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Franklin innings puts Gladiators on top

James Franklin stared with the bat for the Gloucestershire Gladiators scoring an impressive 90 from just 50 balls to help the visitors set the Sussex Sharks a total of 179 to chase for their 6th victory in a row.

Franklinís 50 ball innings included 11 fours and 3 sixes as the Kiwi put the Sharks bowlers to the sword with some aggressive hitting.

Despite losing Jon Lewis (12) at the end of the second over Franklin and Hamish Marshall (37) put on a second wicket stand of 91 to put the visitors in charge.

With skipper Mike Yardy missing because of international duty the Sabres looked out of sorts with Franklin taking advantage of some pretty ordinary bowling.

Chris Taylor (9), Alex Gidman (10) and Steve Snell (10) all added valuable run but it was Franklin who made the biggest impact despite missing out on a well deserved century after he was bowled by Chad Keegen at the end of the 18th over.

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