Frank Insight: Middlesex cricket column with James Franklin
It’s always nice to be part of the final wicket in a close-fought-win – although I’d have been very disappointed to have dropped that catch on Monday!
I was really proud of the guys for the way we stuck at it against Sussex, even though I don’t think we played our best cricket throughout the four days.
We owe a lot to Dawid Malan for the way he batted in both innings, which were the backbone of that win. To get over 200 runs on that wicket, which was pretty tricky, is testament to his skill and patience.
I was also pleased for Ravi Patel, who came in for his first Championship game of the season and got some key wickets before and after lunch on the second day to get us back in the game and ensure the first innings deficit we ended up with wasn’t too bad.
Overall, it probably wasn’t our best performance as a bowling unit and I think all the guys would admit that – but, if we’re not bowling at our best and still taking 20 wickets to win a game, that’s a good sign.
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The result keeps Yorkshire just about within sight. They’ve won six games in a row, which is phenomenal – but there are still over 80 points up for grabs.
If we can keep pushing our own cause in the four games we’ve got left and look after our own backyard, then you never know and we’ll see where it all washes up in September.
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We’ve had a hectic few weeks – as have most other teams around the country – so to finish it off with a hard-fought, deserving victory was great for us.
Now we’ve got a week off and the boys can get a little bit of R&R before we come back with a Royal London One-Day Cup game at Lord’s against Glamorgan on Monday.
You never know, that could still be an important game – and the one that follows that, up at Durham in the County Championship, certainly will be.