unresponsive Lord's pitch that made the title win so creditable. England considered him for the Test party to Bangladesh and India but their surfeit of left-handers was not in his favour and instead he joined up with England Lions.
He made an outstanding start to his Championship career, with three half-centuries in his first four innings in 2014. His game, initially, was built on accumulation rather than domination, but his ability to strike the ball cleanly contributed to a successful Royal London Cup campaign in 2015 which included a maiden Middlesex century against Sussex at Hove, brought up with a six over midwicket. He can expect plenty of comparisons with another left-handed Middlesex opener from Radley College - Andrew Strauss.