Frank Insight: Middlesex cricket column with James Franklin

Around the halfway point of the season, our general thinking was that, as long as we kept going, there’d come a period when Yorkshire weren’t winning.

But that hasn’t happened and it’s been remarkable. Yorkshire have kept playing some really good cricket and you’d have to say they deserve the title.

With that said, we want to make them work hard for it. We don’t want them to win the championship at Lord’s and it’s very important for us to finish strongly and make sure that we nail the runners-up spot behind them.

Obviously it would have been good to keep up our challenge with a win at Warwickshire last week – but, in the end, with the time we lost to the weather, it wasn’t possible for either team to force a result.

There was some good bowling and not such great batting – it was a tough wicket to bat on, with some variable bounce, and only two guys got past 50 in the match, Neil Dexter for us and Tim Ambrose for Warwickshire.

We were under a bit of pressure on the last day, but I thought we batted well to extinguish any hopes Warwickshire had of getting the victory and I was pleased with that.

I don’t think there’s one game this season in which we’ve been really dominated – in terms of personnel, we’ve got some good characters in the dressing room.

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Speaking of which, from a personal perspective I’d have loved to have Dexy in the Middlesex squad again next season, but it’s not to be.

He’s been outstanding in our last couple of games and he contributes in every game he plays, either with bat or ball – he’s also filled the role as fourth seamer really well.

Dexy’s played a big part in Middlesex’s recent history and it’s disappointing to lose someone who’s a lovely guy as well as a great team man.

But it’s a new challenge for him at Leicestershire and we wish him all the best.

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