In its in­fancy in­sists boss Chap­ple

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But Mid­dle­sex’s di­rec­tor of cricket An­gus Fraser said last week: “There have been ap­proaches for Steven. We’ve been in ne­go­ti­a­tions and he’s asked for a bit more time.

“But he’s a Mid­dle­sex boy and we very much want him to say.”

The loss of Jarvis would be a huge blow to Lan­cashire. Since leav­ing the Zim­babwe Test side to join Lan­cashire as a Kol­pak in 2013, the 28-year-old has been a star per­former with the red ball for the Red Rose, tak­ing 113 Cham­pi­onship wick­ets in the last two sea­sons.

But the ad­min­is­tra­tion run­ning Zim­babwe has changed re­cently and coach Heath Streak is keen to bring Jarvis and Not­ting­hamshire batsman Bren­dan Taylor back.

“I think they were a mas­sive loss to us when they left and I’m hop­ing that Zim­babwe Cricket can en­tice them to come back into the fold,” he said. “Kyle Jarvis left when he was per­form­ing re­ally well for Zim­babwe and he’s ob­vi­ously gained more ex­pe­ri­ence from play­ing county cricket.

“He’s been one of the most con­sis­tent county bowlers on the cir­cuit for a num­ber of years, so both play­ers will be a huge as­set and it would def­i­nitely cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where there is com­pe­ti­tion for po­si­tions.”

Mean­while, Lan­cashire Thun­der suf­fered their third suc­ces­sive Kia Su­per League de­feat as they slipped to a 51-run re­verse to Lough­bor­ough Light­ning at Black­pool.

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