NCCC Supporters Club


The Official Newsletter of Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club (Founded 1988)

Chairman: Trevor Bailey, 41 Debdale Road, Northampton NN3 2TR Telephone (01604) 409371 Email:

Secretary: TBA

Treasurer: Mrs Linda Fisher, 110 Denmark Street, Bedford. Telephone: 07989844171 Email:

Membership Secretary: Dianne Ward, Flat 2, 13 Park Avenue, Northampton NN3 2BX. Telephone: (01604) 635800 Email:

Newsletter Editor: Bill Horsley, 10 Delamere Road, Northampton NN4 8QG. Telephone (01604) 765780 Email:

Committee members; Sheila Kent, Jim Finney and Michael Wells.





“Tantarrara! the joyous Book of Spring Lies open, writ in blossoms.” - William Allingham (1824 – 1889) Irish poet, diarist and editor.



The (largely) horror show that was the 2014 Northants cricket season is consigned to history and the 2015 season is upon us. I always look forward to the start of a new season. 


England's dismal showing in the World Cup in Australasia has again provided ammunition to some who wish to knock the County game. The national side has not performed with distinction in this competition since 1992 (ironically the last time that the tournament was held 'Down Under'). Additionally England have had their low moments in Test cricket – particularly when being whitewashed in two out of the last three Ashes series in Australia. It seems that everytime this happens someone points the finger at county cricket as being at the heart of the problem. Do not the players concerned and the coaching staff not bear most of the responsibilty? County cricket has undergone a number of changes over the last twenty-five years including the move to four-day cricket, two divisions and the loss of international players due to central contracts. Despite this there are those who will not be happy until the smaller counties such as Northamptonshire are dispensed with or at the very least marganalised. Surely the priority should be for the national team to get its house in order before any more sweeping changes are made to the county structure.


Here's to a happy, sunny and successful 2015 cricket season! 





The opinions expressed by the authors of articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club

BRIAN REYNOLDS 1932 – 2015


Brian Leonard Reynolds was born on 10 June 1932 at Kettering. 


He played in 429  first-class matches scoring 18,824 runs (28.01) , taking 302 catches and making 20 stumpings. He also took 4 wickets (71.00). 


In one day cricket he played in 36 matches scoring 493 runs (17.60) and taking15 catches. 


John Arlott said “In his mind he is not only a cricketer, he is a Northamptonshire cricketer.” 


Brian joined the Northamptonshire staff in 1950 and made hisChampionship debut in the same year v Sussex at Northampton (he made 22 in his only innings). 


During the early 1950's he completed his National Service in the Army.Returning to county cricket he was awarded his Northamptonshire cap in1956.


In March 1959 whilst playing football for Kettering Town at Clacton Brian was injured in a tackle and missed the whole of the following cricket season. It was to be his final football match as a player.


1962 would see him hit this highest aggregate of t runs in a season: 1843.


In 1965 the year that Northamptonshire came the closest they ever have to winning the County Championship Brian had his Benefit Year. This realised £3,886.


Brian was released by Northamptonshire in 1970 but three years later he was appointed second eleven captain and coach. Amongst others, he coached David Ripley and Rob Bailey. In 1986 Northsmptonshire made him Cricket Development Officer. He retired in 1997.


In 2000 Brian was the subject of a biography subtitled The Times and Life of the Northamptonshire Sportsman which was co-authored by Ian Addis, Mick Dean and Brian Slough.

Outside of cricket Brian was an accomplished enough at the hand-sewing of shoes to give a demonstration at the 1951 Festival of Britain.


Brian Reynolds died on 7 February 2015 at Kettering.




Northants Cricket has announced that a one-off Testimonial Dinner for Andrew Hall will take place on Friday 3 July at The County Ground. Tickets cost £75 per person or £700 for a table of ten and are available from For more information you can email


A fundraising evening for the Northampton Hope Centre will take place at the County Ground on Friday 24 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are £49 per person or £440 for a table of 10 and are available from Northants Cricket.


