Coach Ripley delighted as Steelbacks hold nerve to keep Lord’s dream alive

Northants Steelbacks coach David Ripley was delighted to see his players keep their nerve and seal a crucial 23-run win at Worcestershire Rapids on Wednesday.

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CLEANING UP - Richard Gleeson claimed five wickets as Northants Steelbacks beat Worcestershire Rapids

Steelbacks keep Royal London hopes alive with crucial Rapids victory

Ben Duckett continued his prolific form as Northants Steelbacks reignited their Royal London One-day Cup campaign with a 23-run victory against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

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STILL IN WITH A CHANCE - Northants batsman Ben Duckett isn't giving up on Royal London One Day Cup qualification

Duckett says Steelbacks not giving up on reaching One Day Cup knockout stage

Batsman Ben Duckett is confident Northants Steelbacks can still qualify for the knockout stages of the Royal London One Day Cup, despite Tuesday’s eight-wicket defeat at Birmingham Bears.

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MIXED DAY - Steelbacks skipper Alex Wakely top scored with 70, but then saw his team slump to defeat at Birmingham Bears

Bowlers have no answer as Bears prove too strong for Steelbacks

An opening stand of 180 from Sam Hain and William Porterfield powered Birmignham Bears to an eight-wicket Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Northants Steelbacks at Edgbaston.

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Ben Duckett hit a brilliant 220 not out for England Lions against Sri Lanka A

‘Best day of my career’ says record-breaker Duckett as he smashes 220 not out for England Lions

Record-breaking Northants batsman Ben Duckett smashed an incredible 220 not out for England Lions in their 140-run win over Sri Lanka A at Canterbury, and declared it ‘the best day of my career so far’.

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Rob Keogh struck a superb century for the Steelbacks against Durham (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Centurion Keogh delighted as Steelbacks show they can cope without stars

Rob Keogh revelled in his match-winning display against Durham Jets as the Steelbacks showed they could cope without a couple of their stars.

The Steelbacks celebrated a stunning win against Durham (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks smash Durham to revive Royal London One-Day Cup hopes

Rob Keogh’s maiden List A century steered the Steelbacks to a thumping Royal London One-Day Cup victory over Durham Jets by 170 runs at Wantage Road.

David Willey hit 74 for Yorkshire Vikings against his former county Northants Steelbacks

Willey returns to haunt his old mates

A bruising knock of 74 by David Willey against his former club was largely responsible for Yorkshire Vikings beating North Group leaders, Northants Steelbacks, by 75 runs at Headingley to boost their chances of reaching the quarter-final stages of the NatWest T20 Blast.

David Ripley is demanding another big performance at Headingley on Friday night (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ripley wants Steelbacks to bring it home

David Ripley has urged his Steelbacks stars to bring it home after booking their place in the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Ben Duckett will play for England Lions at the County Ground on Thursday (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks star Duckett looks forward to home support as England Lions come to town

Ben Duckett is relishing the prospect of making his second appearance for England Lions on home territory – even if he has given himself a very tough act to follow.

Graeme White took four wickets in the win against Birmingham Bears (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks star White was shocked by Bears hat-trick

Graeme White admits he didn’t know he had taken a hat-trick in the Steelbacks’ emphatic success against Birmingham Bears on Tuesday night.

David Ripley was delighted with his team's display against Birmingham Bears (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Ripley: Lack of Sky coverage motivated Steelbacks in Bears success

David Ripley says it is a ‘little bit strange’ that the Steelbacks haven’t had more Sky coverage this season.

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Adam Rossington registered his best T20 score in a fine Steelbacks success (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Super Steelbacks stun Bears to book quarter-final spot

The Steelbacks produced a stunning all-round display in front of the Sky cameras as they secured their place in the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast.

Ben Duckett was in brilliant form for England Lions (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northants star Duckett delivers brilliant ton in England Lions success

Northants star Ben Duckett blasted a stunning 163 not out to help the England Lions race past Pakistan A at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

Birmingham Bears captain Ian Bell

Bears skipper Bell targeting swift revenge against Steelbacks

Birmingham Bears skipper Ian Bell has revenge on his mind ahead of tomorrow night’s NatWest T20 Blast clash against Northants Steelbacks at the County Ground (start 6.30pm)

David Ripley (picture: Peter Short)

Steelbacks boss Ripley calls for calm ahead of big Bears battle

David Ripley has urged his Steelbacks stars to stay calm ahead of their huge NatWest T20 Blast game against Birmingham Bears at the County Ground on Tuesday night.

Alex Wakely insists the Steelbacks will recover quickly (picture: Peter Short)

Wakely: Steelbacks will bounce back after Durham defeat

Skipper Alex Wakely insists the Steelbacks will bounce back after suffering their second successive NatWest T20 Blast defeat.

Rory Kleinveldt made his return to action at the Riverside Ground (picture: Peter Short)

No winning return for Rory as Steelbacks are defeated by Durham

Rory Kleinveldt hit a quickfire 23 and took a wicket on his Northants return, but the Steelbacks were to suffer a six-wicket defeat at Durham Jets on Friday night.

Richard Gleeson helped the Steelbacks to secure a fine win against Durham in the T20 competition last month (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Painful memories motivate Northants ahead of Durham clash

”We got absolutely battered, didn’t we? Let’s hope for better!”

David Ripley says the Northants players are hurting after their defeat to Worcestershire (picture: Peter Short)

It’s ‘absolute nonsense’ to suggest Northants don’t care about Championship matches, says Ripley

David Ripley says the Northants players are hurting after this week’s humbling defeat to Worcestershire.

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