Ripley hails Steelbacks after they hunt down Falcons

The Steelbacks celebrated a win at the County Ground (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)
The Steelbacks celebrated a win at the County Ground (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

David Ripley hailed his Northants chasers after they hunted down a big Derbyshire Falcons score to win at the County Ground.

The Steelbacks mounted their biggest T20 chase as they knocked off the 196 needed, beating the Falcons by three wickets.

It was the second time in as many matches that they have replied in style, following the previous Friday’s five-wicket win at Leicestershire Foxes.

Richard Levi made it back-to-back half-centuries to get the Steelbacks up and running and they were to win with a ball to spare following Andy Carter’s no ball, which was hit for four by Graeme White.

The victory means Ripley’s men are now two from two in this season’s 20-over competition - and the head coach is keen to see the winning run continue.

“It was another edge-of-the-seat game, a bit like last week,” Ripley said.

“Winning those tight games is a good habit to have. We had it last year and I hope it continues again this year.

“It’s a good start to the campaign and I was pleased with the way we’re chasing.

“There will be a point where we’ve got to set a score and defend it, but, at the moment, chasing is our thing, and we’ve done it very well.”