Emilio Gay’s unbeaten 84 led Northamptonshire to an eight-wicket victory over Derbyshire, securing their first win of the Royal London Cup campaign. The academy graduate saw the hosts over the line with three balls to spare in their chase for 178 for victory in a game reduced to 28 overs-a-side by morning rain.
David Ripley says he is 'gutted' by the fact Northants Steelbacks finished bottom of the Vitality T20 Blast North Group table. The head coach admits he went into the competition 'really excited' at how the team he had assembled would perform, with a top four finish and qualification for the knockout stages the minimum target.
Northants Steelbacks ended their Vitalty T20 Blast campaign with a 14-run defeat to Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston. The win for the home side meant Bears preserved their qualification hopes for another few hours at least, and the victory turns the pressure on Worcestershire Rapids who visit Leicestershire Foxes this evening.
Northants overcame real adversity to claim a gritty LV= Insurance County Championship Group Three draw against Glamorgan in Cardiff. And bowling coach Chris Liddle spoke of his pride in a performance that saw the County bat out the entire 92.4 overs of the fourth day despite only having nine players.
Academy product Harry Gouldstone and Rob Keogh produced a superb rearguard action to earn nine-man Northants a draw in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Glamorgan. The home side were frustrated by the pair and the rest of the County's middle order, who batted out the day after the team slipped to 52 for three before lunch.
New Zealand opener Finn Allen made his third half-century in 11 Vitality Blast innings this season as Lancashire thrashed Northamptonshire by eight wickets at Emirates Old Trafford. Allen made 66 off 37 balls with seven fours and three sixes as his side overhauled Northamptonshire s moderate total of 142-8 with 26 balls to spare on Friday evening.
Head coach David Ripley admitted the Steelbacks got what their performance deserved as they were handed an eight-wicket beating by Lancashire Lightning in the Vitality T20 Blast on Friday night. It was billed as a must-win game for the Steelbacks but the Old Trafford thrashing leaves them all but out of the tournament with two North Group matches remaining.
The Steelbacks' hopes of reaching the Vitality T20 Blast quarter-finals are all but over after they suffered an eight-wicket thrashing at the hands of Lancashire Lightning on Friday night. The County endured a nightmare evening at Old Trafford as they were taken apart, with the rampant home side winning with more than four overs to spare.
Ricardo Vasconcelos had reasons to celebrate as Northants dominated a rain-affected day one of their vital LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Yorkshire at the County Ground on Sunday. Acting captain Vasconcelos was presented with his county cap before play by injured skipper Adam Rossington and then claimed three catches behind the stumps as Yorkshire stumbled to 158 all out
Devon Conway marked his first-class debut for Somerset with 88 on a rain-affected opening day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Leicestershire at Taunton. The New Zealand international faced 146 balls and hit 15 fours for the Group Two leaders, sharing an opening stand of 143 with Steve Davies (65) before Will Davis and Gavin Griffiths led a spirited Leicestershire fightback, which saw the hosts close on 242 for seven.
Northants Steelbacks skipper Josh Cobb has told his team to 'keep winning and hope for the best' as they cling on to their slim hopes of qualifying from the Vitality T20 Blast North Group. Cobb and Co claimed a five-wicket win on Tuesday night, beating Leicestershire Foxes and leapfrogging them in the process.
Northants Steelbacks climbed above Leicestershire Foxes at the bottom of the North Group with a comfortable five-wicket win in the Vitality T20 Blast on Tuesday night. hit the winning boundary with 10 balls to spare, top-scoring with 34 as the Steelbacks chased a modest target of 139. Ricardo Vasconcelos got the ball rolling with 30 from 18 balls and Saif Zaib smashed two sixes in an unbeaten 21 from 11 balls.
Northamptonshire 141 for 5 (Keogh 34*) beat Leicestershire 138 (Steel 44) by five wickets Northamptonshire Steelbacks climbed above Leicestershire Foxes at the bottom of the North Group with a comfortable five-wicket win in the Vitality Blast. Rob Keogh hit the winning boundary with 10 balls to spare, top-scoring with 34 as the Steelbacks chased a modest target of 139, Ricardo Vasconcelos starting the ball rolling with 30 from 18 balls and Saif Zaib cracking two sixes in an unbeaten 21 from 11 balls.
Ricardo Vasconcelos top-scored again as Northamptonshire Steelbacks reignited their Vitality Blast campaign with a second successive victory, overcoming Lancashire Lightning by seven wickets. The left-hander, who had scored an unbeaten 78 in the Steelbacks’ success at Durham two days earlier, struck 41 from 38 balls to help his side chase down a modest target of 131 with 10 balls to spare.
Leicestershire 200 for 2 (Inglis 103*) beat Northamptonshire 166 for 7 (Keogh 50*, Parkinson 2-19) by 39 runs Josh Inglis struck a T20 career-best 103 not out as Leicestershire beat Northamptonshire by 34 runs to record a first Vitality Blast win of the campaign.
Northants Steelbacks are now the only side in this season's Vitality T20 Blast without a victory to their name after they were beaten by previously winless Leicestershire Foxes on Sunday. David Ripley's side were defeated by 34 runs at the County Ground as they failed to get close to chasing down the Foxes 200 for two.
Steelbacks batsman Rob Keogh says it is great to have supporters back inside the County Ground - and that he can't wait for the stands to be full once again. A crowd of around 1,100 will once again be at Wantage Road on Tuesday night for the Steelbacks Vitality T20 Blast North Group clash with Birmingham Bears (start 6.30pm).
Rob Keogh insists there is no sense of panic in the Steelbacks dressing room despite the fact the team have lost their first two matches in the Vitality T20 Blast. Northants have endured a testing start to their campaign, suffering successive County Ground defeats at the hands of Worcestershire Rapids and Notts Outlaws, leaving them rock bottom of the embryonic North Group table.
Rob Keogh was full of praise for Joe Clarke after the opener's devastating century saw the Notts Outlaws to a thrilling 14-run win over the Steelbacks at the County Ground on Sunday. Dropped by Josh Cobb off the bowling of Brandon Glover on 29, Clarke made the most of his extra life as he proceeded to destroy the Northants bowling attack on his way to 136 from 65 balls, before finally being dismissed in the final over.
A sensational century from Joe Clarke condemned the Steelbacks to their second Vitality T20 Blast defeat in a row as they were beaten by Notts Outlaws by 14 runs at a sun-soaked County Ground. Clarke produced a stunning innings of 136 from just 65 balls to power the reigning champions to 214 for seven in their 20 overs, and that proved to be too many for the Steelbacks despite a valiant effort in reply as they hit back with 200 for seven.