Industrial door company Stanair have committed to sponsoring Northants's mascot Steeler for the 2015 season. Stanair are also matchball sponsors fot the T20 Blast match against Yorkshire Vikings in July.


Saif Zaib enjoyed a successful tour with the England Development Programme's under 17 side. This culminated in an innings of 88 against Pakistan in Dubai.


easycopiers (a Managed Print Solutions company) have signed up as an Official Club Partner with Northants Cricket for the 2015 season. They have been named as the Official Scorecard Partner and Official Business Networking Partner. Additionally the company will be the official player sponsor of Adam Rossington.


It was announced in mid-February that Northants Cricket will not be selling the County Tavern at the present time. The public house had been due to go for auction but was withdrawn from this.


Kyle Coetzer's 156 against Bangladesh was the highest World Cup score by an associate nation batsman.


Former Northants bowler Jack Brooks has extended his contract with Yorkshire until the end of the 2017 season. The 30 year-old left Northamptonshire at the end of the 2012 season and took 68 wickets in Yorkshire's Championship success last season.


Wicketkeeper Ben Duckett missed the Northants pre-season tour of Barbados due to issues over his fitness. Head Coach David Ripley was quoted by the BBC as saying “Unfortunately he hasn't really found the motivation to reach the targets everyone else has got to.” Spinner Graeme White also missed the tour due to a foot injury. South Africans Richard Levi and Rory Kleinveldt did not arrive in the UK in time to tour, whilst Kyle Coetzer was on World Cup duty with Scotland. Two players who did tour were  Saif Zaib and Chad Barrett.


Second XI physiotherapist Madhan Ramanathan has left Northants Cricket to take up a career opportunity in Mumbai in his native India.


Former umpires and Northamptonshire cricketers George Sharp and Peter Willey have lost their age discrimination case against the England and Wales Cricket Board. A tribunal decided that the fact that the two had been removed from the first-class umpires list having reached the retirement age of 65 was not a case of unfair dismissal or unlawful discrimination.


Northamptonshire's Rob Keogh was nominated by The Cricketer's 'The Don' as one of his 'Players To Watch' in the April edition.


Warwickshire all-rounder Paul Best has retired from cricket at the age of 24 after failing to recover from a persistent back injury. Best had a spell on loan with Northamptonshire in 2011 playing in three Clydesdale Bank 40 overs matches, one County Championship match (v Glamorgan at Swansea) and the tourist match against India.




One of my friends has the privelege of being related to a Northamptonshire cricketer who played for England. Arthur Mold was in fact the 

second Northamptonshire-born player to appear in a Test Match*


Arthur Webb Mold was born at Middleton Cheney on 27 May 1863. A right-arm fast bowler Mold originally appeared for his village side, helping them to remain unbeaten during the 1882 season. Banbury Cricket Club employed him as professional in 1885 and 1886.


At this time Northamptonshire were a Minor County and by the time that Mold was asked to play for them he had already caught the eye of Lancashire (though he did play some matches for his native county in 1887 and 1888) and was employed as a professional in the Lancashire leagues.


He qualified by residence to play for Lancashire and made his debut for them against the MCC in May 1889. Throughout the 1890's Mold was to be a leading bowler for his adopted county regularly claiming over a hundred wickets in a season. In 1892, Wisden said: "On anything like a rough or bumpy wicket [pitch] he is, beyond all question, the most difficult and dangerous bowler of the day.”


His highest wicket haul came in 1895 when he claimed 213 at an average of just under 16. Mold produced his best bowling figures three years earlier at Tonbridge when he took 9-29 as Kent were routed for just 57 to lose by an innings.


Mold's success was such that it was no surprise that he was selected for England in all three Test Matches which comprised the 1893 home series against Australia. His best bowling figures came in the opening match at Lord's when he claimed 3-44.


