July 13, 2017 14:06 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

England captain Morgan nearly equals Trott’s 118-year feat

Albert Trott’s 118-year record still stands after the Middlesex stars of today narrowly failed in their attempts to clear the Lord’s pavilion from the famous crease.

Albert Trott’s 118-year record still stands after the Middlesex stars of today narrowly failed in their attempts to clear the Lord’s pavilion from the famous crease.

Several of the county’s leading lights took part in a big-hitting session on Wednesday in an effort to launch a ball more than 110 metres over the iconic building at the Home of Cricket, just as Trott did off the bowling of Australian bowler Monty Noble during an outing for the MCC in 1899.

While some came mighty close, as you can see in the video below, none could repeat the feat - though Middlesex coach Daniel Vettori will no doubt have gained plenty of encouragement from the immense range-hitting of the likes of Eoin Morgan and John Simpson ahead of Thursday’s T20 Blast meeting with Surrey at the same ground.

Several Middlesex stars attempted to clear Lord's pavilion like Albert Trott did in 1899 

Several Middlesex stars attempted to clear Lord's pavilion like Albert Trott did in 1899 

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum - a renowned big hitter - was unable to beat Trott's feat

New Zealand's Brendon McCullum - a renowned big hitter - was unable to beat Trott's feat

Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs captain, picked out the top balcony of the pavilion

Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs captain, picked out the top balcony of the pavilion

ALBERT TROTT 

The legend says that Albert Trott cleared the Lord’s pavilion while playing in an MCC vs Australia match in 1899.

His huge strike, off the bowling of Monty Bone, is estimated to have travelled around 120 metres.

It came to rest in the back garden of No 6, Grove End Road. 

Morgan, the England limited-overs captain, picked out the top balcony of the pavilion and Simpson - the wicketkeeper batsman - crashed one effort against the roof only to watch the ball rebound the wrong side of the old building.

Kiwi imports Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee also had a go, with less success, as members of the Middlesex youth team were sent diving for cover in the members’ seats.

Simpson said afterwards: ‘I was hoping it would get over. Last year I was pretty close and this year I was even closer but not close enough unfortunately. It’s a fair old hit by Albert Trott.

‘The bats nowadays are a lot bigger than they were back in the day and to hit one over the pavilion with the bat he would have had must have been a hell of a strike.’

Lord’s will host four T20 matches this summer, starting with the visit of Surrey on Thursday, after tieing their opening South Group game against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham last week.

Tim Southee - another New Zealander at Middlesex - was also unable to clear the pavilion 

Tim Southee - another New Zealander at Middlesex - was also unable to clear the pavilion 

John Simpson is confident that Middlesex can reach the latter stages of the T20 competition

John Simpson is confident that Middlesex can reach the latter stages of the T20 competition

If Simpson, Morgan and Co connect as well with the ball in a match situation as they were against a bowling machine on Wednesday, hopes with be high of making a deep run in the competition.

‘We didn’t play our best game against Gloucestershire but it gives us some confidence going into a game with a packed house,’ said Simpson.

‘Hopefully we can get on a bit of a roll. Over the last four or five seasons we’ve been pretty poor so with Daniel Vettori and Brendon coming in they have given our license to go out and play that aggressive brand of cricket and express ourselves.’ 

 

John Simpson was speaking at Lord’s Cricket Ground ahead of Middlesex’s first NatWest T20 Blast match at Lord’s this summer on Thursday nights. For tickets and more information please visit lords.org/t20.

 

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