Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dalrymple out to Be the Star Turn for Middlesex; the Hard-Hitting Batsman Who Outspun Shane Warne Is the Evening Standard Cricketer of the Month

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dalrymple out to Be the Star Turn for Middlesex; the Hard-Hitting Batsman Who Outspun Shane Warne Is the Evening Standard Cricketer of the Month

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Byline: ALEXANDER CLYDE

JOHN EMBUREY has forgotten more about the art of bowling off-spin than most of us will ever know. So it is worth taking note when Middlesex's head coach, with 1,577 first-class wickets under his belt, declares: "Yes, he really can bowl, he's a natural. He turns it more than I ever did and I think he's got long-term potential."

The young man on the receiving end of that glowing reference is 24-year-old Jamie Dalrymple, best known to cricket followers as a hard-hitting Middlesex middle-order batsman who occasionally turns his arm over.

Dalrymple proved he is much more than that with figures of four for 53, a personal best, on a turning wicket at Southgate last month which helped to set up a two-wicket Championship victory over Hampshire.

More to the point, Dalrymple and his young spin partner, Chris Peploe (three for 77) stood favourable comparison with the Hampshire captain, whose 29 overs on the final day yielded a decidedly modest return of two for 108.

That Hampshire captain was a certain Shane Warne. So, if Dalrymple was the bragging sort, he could be telling his friends about the day he outbowled Australia's finest.

But that is not Dalrymple's style.

The former Oxford University captain and third member of the Radley Three - he followed Andrew Strauss and Ben Hutton through the gates of Radley College - is more into self-deprecation.

He recalled: "The wicket was taking a bit of spin, and I was delighted to get a chance to have a good bowl and take a few wickets. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and playing against Warne for the first time was a great experience.

There was certainly plenty of chat but not much was directed at me - he probably didn't know who I was."

July was a good month for the aspiring all-rounder as Middlesex recorded impressive four-day victories in the Frizzell Championship, in-between the helter-skelter of the Twenty20 Cup.

Dalrymple produced scores of 61 and 24 against Hampshire, then top scored with 108 in an innings victory over Glamorgan. …

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