Frank Insight: Middlesex cricket column with James Franklin
It seems to be that time of the season when counties are trying to take some pressure off their main venues, and that gives us the chance to play at a few outgrounds.
We’re up at Blackpool right now, next week we go to Colchester and on Friday it’ll be my first time playing at Radlett, although we’ve done a bit of training up there.
It can be really good to play at smaller venues, where there’s more of a relaxed feeling and it seems like the crowd are right on top of you.
A lot of people who maybe wouldn’t normally go to the bigger grounds come out to watch cricket when it’s in their local area and I reckon that’s great.
We’ll have to be on top of our game to beat Kent – they’ve been playing some good T20 cricket and they’ve got players like Darren Stevens who are always great performers in the shorter forms of the game.
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However, we ended our own T20 campaign with a good feeling after putting in a clinical performance to win against a very strong Surrey team.
We were solid all round and to beat them in front of a full house at Lord’s was a nice way to finish off the tournament – as it turned out, with the rain-offs that followed. Cricketers all over the world will tell you that one thing you can never control is the weather!
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We can certainly take a lot of pride from that performance against Surrey. There were some good partnerships up top and that meant myself and Morgs were able to bat with a bit of freedom in the last six overs or so and play our shots.
That doesn’t always come off but luckily it did on this occasion – we were able to hit a few boundaries and get up to a good total, then the bowlers did their stuff.
To compete in this one-day tournament, we’re going to have to do the same – and I’m sure we can.