James Franklin extends Middlesex stay

James Franklin captained Middlesex to Division One title win in 2016 season
James Franklin captained Middlesex to Division One title win in 2016 season

New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin has signed a new deal with Middlesex County Cricket Club that will keep him with the English county club until 2018.

Franklin captained Middlesex to the Division One title win in the 2016 County Championship season which was also their first since 1993 after securing 230 points from 16 matches.

In the 14 matches, he played in the season, the 36-year-old scored 641 runs at an average close to 43 and also snared 11 wickets as well.

Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser is delighted with the contract extension of Franklin and had high praises for him.

"James remains a high-quality cricketer," said Fraser.

"As a senior player he sets a wonderful example and he remains motivated.

"James worked as hard as anybody in helping the club win its first Championship title for 23 years."

Franklin joined the club in 2015 and has made 70 appearances overall for them spread across all formats.

He also has rich international experience after featuring in 31 Tests, 110 One-Day Internationals and 38 Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand with his last appearance for his country coming in 2013.

Franklin was also part of the Rajshahi Kings franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League that lost the final of the tournament to Dhaka Dynamites last month.

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