Northamptonshire Player Number: 495
When Saif took the field for Northamptonshire in their non-first-class fixture at Durham UCCE in May 2014 he became the first 15-year-old ever to represent the County’s first-team – underlining his precocious talent and enormous potential as batsman and left-arm spinner. The club offered the youngster from High Wycombe a three-year professional contract, and the following winter he showed impressive form for England Under-17s in Dubai before making his first-class debut against Kent in August 2015 – just six weeks after his 17th birthday. Selected for three Championship matches in 2016, he hit an unbeaten 65 at Swansea and claimed 5-148 from a marathon 26 overs against Leicestershire. In 2017 he furthered his cricketing education with five appearances in the T20 Blast.
Supported by the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust through the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme’
Head Coach David Ripley says that focus has to shift quickly to the Specsavers County Championship after Friday’s Vitality Blast win over Leicestershire Foxes.
A disappointing Vitality Blast campaign for the Steelbacks in the Vitality Blast at least ended on a high note as they avenged their opening-day defeat at the hands of the Leicestershire with a comprehensive win at Grace Road.
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.