Frank Insight: Middlesex cricket column with James Franklin
In a way it was mildly frustrating to put in a performance like we did against Glamorgan – because it showed the true ability of this team in 50-over cricket.
We know we were probably only one win away from qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup, but we’ve only ourselves to blame because we haven’t been consistent enough.
I’m new to this environment and I came into it with my eyes open – my assessment is that all the skills are there, we just aren’t putting them into practice on each and every occasion.
When we won, we won well, but when we lost, we didn’t turn up at all. I’m sure we’ll analyse it all over the winter and I’ve still got high hopes that the club can be successful in one-day cricket.
Obviously the stand-out performance was Dawid Malan’s innings – and, if we were to say April and May belonged to James Harris, I’d definitely say the last six weeks have been Dawid’s.
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He’s been unbelievable. Injuries have cost him a lot of time this season but he’s got five hundreds, even though he’s probably played in half the games.
The form he’s in is as good as that of anyone else in the country. I just hope he continues it for another few weeks because, if he can, I know we’ll be right up there competing in the County Championship.
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We know the next few games are going to be tough, starting up at Durham – they’re a very good four-day outfit, particularly on their own patch. There are very few drawn games there, so there’s probably going to be a positive outcome.
Yes, Yorkshire are still a long way in front of us – but who’s to say what might happen if we win this week and they don’t?
Yorkshire are playing teams down at the bottom of the table, when there’s more expectation to win, and that’s when you can slip up. I much prefer to be playing the other teams around us – hopefully that can bring the best out of our players.