Northamptonshire Player Number: 438
A member of the Steelbacks’ two T20-winning sides, in 2013 and 2016, Steven remains one of the country’s most destructive all-rounders in short-course cricket; the ultimate ‘impact player.’ But the Northamptonshire dressing room’s most accomplished musician can also shine in the longer stuff, as the Australian tourists discovered in 2015 when ‘Crooky’ – born in the land Down Under, of course – took an unbeaten 142 off their attack, facing just 96 balls. He began his county career at Lancashire before switching to Wantage Road (initially on loan), and then returned to the club following a couple of seasons at Middlesex. Appropriately, given that background, his maiden first-class century in 2014 was scored at Lord’s – and the following year he also made one against Lancashire.
Richard Levi’s 28-ball half-century helped Northamptonshire to consecutive wins in the NatWest T20 Blast with a record T20 run-chase of 196 at Wantage Road. Levi’s 58 in 37 balls gave Northants a flowing start and Steven Crook’s 33 in 24 balls finished the job.
Rob Newton and Steven Crook hit centuries as Northamptonshire batted through the final day at Bristol to save their Specsavers Championship match against Gloucestershire
It has been announced that the Players Charity will be a fundraising initiative called Runs4Funds which was started last year by Northamptonshire All Rounder Steven Crook.
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.
Ben Duckett and Adam Rossington took full advantage of two innings apiece as Northamptonshire tackled Nottinghamshire in a two-day practice match in Barbados. Duckett (23 and 34 not out) and Rossington (38 and 34 not out) boosted the County to 225 all out on the opening day.
A Barbados Select XI proved too strong for Northamptonshire in Wednesday's 50-over contest at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
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.
Despite the awful conditions that Storm Gertrude brought to the County Ground on Friday night, a brave 137 volunteers experienced sleeping rough for the night and their efforts raised a whopping £32,000.
S&C coach Chris Tombs has been getting stuck into his new role as Northants S&C coach. Northants players Steven Crook and Saif Zaib are put through their paces, watch here:
Click here to view Episode 2 of 2016 pre-season training. Rob Newton and Alex Wakely work on their batting skills.
Northamptonshire all rounder Steven Crook is one of the winners of this year’s Professional Cricketers’ Association Personal Development Scholarships. The scholarships were introduced by the PCA in 2013 to find and reward the most proactive members, past and present, on or off the pitch, in the area of Personal Development.