Middlesex cricket column: Frank Insight with James Franklin
Credit to Gloucestershire, I thought they played really well, but we were well beaten in all three facets of Sunday’s T20 game.
Things got out of control in the back nine overs of their innings, when they scored 130 runs, and it’s obviously going to be hard to pull it back from there.
Our front 10 with the bat were pretty good but, after I got out, we lost another three or four wickets and were always behind, despite a great knock from John Simpson.
John’s shown all season, without putting big scores on the board, that he’s a great striker of the ball and he made the most of his opportunity to move up the order.
When you’re chasing over 200, there’s only one way to go about it and he did that really well – it’s a shame nobody could stay with him and forge a partnership to win the game.
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We’ve had three losses in a row now and it’s important that we go to this next game against Hampshire and win it, if we’re going to get back into the competition.
In a similar way, we also need to respond to our County Championship defeat by Yorkshire last time out by taking a positive result against Worcestershire at Uxbridge.
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It was disappointing to lose at Headingley – the wicket was never going to last four days, we knew it was going to be close and we had to stay in the fight at all times.
Yorkshire are the benchmark at the moment but our guys should know, walking away from the game, that they can compete with teams like that.
We shouldn’t read too much into Worcestershire’s performance in their last game – they’ll want to prove they’re not as bad a side as the scorecard might have suggested.
I think they’ll come at us hard on day one and, again, it’s important that we make sure we stay in the fight and prevent them from bouncing back with a vengeance.