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Northants beaten by Worcestershire in New Road thriller

Northants suffered their third defeat of the County Championship Division Two season in dramatic fashion at New Road.

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Alex Wakely (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Northants skipper Wakely frustrated as rain halts victory bid

Captain Alex Wakely reflected on a ‘really frustrating day’ after Northants’ victory charge at New Road was hampered by the weather.

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Steven Crook smashed a century for Northants at Worcestershire (picture: Dave Ikin)

Crook and Barrett show class on record-breaking day for Northants

Northants tail-ender Chad Barrett completed a maiden century to mark his Specsavers County Championship debut on a record-breaking day against Worcestershire at New Road.

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Rob Keogh hit a century at New Road (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Keogh helps Northants build on T20 buzz at New Road

Rob Keogh says Northants are making the most of the T20 buzz as they impressed with the bat at New Road on Monday.

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David Ripley steered the Steelbacks to T20 glory for the second time in four seasons (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Skipper Wakely salutes Steelbacks boss Ripley after T20 triumph

Steelbacks skipper Alex Wakely has hailed head coach David Ripley for the job he has done at the County Ground.

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PRIZE GUYS - the Northants squad celebrates as Alex Wakely lifts the NatWest T20 Blast Trophy at Edgbaston (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

T20 FINAL: Ripley’s pride as Steelbacks storm to Natwest Blast title

David Ripley says he was ‘very proud’ of his Steelbacks players after they sealed NatWest T20 Blast glory at Edgbaston.

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SPRAY TO WIN! - Josh Cobb (left) joins in with the Steelbacks T20 title party (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

T20 FINAL: Cobb hails ‘special’ Steelbacks after Edgbaston victory

Man of the match Josh Cobb described the Steelbacks as a ‘special side’ after they triumphed at NatWest T20 Blast finals day.

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GLORY NIGHT - Alex Wakely celebrates a wicket during the Steelbacks' final win over Durham (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

T20 BLAST FINAL: Cobb and Wakely steer Steelbacks to T20 glory

Josh Cobb was the star of the show as Northants Steelbacks lifted the NatWest T20 Blast trophy in dramatic style under the Edgbaston lights on Saturday night.

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WELL BATTED - Ben Duckett acknowledges the applause of the Edgbaston crowd after his brilliant innings of 84 (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

T20 FINALS DAY: Duckett delivers as Steelbacks set up T20 Blast final date

A brilliant innings of 84 by Ben Duckett and a superb all-round bowling performance saw Northants Steelbacks reach their second successive NatWest T20 Blast Final as they beat Notts Outlaws by eight runs in a pulsating semi-final at Edgbaston.

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VICTORY SMILES - Ben Duckett and Alex Wakely celebrate Northants' Steelbacks T20 semi-final win over Notts Outlaws at Edgbaston (Pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

T20 FINALS DAY: Northants Steelbacks versus Notts Outlaws picture special

Northants Steelbacks produced a superb performance at Edgbaston on Saturday to see off Notts Outlaws by eight runs in the NatWest T20 Blast semi-final.

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STAYING WITH NORTHANTS - Josh Cobb has signed a new three-year contract

T20 FINALS DAY: Big boost for Northants as Cobb signs three-year deal

Northants have been handed a huge boost on the eve of their appearance in the NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day with the news that all-rounder Josh Cobb has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

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HAPPY CAMP - Northants Steelbacks skipper Alex Wakely (right) has let slip a few dressing room secrets ahead of Saturday's NatWest Blast T20 Finals Day (PIctures: Kirsty Edmonds)

T20 FINALS DAY: Get to know the Steelbacks, with skipper Alex Wakely

At NatWest T20 Blast finals day, there will be a plethora of star names given their share of the spotlight.

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DREAMING OF GLORY - Northants head coach David Ripley

T20 FINALS DAY: Ripley says Steelbacks are ready to end Notts hoodoo

David Ripley says NatWest T20 Blast finals day would be the perfect time for the Steelbacks to end their 10-year Nottinghamshire hoodoo.

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AIMING FOR MORE GLORY - Ben Duckett and Rob Keogh enjoy the Steelbacks' 2013 finals day success, and Duckett is hoping to help Northants to glory again this weekend

T20 FINALS DAY: Batting star Duckett hoping he has saved his best until Blast!

The Steelbacks will certainly hope that Ben Duckett is saving his best till last.

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Northants celebrate their 2013 T20 success at Edgbaston

T20 FINALS DAY: Brilliant Steelbacks relish punching above their weight

When Northants fans arrive at Edgbaston for finals day on Saturday, they should spare a thought for all those who couldn’t be there.

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Notts Outlaws celebrate a wicket during their NatWest T20 Blast win over Northants at the County Ground last month

T20 FINALS DAY: Notts coach Newell questions Steelbacks’ ‘underdogs’ tag

Mick Newell says he and his players have ‘massive’ respect for the Steelbacks ahead of their NatWest T20 Blast semi-final at Edgbaston on Saturday.

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MAGICAL MEMORY - Steven Crook is congratulated after claiming a wicket in the 2013 T20 final win over Surrey

T20 FINALS DAY: Crook wants to experience that winning feeling again

“Win!”. That is Steven Crook’s response when asked what he and his Steelbacks team-mates have learned from last year’s NatWest T20 Blast disappointment at Edgbaston.

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Richard Gleeson sustained a side injury in the defeat to Surrey (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks duo Gleeson and Prasanna set to miss finals day

David Ripley says the Steelbacks will need a ‘miracle’ to get key bowler Richard Gleeson fit Saturday’s NatWest T20 Blast finals day.

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Rory Kleinveldt rifled a fantastic unbeaten 76 (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

Kleinveldt heroics can’t save Steelbacks as Surrey secure dramatic quarter-final win

A nightmare over cost Northants dear as they were dumped out of the Royal London One-Day Cup in dramatic fashion by Surrey.

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FIVE STAR - teenager Saif Zaib claimed a five-wicket haul

Leicestershire play it safe and Northants bat their way to draw

Northants batted out for a bore draw on the final afternoon of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two at the County Ground after Leicestershire declined to offer a reasonable chase.

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