Northamptonshire Player Number: 496
Playing only his second full season of first-class cricket with Northamptonshire, Richard attracted some rave reviews from knowledgeable judges around the country in 2017 – and head coach David Ripley even put his case for an international T20 call-up. The Blackpool-born fast bowler (with Minor Counties experience for Cumberland) secured a trial at Wantage Road in 2015, and gained first-team opportunities that summer against Australia and Glamorgan. Joining the club initially on a ‘match-by-match’ basis, he soon did enough in 2016 to secure a full three-year deal – impressing in the shorter version with a rare blend of accuracy and genuine pace. In 2016 he was the Steelbacks’ most economical bowler in the T20 Blast, conceding less than six runs an over.
Another Josh Cobb half-century proved to be an innings in vain for the Steelbacks against Yorkshire Vikings, who took a massive step towards the Vitality Blast quarter finals with a win at the County Ground.
Batsman Ben Curran has signed for Northamptonshire on a two-year contract from the start of next season.
This past Sunday saw the Northamptonshire 2nd XI come up against international opposition in Milton Keynes in the shape of one of the ICC's newest full member nations, Afghanistan.
This Thursday's game at the County Ground will have big implications on who reaches the quarter finals of the 2018 Vitality Blast.
Durham Jets continued their inexorable march to a home Vitality Blast quarter final with a win at the County Ground.
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club has today awarded club caps to Josh Cobb and Ben Sanderson.
Academy Director Kevin Innes rounds up the action from the middle of the summer.
Durham Jets are the next visitors to the County Ground, and while the Steelbacks will be buzzing after the midweek win over Derbyshire Falcons they will need to keep minds very focused on Friday night.
Alex Wakely says that the Steelbacks have to use the Vitality Blast win over Derbyshire Falcons as a springboard for more confident performances until the end of the season.
The Steelbacks shrugged off the disappointment of their previous Vitality Blast matches to get a win at the 3aaa County Ground.
The County Ground has its second blockbuster concert of 2018 on Saturday, September 1, with Craig David and Rita Ora coming to town to see off the summer in style!
Josh Cobb’s 100 was not enough to help the Steelbacks over the line at a sun-drenched County Ground.
Regardless of the result a day at the County Ground is great for all the family, and this Sunday will be even better than usual!
Head coach David Ripley said that he was proud of the way that the Steelbacks responded to their heavy defeat in Durham with a determined performance at Headingley.
Steven Crook's long service at the County Ground has been rewarded with a testimonial year by Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and will have its first event at this Sunday's Vitality Blast match against Birmingham Bears.
Alex Wakely says that the Steelbacks are in as tough a position as he’s ever experienced.
Ben Duckett says that the Steelbacks need a full team effort for what will be a challenging few days of Vitality Blast T20 cricket.
You can win prizes this Sunday just by uploading your Steeler selfie via the official Northamptonshire app!
Head coach David Ripley was in candid mood after seeing the Steelbacks be overcome by Worcestershire Rapids at the County Ground.
Derbyshire's spin attack of Matthew Critchley and Hamidullah Qadri carried the home side to a thrilling 39 run victory over Northamptonshire in the Specsavers County Championship match at Chesterfield.