Duckett in line to start one-day campaign

Ben Duckett will make his YB40 debut against Nottinghamshire this weekend
Ben Duckett will make his YB40 debut against Nottinghamshire this weekend

Ben Duckett will make his List A debut for Northamptonshire in their Yorkshire Bank 40 opener against Nottinghamshire on Sunday.

The Stowe School student, who is yet to take his A-Level exams, will replace David Murphy behind the stumpsas one of three likely changes from the side that has made an excellent start to the year.

Olly Stone and Matt Spriegel will also take their place in the side as the County seek an upturn in their limited overs fortunes after a disastrous season last time out.

And head coach David Ripley reckons that the trio deserve the chance to show what they can do, saying: “Ben impressed in Barbados batting wise and we need someone for that number six position as it adds more depth to the batting.

“David (Murphy) stood up to the stumps is as good as anyone in the country in my opinion but for the balance of the side Ben will get an opportunity to prove himself.

“Matt (Spriegel) has made five half-centuries in six innings for the seconds, he was also good in Barbados and has a good one-day record and will give us something different.”

The hosts will have their work cut out against a Nottinghamshire outfit who boast a number of internationals.

England spinner Graeme Swann is set to feature after recovering from elbow surgery and although Stuart Broad is likely to sit this one out after playing two Championship fixtures, they will field the likes of Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Samit Patel and Australian Ed Cowan.

The bookies have them down as one of the favourites for the competition and Ripley accepts it will be a good test.

He added: “We’ve got two hard games first up in Notts and Sussex.

“They’re a strong side who bat a long way down but we want to show that we’re making improvements.”

Northants from: Peters, Coetzer, Sales, Wakely, Spriegel, Duckett, Crook, Willey, Middlebrook, Copeland, Stone, Daggett, Hall, de Lange.