Northants return to LV= County Championship action today as they host Nottinghamshire, with the game starting at the later time of 12pm.
This will be Northants’ first LV=CC game in a month. Last time they took on Somerset here at the County Ground. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, on what looked a good batting wicket. Despite wickets falling around him, Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick (124) led the way, as he scored an excellent century and was ably supported by Peter Trego (77), as Somerset finished 375 all out. The pick of the Northants bowlers were David Willey and Olly Stone who took three wickets each.
In reply, the hosts got off to a bad start as they lost several wickets early. Northants had Adam Rossington (48) and David Willey (53) to thank, as they managed to finish 221 all out, as Lewis Gregory recorded career best figures of six for 47.
An 87 from Chris Jones in Somerset’s second innings led them to 249/8, before declaring with a lead of 403 runs. Despite this uphill task, Northants showed they were not going to just roll over and let Somerset win. Half centuries from James Kettleborough, Kyle Coetzer, Adam Rossington, Andrew Hall and David Willey led the Northants fight back, but alas it was not enough, as the hosts were bowled out 351, losing by 52 runs.
Nottinghamshire’s last game was an absolute thriller, as they took on Lancashire in Liverpool. The visitors led by Andre Adams, were able to bowl the hosts out for 225. The pitch really favoured the bowlers, as Nottinghamshire were then bowled out for 261, mainly thanks to an 82 from Steven Mullaney.
Lancashire were thankful for Australian Usman Khawaja’s half century, which helped them finish on 205, giving them a lead of 169 runs. Nottinghamshire really struggled in their run chase as they lost wickets at regular intervals. In the end, the game went down to the final wicket, on the final day as Nottinghamshire managed to scrape through to victory by one wicket.
Last time the sides met
When Northants travelled up to Trent Bridge in May, skipper Stephen Peters led by example, hitting an excellent 88, as wickets fell around him and the visitors were eventually bowled out for 248. In reply, the hosts started off slowly, losing several early wickets.
With the first day being completely washed out, Nottinghamshire went into the final day on 259/5, with the game looking like it will end in a draw. However former Steelback, Rikki Wessels had other ideas, as he smashed a devastating 158, as the hosts declared on 409/8, leading by 161 runs.
Then Australian Peter Siddle and Ajmal Shahzad went to work, taking four wickets each, as Nottinghamshire bowled Northants out for 151, winning by an innings and 10 runs.
One to Watch
Nottinghamshire have a very strong squad, with the likes of England man Alex Hales in fine form, averaging 52.9 this season, having hit two centuries. With the ball, another England star in Harry Gurney is the visitor’s strike bowler, having taken 30 wickets this season at an average of 27.3.
Overseas bowler bowler Neil Wagner will make his debut or the club. Whilst Rob Keogh returns to the squad after injury.
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