County Championship: Middlesex captain James Franklin hails impressive victory over Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 June 2017
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Defending champions beat Yorkshire inside three days at Lord's
Skipper James Franklin was pleased with the manner of victory after Middlesex beat Yorkshire by an innings and 64 runs inside three days to earn their first County Championship Division One success of the season.
Tons from Sam Robson and Paul Stirling helped the hosts post a score of 446 in their first innings at Lord’s.
When Yorkshire last made the trip to the Home of Cricket, both sides were going for the title last season, but Andrew Gale’s men looked a shadow of their former selves this time.
The visitors were all out for 208 in their first innings and when Middlesex enforced the follow-on, they were out for just 174 in their second.
Ollie Rayner took five wickets across the two innings for just 62 runs in an impressive bowling display.
And Franklin declared himself delighted with the performance as Middlesex’s title defence finally spluttered into life.
“We have bounced back strongly after getting a bit of a towelling from Lancashire at Southport last week, and it was really important that we fronted up here. To beat Yorkshire inside three days is very satisfying,” he said.
“Our bowlers asked some serious questions of Yorkshire’s batsmen, and when you got it in the right areas it was a tough pitch to bat on as it deteriorated.
“In terms of enforcing the follow on or not, we were about 240 runs ahead and we knew they would have to bat extremely well indeed to put the pressure back on us in the last two sessions on the final day.
“We were confident of our ability to put the pressure on them again with the ball, so it was a no-brainer in all honesty.
“Sam Robson and Paul Stirling batted brilliantly to set the match up for us on the first day with their hundreds, and we backed that up beautifully with the ball and we were pretty dominant for the whole match.
“Hopefully this will give us a bit of momentum going into what will be a tough game next week at Essex.”