Capel pleased with County’s graft

Northamptonshire head coach David Capel admiited that he was pleased with the application shown by his side in their County Championship draw at Headingley.

The County had to bat out the final day to secure a share of the spoils against an unbeaten Yorkshire and through a mixture of application and determination they managed to achieve that.

The points gained moved them up to fourth in the Division Two standings ahead of the home clash with Essex that gets under way on Wednesday.

And Capel paid tribute to his battling charges, saying: “We had to graft and really dig in and we did that.

“The batters showed just the right amount of determination and overall it was a really good effort.”

From the precarious position they found themselves in on the first morning when the home attack reduced them to 45-5, to come away with a draw was the result of a commendable performance and Capel was pleased with the way they went about their business over the duration of the contest.

He added: “To pull it round from the position we were in was a good effort.

“There were a couple of average shots and a few poor decisions which didn’t help but we did well to stick in there.

“And when we bowled there was a lack of covering on the third morning before the start which made it more difficult but we coped with it well.

“We battled away with the ball as it wasn’t easy for the bowlers but those who played stuck to their task pretty well.”

On of those was debutant Ollie Stone and Capel said that he liked what he saw.

“I was really pleased with Ollie,” he continued.

“What we saw was very encouraging and he held nothing back when he played.

“That’s exactly what we want to see from the younger players and it showed that he got real potential.”