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Re: Remember 2016
Posted by: tallliman
Date: 21/04/2020 21:26
Jonathan Winsky
While James Franklin was at Middlesex, I wasn’t particularly keen on him, as he wasn’t consistent with the bat, he didn’t bowl as many overs as I felt an all-rounder ought to, and I can’t stop myself from feeling that Franklin’s presence caused Ryan Higgins to feel that the position of County Championship all-rounder at Middlesex would never become vacant, despite Franklin being bound to retire at some point.
However, Franklin occasionally played important innings and took important wickets, and it is clear that Ollie Rayner (and maybe some other players) preferred playing under the captaincy of Franklin as opposed to under Dawid Malan.

The article in Wisden Cricket Monthly which I wrote about above features Rayner and Franklin saying that despite us hoping that we would use our second-placed finish in 2015 and title win in 2016 as a springboard to have several more successful seasons, we didn’t really have a plan in place for how we would achieve this. Had we bothered to draw up a plan, I would like to have thought that it would have included saying to Higgins that he would play a big part in the club for the next dozen or so years.

Franklin saved the game at Lord's against Surrey (who had declared rather late in my opinion) with a gritty innings after the top order had gotten out cheaply.

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