Ripley urges Steelbacks to keep their run going at Rapids

David Ripley wants his team to keep their winning run going at New Road (picture: Peter Short)
David Ripley wants his team to keep their winning run going at New Road (picture: Peter Short)

David Ripley has urged his Northants Steelbacks side to ‘keep marching on’ in this season’s NatWest T20 Blast.

But the head coach knows that Worcestershire Rapids will be out for revenge at New Road on Friday night.

The Rapids were thrashed by seven wickets at the County Ground last Friday, seeing their 100 per cent start to the T20 competition crushed.

The Steelbacks are now the only unbeaten team in the tournament, having won all three of their games so far.

Northants are top of the North Group, but they know that they will be knocked off their perch if they lose to the Rapids this week.

And Ripley is hoping his men can keep their good run going by repeating last season’s memorable win at New Road, when Rory Kleinveldt hammered 42 from just 12 balls.

“Rory swung last year’s game there in our favour and we had a brilliant last over from Azhar (Muhammad Azharullah),” Ripley said.

“It was a tough game of cricket and we won’t expect anything different this week.

“I’m sure they will want a little bit of revenge after what happened last week, but it will be a good opportunity for us to keep marching on.”