Aug 1 2011 By Paul Warburton
DAWID Malan admitted he had been getting sick of cameos after his career-best helped Middlesex to a massively important Championship win over Derbyshire this week.
The talented left-hander plundered 143 on a testing Lord’s pitch in a game Middlesex went on to win by seven wickets to close the gap on leaders Northants to a mere five points ahead of their clash at Lord’s starting next Thursday.
For Malan, who scored 1000 first-class runs last season, it marked a breakthrough in a campaign which had so far seen him dismissed nine times between 20 and 45.
He admits it has been one of the most frustrating periods of his career.
He said: “It has been the first time in my career I’ve really struggled in the format of four-day cricket so it was nice it was nice to get through and get a good score for myself and for the team.
“If I could tell you what the problem has been I would have scored 100 a lot earlier.
“I’ve had 15 knocks and probably got more good balls than I have in my whole career to be honest.”
The 23-year-old began the campaign well with 71 for the MCC in their match with County Champions Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi and he followed that with his previous best score of 142 against Cambridge University before the start of the county campaign proper.
His resurgence, which coupled the elegant off drives Middlesex fans love with oodles of grit and character, could not be better timed with Northants on the horizon.
He admitted to being aware of the career-best and agreed the Northants clash has massive implications on the Division two promotion race.
He added: “As soon as I got to 142 which I got against Cambridge I made sure I got that one just to get past it because I did not want Cambridge as my highest score.
“Northants is now a massive game because if we beat them we can go top.”