Twin Twenty20 defeats for Northants

Olly Stone was in the wickets against Hampshire
Olly Stone was in the wickets against Hampshire

Northamptonshire’s efforts in the Barbados Twenty20 Cup didn’t go to plan as they suffered back-to-back defeats over the weekend.

Alex Wakely’s side were thrashed by Nottinghamshire, the eventual winners of the competition, on Saturday before a narrow loss to Hampshire in the Plate Final on Sunday.

Against Notts, Alex Hales (53), Michael Lumb (33) and James Taylor (46no) led the Outlaws to a total of 172-6.

Considering that the initial six-over powerplay ended with the score at 81-0, this represented something of a decent fightback.

Any chance of victory was gone when the Steelbacks were reduced to 32-5 in their reply and they stumbled to a paltry 80 with County old boy Graeme White doing the damage with 4-10.

The following day the County’s batting again let them down as they could only muster 92-8 against Hampshire, Ben Duckett top-scoring with an unbeaten 26.

Olly Stone then took 3-8 as Hampshire’s chase stuttered but they got home seven wickets down with two balls remaining.

Next up for the County is a two-day clash with Warwickshire on Wednesday and Thursday.