Wakely unfazed by potential knockout opponents

Alex Wakely
Alex Wakely

Northamptonshire Steelbacks skipper Alex Wakely does not care who his men face in the next round of the Friends Life t20.

They concluded their group stage last night when they suffered just a second loss in the competition - this time at the hands of Worcestershire.

However, their place in the knockout stages had already been assured with a guaranteed home tie to boot.

Now, ahead of tonight’s draw for the quarter-finals, Wakely insists who they are paired with at the County Ground next Tuesday does not concern him.

The captain said: “I’m not fussed who we get.

“If we end up playing the likes of Somerset or Lancashire then so be it.

“It would be nice to get someone from another group who we don’t normally play in the Twenty20 but I’m not bothered either way.

“We’re going to have to beat three good teams if we’re to win the competition and that will have to start next week.

“There’s no fear in the changing room and we’ll really be up for it.

“To win the competition we’re going to have to beat the best sides .

“It should be a great occasion here.

“Hopefully there will be a big crowd in and we can give them something to shout about.”