The turn of the century was to see the spotlight of first-class cricket to fall on illegal bowling actions (or 'throwing') not for the last time. In June 1900 in the match against Lancashire at Trent Bridge Mold was no balled for throwing by umpire Jim Phillips and subsequently withdrawn from the attack by his captain Archie MacLaren.


1900 was also Mold's benefit year with Lancashire which realised a total of £2,050.

The following season in the match against Somerset at Old Trafford saw Mold called for throwing no less than 16 times by Phillips. Despite playing a few more matches for Lancashire Mold's reputation was ruined and he retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 1901 season.


He did play some further minor county matches for Northamptonshire in 1903 before returning to league cricket.


Arthur Mold's final years were to see him return to Middleton Cheney. He died there on 29 April 1921 after a long illness.


It was immediately after the controversial match against Somerset in 1901 that Mold was filmed bowling in the nets by Blackburn-based film makes Mitchell and Kenyon. This short film can now be viewed on YouTube.


* The first was Charles Studd (born at Spratton in 1860) who played for England in the 1882 match at The Oval. England lost by 7 runs and The Ashes were born. A missionary who worked in China, India and Africa Studd died in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1931.




Northants tour began with a 22-run victory over a  Barbados XI in their opening match in the Twenty20 tournament. David Willey hit 48 from 30 balls as Northants totalled 164-7. Their were also useful contributions from Joss Cobb (46) and Rob Keogh (39). Willey then took 2-18 as Barbados were contained to 142-6 and was justifiably named Man of the Match.


Willey claimed a second successive Man of the Match award in the semi-final against Hampshire. He hit 77 off 39 balls and with Rob Newton scoring 52 from 37 Northants reached 170-5. Hampshire were then bowled out for 138 with Saif Zaib claiming 3-24 with his left arm spin.


Nottinghamshire were the opponents in the final and they restricted the Steelbacks to 122-9. Notts reached their target with three overs and seven wickets to spare. Former Northants batsman Riki Wessels making an unbeaten 59.


In the two-day match against Warwickshire the opponents declared on 230-3. Rob Newton hit 72 in the Northants reply of 102-1. On the second day Warwickshire again declared – on 134-2 – to set a victory target of 263. Northants closed on 226-9 with Steven Crook (62) top scoring.


The final match of the tour was scheduled to be a two-day match against a Barbados XI. However the first day was lost to rain and the match ended drawn.


It was reported that both David Murphy and Adam Rossington struggled with ankle injuries on the tour. Maurice Chambers returned to England with a thigh muscle strain which required a scan.




The Second Eleven have the following fixtures this season;


15 April Combined XI with Kent v Warwickshire at Beckenham (Friendly)


21 April v Derbyshire at Northampton (friendly)


27 April v Warwickshire at Shirley (Championship)


30 April v Warwickshire at Edgbaston (Trophy)


11 May v Worcestershire at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes (T20 – two matches)


12 May v Worcestershire at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes (Championship)


22 May v Lancashire at Oundle School (T20 – two matches)


26 May v Nottinghamshire at Northampton (T20 – two matches)


27 May v Nottinghamshire at Stowe School (Championship)


8 June v Yorkshire at York (Championship)


11 June v Yorkshire at Barnsley (T20 – two matches)


15 June v Leicestershire at TBC (Championship)


18 June v Leicestershire at TBC (T20 – two matches)


22 June v Lancashire at Todmorden (Championship)


25 June v Lancashire at Westhoughton (Trophy)


29 June v Leicestershire at Totternhoe (Trophy)


1 July v Durham ay Finedon (Trophy)


3 July v Unicorns at Desborough (Trophy)


8 July v Durham at Northampton (Championship)


23 July v Nottinghamshire at Nottinghamshire Sports Ground, Nottingham


27 July v Derbyshire at TBC (Championship)


30 July v Derbyshire at TBC (Trophy)


10 August v MCC Universities at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes


26 August v Leicestershire at Desborough (Friendly)


2 September  Combined XI with Kent v Worcestershire at Northampton (Friendly)


Second Eleven Championship matches are played over three days. Teams are divided into two groups – North and South with Northamptonshire  in the North Group.


