Frank Insight: Middlesex cricket column with James Franklin
To end with a walloping at Worcester was pretty disappointing, but that shouldn’t detract from a pretty solid season in terms of red-ball cricket.
Coming second to a team that have had an outstanding season and only losing twice is something we’d certainly have taken if it had been offered back in April.
Maybe a 10-day gap after the Yorkshire game wasn’t ideal, but that’s not to take anything away from Worcestershire, who outplayed us inside three days.
That probably underlined the nature of Division One – you can’t take any game lightly and it’s going to be difficult again next year, when you look at the strong teams coming up.
Surrey and Lancashire are traditional powerhouses of English cricket and they’ll be planning to stay up for quite a while.
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We’ve got improvements to make if we’re going to challenge again next summer, but hopefully we can make one or two additions and strengthen the competitiveness within the squad.
Looking back, you’d have to say the win over Yorkshire was a highlight of the season. In my whole career, I can only think of maybe two other matches that compare in terms of turning the game on its head.
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To win after losing three wickets in the first over and then being bowled out for 100 was a ridiculous result, but it showed our fighting qualities.
Another game that stood out for me was the win over Durham at Lord’s, when James Harris took nine wickets. That was a red line in terms of belief, when we realised we could genuinely compete.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the chance to captain the side and the senior players in particular were a big support, along with Richard Scott and Angus Fraser.
I was a bit disappointed with my own form and I’m hoping to make a bigger impact in my second season. But that’s for the future – now it’s time for a well-earned break!