Friday, September 25, 2009

Franklin called up by NZ

James Franklin has been called up by New Zealand for the champions trophy & has flown out to South Africa.

He will therefore take no further part in the match & effectively retires on 104.

Under competition regulations he can be replaced. Anthony Ireland comes into the side & can take a full part in the match.

Franklin therefore ends a wonderful season with Gloucestershire. 31 championship wickets at 29.12 was an excellent contribution to an attack that was arguably the most potent in the division, and his 904 runs at 50.22 invaluable. At times he has provided a much needed lower order boost, and has shown much of his international calibre in some wonderful knocks; yesterday's 104 oozed class.

The all-rounder is in talks to return to Bristol next season, and the Glos faithful will certainly be wishing him back to the West Country.

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