Frank Insight: Middlesex cricket column with James Franklin
It was really disappointing to lose an entire day to rain at Old Merchant Taylor’s, but at least we managed to give the spectators an entertaining finish.
We didn’t actually prearrange a target with Somerset on the final day – with the way the table stands, we just wanted to try and force the win if we could and close the gap on Yorkshire at the top.
The nature of the pitch lent itself to having a crack at bowling them out in 40 overs and I had a chat with Tim Murtagh, our senior bowler, who was very keen to give it a go.
We felt we had enough runs to defend, but also wanted to give Somerset a sniff – and I have to applaud them for the way they approached the chase. It ended up being a good game of cricket.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be the victory we were hoping for, but we can only look after the things we can control and that means the five County Championship games we’ve still got to come.
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We’ve got a bit of a break from the championship now, so we can sit back and watch some other results come in before we resume the four-day stuff against Sussex next month.
It’s great that the runs and wickets were spread around against Somerset – if you’re not relying on just one or two individuals, that’s the sign of a good team.
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Even in Twenty20, we’ve got some young guys coming in, seeing what first-team cricket is all about – and it’s better still if they can be part of a winning side.
George Scott came in for his debut against Essex and I think the feeling was we might as well give him a go higher up the order, see how he applied himself and dealt with pressure against a quality team.
Let’s not forget, Essex are well-placed to get through to the quarter-finals, so our guys played really well to beat them and hopefully we can do the same again in the return game at Chelmsford on Friday.