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Fan Blog by Ian Harris


As we go through "flaming" June or perhaps more fittingly ‘damp squid June’,  it's not easy keeping up to date with all three competitions going on at the moment. We appear to be back in the fold with a recent county championship match draw at the very picturesque Arundel castle against the bookies division two favourites, Sussex. I have been to Arundel castle twice to see Northamptonshire play in a one day game. Though this, I believe, is the first time we have played them there in a four day game and I would definitely say it’s one ground that is worth a visit.

I am delighted that we are currently top of the table in the T20 tournament, quite a remarkable feat considering the amount of injured key players we have at present, not to mention the surprise call up of Seekkuge Prasanna to the Sri Lankan one day squad. Good luck to him of course, though we will no doubt miss his all-round capabilities. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to welcome back Rory Kleinveldt who is currently out with a calf injury before too long. It is such a shame to see that Olly Stone has been hit by the dreaded injury curse once again. Along with the rest of the Northants supporters, I would like to wish him the best of luck and a very speedy recovery. I have every confidence that he will return stronger and fitter in time for next season.

We have signed Moin Ashrad on a short term basis for the rest of the T20 competition and what a start he made against Durham, taking three wickets and showing good pace and variation with the ball. Hopefully this cracking form will continue from the former Yorkshire player. We are currently sat at a respectable looking sixth place in the Royal London One Day Cup table, only three points behind the leaders Derbyshire. The team are showing true grit and determination on all fronts, despite being hit badly by injury. The One Day match away at Nottinghamshire was a great example of this, as the day culminated in one of Northants’ all-time greatest replies, with the boys missing out on a win by the smallest of margins.

Two players who seem to have gone under the radar are Ben Sanderson and Richard Gleeson. The former is our leading wicket taker in the county championship with a fantastic fifteen wickets under his belt, and the latter seems to be getting better and better with the more games he plays - especially in T20. With our particularly small squad and injury set back, it is refreshing to see these two lads in their first full season in the first team step up to the mark. They have been given a fantastic opportunity by David Ripley and it is great to see them playing with so much confidence - long may it continue. The club as a whole are doing well and are heading in the right direction on and off the pitch, wouldn't it be nice to reach another T20 Finals Day, fingers crossed!

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