Capel praises County effort

Northants v Gloucestershire (CC) Delarge wicket
Northants v Gloucestershire (CC) Delarge wicket
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David Capel praised Northamptonshire’s perseverance following their dramatic 121-run victory against Gloucestershire in the County Championship.

The 22-point haul, secured in the final over of the fourth day, moves the County up to fifth in the second division table and will put them in good spirits ahead of their trip to Yorkshire this week and head coach Capel was delighted with the efforts of his charges.

He said: It was a good, hard, game of cricket. Obviously we’re pleased with the outcome and I was happy with the contributions of a number of our players.

“Kyle (Coetzer) played well in both innings and could easily have had two centuries and James (Middlebrook), to get a century opening the batting and then bowl 40-odd overs on the final day was a fantastic effort.

“We left it late and I’m sure every cricketing purist who was watching would’ve enjoyed it and the main thing I was pleased with was the spirit of the players to battle through a tough day and come out on top.”

Although they came away with the spoils – their second win of the campaign – Capel admitted that there were aspects of the performance that gave cause for concern.

He added: “I was disappointed we didn’t push on with the bat after an excellent first day and we could’ve bowled better in the first innings and made them follow on.

“That made it tougher for us and that’s something to work on but overall it was a fine performance.”

Meanwhile, on the injury front, David Sales will visit a specialist tomorrow (Monday) to learn how serious the damage to his hamstring is.

And there are still doubts surrounding the fitness of both Jack Brooks and Chaminda Vaas.