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‘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 completed an impressive 124-run win over Nottinghamshire on the final morning at Wantage Road to take the race for promotion from Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship into the final week.
Nottinghamshire are closing in on their seventh victory of the season after maintaining the upper hand in their Specsavers County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Trent Bridge.
A well-crafted unbeaten century by Northants Steelbacks’ captain Alex Wakely piloted his side to their first win in this year’s Royal London One-Day Cup and condemned Lancashire Lightning to their third successive defeat, a position from which Steven Croft’s team will find it immensely difficult to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Ben Sanderson led Northamptonshire to a mighty win over Glamorgan inside two days at Wantage Road with four second-innings wickets as Northants won by an innings and 22 runs to begin the 2017 season in the perfect fashion. Northants took a 209-run first-innings lead in the morning session and wrapped up victory after tea, dismissing Glamorgan for 187 in their second-innings. Northants took until August to win a County Championship match last season but here, got off the mark at the first att
Alex Wakely has signed a two-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Northamptonshire CCC until the end of the 2019 season. The new deal will see Wakely’s stay at the club reach the 15-year mark, after graduating from the academy at Wantage Road
Alex Wakely hit the sixth individual century of the match as Northamptonshire drew their first-class season-opener against Loughborough MCCU after a record-breaking day at Wantage Road
Alex Wakely hit a captain's hundred on Northamptonshire's pre-season tour in Barbados on Friday
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.