Keogh provides a positive for Steelbacks

County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton  Northants cricket friendly - Steelbacks A v Steelbacks B.'Rob Keogh and Ben Duckett.
County Ground, Wantage Road, Northampton Northants cricket friendly - Steelbacks A v Steelbacks B.'Rob Keogh and Ben Duckett.
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David Capel believes that the introduction of Rob Keogh into the senior side is one positive that can be taken from the abandoned Clydesdale Bank 40 trip to Kent.

Only 33 overs were possible in Tunbridge Wells as the rain, yet again, had the final say but the Northamptonshire head coach, in his trademark upbeat manner, saw through the gloom.

And the cameo of Keogh - an undefeated 23 from 25 deliveries - at the tail end of the visitors’ innings is where Capel directed his focus.

He said: “Rob has been in good form and with Con (de Lange) out with a bad back we wanted to get him in at number six and I was pleased with what I saw.

“He’s one of a few that are making good progress and it has been good that we can get them in to the first team and give them the experience that will make them better players.

“The likes of Rob and Ollie (Stone) are improving all of the time and are making themselves get noticed and if they keep that up then people will see a lot more of them.”

As for the game, it was the third washout in six outings for the Steelbacks and Capel said that he sympathised with the paying public who are being constantly frustrated.

He added: “It’s frustrating for everyone as there is nothing that can be done.

“It’s the supporters I feel for. We had a good number come down to watch us and for them to have to watch it rain, it’s not ideal.

“We were up for the game and fancied our chances but the umpires made the right decisions throughout the day and it was a shame that we couldn’t get back out there.”