The Middlesex first team came across familiar circumstances as they were beaten 8.5-3.5 away to Essex. It is common to see Essex fielding a strong team and this was no exception, however Nya Fraser-Lawrence and debutant Andrew Brett started well, gaining a half in a match that they felt they should have won. Justin Phelps and Danial Parsons lost 3&2, followed by Niall Keogh and Ross Dickson losing 6&5. The foursomes games finished badly with Kane Stone and Jake Mildenhall also losing 3&2, leaving Middlesex 3.5-0.5 down after the morning foursomes.
With a lot of work to get a result in the singles, Middlesex got off to a great start. Nya Fraser-Lawrence claimed a first win of the day with outstanding golf winning 6&5, closely followed by Ross Dickson winning 1 up. Andrew Brett suffered a 4&3 loss but Danial Parsons got a half in his match. Middlesex were showing signs of a fightback, and Justin Phelps played excellent golf, being at 1 under par through 14 yet still losing 6&4. Jake Mildenhall was close to a result but lost 1 down and, Kane Stone followed losing 5&4. Niall Keogh got a half in his match result but only by losing the last hole to a birdie.
It shows Middlesex have again played good golf, with many matches going to the last hole but sadly not in Middlesex's favour, or playing great golf only to be beaten by even greater golf. Home advantage proved a significant factor but Middlesex are again not going down without a fight and will continue to play for the county and the privilage that comes with that.