Northamptonshire Player Number: 453
‘Wakers’ made Northamptonshire history in 2016 by becoming the first County skipper to lift TWO major one-day trophies when the Steelbacks were crowned T20 Blast champions again. Mushtaq Mohammad, Jim Watts and Allan Lamb all claimed one trophy apiece. It was a well-deserved reward for Alex’s tremendous resilience in bouncing back from a serious Achilles tendon injury that ruled him out for the entire 2014 season. Appointed captain in all formats for 2015 he has proved an outstanding leader both on and off the field, and it was entirely fitting that he should make a major personal contribution – 43 off 39 balls – in last August’s T20 final against Durham at Edgbaston. Involved with the club since the age of 13, no-one gives more for (and cares more about) the Steelbacks’ cause.
Northamptonshire duly completed a third Specsavers Championship victory of the season as they hammed Kent by ten wickets at Beckenham with a full day to spare.
Northamptonshire resume their Specsavers County Championship campaign on Saturday against Leicestershire at Wantage Road and still have a point to prove despite their their one-day success.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks secured a home T20 quarter-final against Middlesex despite Friday night's 14-run defeat against Yorkshire at Wantage Road
An opening stand of 180 from Sam Hain and William Porterfield powered Warwickshire to an eight-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Northamptonshire at Edgbaston.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I'm able to write this latest column from the bus as we travel up to Yorkshire for our Blast game.
Northamptonshire suffered their first County Championship washout since 1981 as not a ball could be bowled in their Specsavers Championship contest against Derbyshire at Chesterfield
The Steelbacks cemented their place at the top of the NatWestT20Blast North Group by thrashing Birmingham Bears by eight wickets at Edgbaston.
Northamptonshire suffered a two-wicket defeat at the hands of Yorkshire in the Royal London Cup at Scarborough - despite a maiden List A century from Ben Duckett
Rob Newton and Steven Crook hit centuries as Northamptonshire batted through the final day at Bristol to save their Specsavers Championship match against Gloucestershire
Northamptonshire's Championship draw with Derbyshire suggests a theme is emerging
BBC Look East's James Burridge spent a morning with the squad learning the importance of including mental wellbeing as part of the preparations for the coming season. Check out the video here.
A Barbados Select XI proved too strong for Northamptonshire in Wednesday's 50-over contest at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
For many cricketers, a day's rest can only mean one thing - golf. And for a few members of the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Squad, yesterday's rest day in Barbados was a real treat.
Northamptonshire had to settle for runners-up spot in the Barbados Twenty20 tournament as the pre-season tour to the Caribbean continues. A superb knock from Steven Crook paved the way for a comfortable 54-run victory in the semi-final against the host island.
Alex Wakely has signed a new deal with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club which sees his contract extended until September 2017. He will also remain as captain across all formats for the foreseeable future.