The Second Eleven Trophy matches are 50 overs a side.




3 May v Netherlands at TBC (One Day Cup)

4 May v Suffolk at TBC (One Day Cup)

24 May v Leicestershire at TBC (One Day Cup)

25 May v Derbyshire at TBC (One Day Cup)

14 June v Gloucestershire at TBC (T20)

14 June v Hampshire at TBC (T20)

21 June v Cheshire at TBC (One Day Cup)

5 July v Devon at TBC (T20)

5 July v Worcestershire at TBC (T20)

31 July v Army at Northampton (Friendly)

2 August v Cornwall at TBC (T20)

2 August v Oxfordshire at TBC (T20)

16 August v Scotland at TBC (T20)

16 August v Buckinghamshire at TBC (T20)

30 August v Oxfordshire at TBC (One Day Cup)

31 August v Hertfordshire at TBC (One Day Cup)

13 September v Hampshire at TBC (One Day Cup)




In late March Northamptonshire played a two-day friendly match at Trent Bridge. On the first day Nottinghamshire amassed 312-1 in 60 overs with four batsmen retiring. The one successful bowler was Ben Sanderson who took 1-46 in his 15 overs. In reply Northants reached 42-1 by the close. On  Day Two Stephen Peters (84) and Adam Rossington (54) added 120 and Northants declared at 192-4. When Notts batted again they made 186-2 before the close.




The Northants Cricket AGM took place on 1 April. Amongst the matters discussed were the following;


  • It was confirmed that Ray Payne has accepted the offer to become full-time Chief Executive.
  • Geoff Arnold has left his position as bowling coach.
  • The Club has agreed to re-instate the Life Members privelege of being able to bring a second guest to T20 matches and the Tourist match.
  • The Sky TV boxes on the top of the Indoor Cricket Centre will be completed by May. (This should mean the end of scaffolding blocking part of the view at the Wantage Road end.)
  • The Club will be initiating a regular jazz club.
  • The house in Adnitt Road has not been sold.











Coach Departs 8am from The County Ground

A Deposit of £10 is required which will be refunded if the coach does not run.

Please book at The Signal Box or with Jim Finney on 01933-443950.



There is still time to renew your Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club membership if you haven't already done so. Membership rates are currently £3 per year or £15 for five years. Please pop into the 'Signal Box' to see us and renew.

N.B. If you have a five year membership which began in 2010 or later you obviously do not have to renew this year.



 The Supporters Club has received thanks from Northants Cricket  Chief Executive David Smith for the donation we made to the parent Club at the start of the season. As always we are delighted to assist the Club as often as we can. Long may this continue to be the case.


Any addition to the comparatively small number of books about Northamptonshire cricket is very welcome and none more so than this publication by former Chronicle and Echo cricket correspondent Andy Roberts. Andy has interviewed a number of key people from Northamptonshire's recent cricketing past who are able to give a number of insights.

The book covers the forty year span from 1974 to 2013, ending with the Steelbacks' T20 triumph last season. It does not claim to be a history of these years but the description of a number of matches which took place during my formative years as a Northamptonshire supporter certainly make it a fascinating read. It certainly brought back a lot of memories for me. There are a number of amusing anecdotes and one of my favourites concerns then then PA announcer Ron Staniford learning the reason why Kent's flag features a white horse on a red background (I'm not explaining more here – you will have to read it!)

Fields of Maroon and Gold is available during the season from The Signal Box at the reduced price of £10 for Supporters Club members. For non-members to price is £15.



On 6th July 1964 The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night was released. Exactly one week later The 13th July  saw Northamptonshire complete a two-day innings victory over Nottinghamshire at Kettering. Notts were dismissed for 121 (Jim Watts 6-60) and 102 (Malcolm Scott 4-30). Roger Prideaux (53) top scored in a total of 229. Those were the days!

Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club would like to thank Autohome for their assistance in the printing of this newsletter.