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Big-hitters bonanza

Stanford Super Series, Antigua
All games start at 2130 GMT (BBC commentary details in brackets):
25 Oct: Stanford Superstars v Trinidad & Tobago (no commentary available)
26 Oct: England v Middlesex (BBC London website)
27 Oct: Trinidad & Tobago v Midd'x (BBC London website/5 Live Sports Extra)
28 Oct: England v Trinidad & Tobago (BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra)
30 Oct: Stanford Superstars v Middlesex (BBC London website)
1 Nov: Stanford Superstars v England (BBC Radio 5 Live)

By Pranav Soneji

Big-hitting Tyron Henderson is determined to derail England's Stanford Twenty20 warm-up plans.

Tryon Henderson hits a six for Middlesex against Kent
Henderson smashed 43 off 33 balls in the Twenty20 finals against Kent

The burly South African all-rounder is part of the Middlesex team in the Caribbean for the Stanford Super Series and play England in a warm-up match on Sunday.

He said: "We're here to entertain, so I go out and entertain. People want to see the ball going out of the ground, I try to do my best to do what they've come to see."

Middlesex will be vying with Trinidad and Tobago for a $300,000 (185,000) purse in their showdown on 29 October.

But before the money comes an intriguing contest against England, the first warm-up match before their $20m match-up against the Stanford Superstars on 1 November.

Kevin Pietersen should be well-versed about Henderson's threats with Middlesex's Owais Shah set to line up for his country against his county in Antigua.

Henderson is Twenty20's all-time leading wicket-taker, taking 73 wickets in 60 matches and helping Middlesex become English champions in the process.

"I enjoy the format, it's high intensity and you have to be on the ball from the word go," Henderson told BBC Sport.

"I'm not going to die wondering when I am batting thinking whether I should or shouldn't have hit it - if it's there to hit, believe me I will be swinging and throwing the kitchen sink at it."

This uncomplicated philosophy saw Henderson smashing sixes into row Z as well as bowling unplayable yorkers and slower balls disguised better than Carlos the Jackal in Middlesex's four-wicket win over 2007 champions Kent at the Rose Bowl in July.

But the 34-year-old from the Eastern Cape is ambivalent when I suggest he could be solely seen as a Twenty20 specialist.

When I discussed my contract, there is a clause about the IPL

Tyron Henderson
"If they typecast me as a Twenty20 player, then so be it - it doesn't worry me," he said.

"If you look at my stats over four-day cricket, I'm quite happy with them, I think I have done a good job throughout the length of my career playing all formats of the game, but Twenty20 just seems to suit the way I play my game."

Henderson's career began in his home city of East London, taking somewhat of a journeyman route with various South African first-class teams before he found himself playing for Kent as a Kolpak signing in 2007.

He recorded an impressive 5-28 against Somerset in the Twenty20, although he had left the club when they lifted the trophy after beating Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.

However, Kent's loss was Middlesex's gain as the county with no previous aptitude for Twenty20 stunned the defending champions with a nerve-wracking last-ball victory at the Rose Bowl in July, with Henderson bowling the decisive last over as well as smashing 43 from 33 balls.

Owais Shah and Tyron Henderson embrace during the Twenty20 finals
Henderson and Owais Shah will be lining up against each other on Sunday

And that all-action game could well find its way to India come April next year as Henderson has become the subject of various bids from cash-rich Indian Premier League clubs.

"Mumbai Indians have shown interest and one or two others," beamed Henderson. "My agents will have a chat to a couple of guys over there and hopefully I will be in the auction at the end of January and something will come out.'"

While the ECB hope the $20m Stanford Super Series jackpot could repel IPL advances for England's leading players, the same cannot be said about the counties.

Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington admitted he will not impede the path of any player offered irresistible lucre on the subcontinent.

"When I discussed my contract, there is a clause about the IPL, but Vinnie is only to happy for us to play, if guys get selected then they'll get pats on the back," he said.


"But I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch. If it happens it happens. If not then so be it. I will be here at the start of April for the start of the C&G Trophy."

But for now, Henderson's eyes are on the prize in Antigua, which, should he win, will be invested in his wedding venue business in East London.

No matter where he is, Henderson always wants to put on a show for all.

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