Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely admitted his side had asked for a slightly more bowler-friendly pitch at Wantage Road.
And they got it as a first home win for nearly two years was completed inside two day’s play in the LV= County Championship match against Kent.
But Wakely, who also paid tribute to fast bowler Olly Stone after his career-best figures, felt it was a good track which encouraged good play.
“We’ve played some very good cricket but we haven’t managed to force a result,” he said.
“We asked for a sporting pitch and we got a good cricket wicket in my opinion and we managed to play good cricket and got the result we needed.
“It was a phenomenal spell (by Stone).We were saying in the slips we were as far back as we’ve been for anyone, that was quick, for someone at 21 he’s a pretty exciting talent and I’m very pleased for him as he was just struggling for a bit of confidence lately but that was superb, it was a hostile spell.
“It’s a good place at the moment.
“There’s a good buzz around the ground I think everything’s just about right at the club from top to bottom so it makes it more enjoyable and easier to play.”