James Franklin finds comic relief in heavy rain

JONATHAN MILLMOW
Last updated 05:00 30/12/2013
James Franklin
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QUICK-WITTED: James Franklin can see the funny side in most things.

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James Franklin was able to find some humour following a bleak few days at the Basin Reserve.

Having experienced Twenty20 wash-outs against Canterbury on Friday and Otago yesterday, Franklin smiled and said ''we are moving up the table''.

Wellington banked four points for the two abandonments to sit in third place in the competition, with three qualifying for the finals.

However, Wellington's squad had huffed and puffed all winter for this Christmas double header where they got to showcase their skills in front of a big local crowd.

Only it wasn't to be and now their T20 campaign finishes with four games on the road, starting with Central Districts in New Plymouth on January 1.

''It is the time of year when we get a decent crowd and that is rare for domestic players, but there is nothing we can do about it,'' Franklin said.

''We are on the road now and we just have to get on with the job.

''If we can win three out of four I'm pretty confident that will be enough to make the top three. Two of four might be enough too, but that would be tight.''

Franklin said Wellington will be keeping a close eye on the Central v Auckland game in New Plymouth today. He called that a ''swing game'' meaning the result had implications for Wellington.

As it stands, Otago (played six) and Northern Districts (played five) lead proceedings with 16 points, followed by Wellington (six) on 12, Auckland (four) on eight and Canterbury (five) six and Central (four) on two.

Also going homeunhappy last night was Cricket Wellington chief executive Peter Clinton.

Cricket Wellington had budgeted for between 2000-2500 on both days so will come in about 20 per cent or $15,000 below budget on T20 home gates this season.

The only upside to yesterday's washout was an insurance scheme taken out to cover the two abandonments.

''These two wash-outs will hurt us, but nothing too significant,'' Clinton said.

''The insurance policy softens the blow a bit.''

The next top level cricket in Wellington will be the Twenty20 international between the Black Caps and the West Indies at Westpac Stadium on January 15.

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