Union will have their premier league team bolstered this week as the Middlesex pairing of Podmore and Eskinazi join the ranks. Hoping to play some club cricket in Cape town before they fly home to start the 2018 county championship the boys were disappointed to find all club cricket cancelled due to the extreme drought but Union stepped in to save the day. The pair will have their first game this Saturday away at Nmu seconds. Both players have played first class cricket for Middlesex and will hoping to get time in the middle.
Eskinazi, a wicketkeeper-batsman, is a modern-day player in a globalised world, a product of three nations, not that it seems to be affecting his development as one of the most promising batsmen around. Born in Johannesburg to an English-born mother and a Zimbabwe-born father, he played for Hampshire junior sides before his family moved to Perth, whereupon he played for Western Australia U-17s and U-19s. Then came a professional opportunity in English cricket when he was recommended to Middlesex by Chris Smith, the former Hampshire and England batsman, his British passport, to add to an Australian one, enabling them to sign him as a local player.
Middlesex's disastrous form in Twenty20 cricket in 2014 handed Harry Podmore an extended opportunity in the side. A product of Middlesex's youth system - he was born in Hammersmith - Podmore impressed with his bowling at the death. Despite his height, he avoided the temptation of bowling too short, and displayed an admirable temperament. He had further opportunities in T20 in 2015. He was farmed out to Glamorgan on loan to gain Championship experience early in 2016 before returning to the county and claiming four wickets on a Middlesex Championship debut against Somerset that played a part in a thrilling victory. Glamorgan, Durham 2nd XI and Derbyshire made up his loan commitments in 2017 as he wandered around the county circuit seeking the satisfaction that Middlesex were not yet able to offer him.
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Updated 10:13 - 15 Feb 2018 by Chris Upton