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Steelbacks set to make more changes for Bears battle

Alex Wakely says the Steelbacks will have to carefully assess the balance of their side ahead of Friday night's game at Birmingham Bears (start time 7pm).

Rory Kleinveldt eventually picked up the wicket of Calum MacLeod (pictures: Kirsty Edmonds)

New low for Northants as they are beaten by Derbyshire

Northants hit a new low as they suffered a 31-run defeat to previously winless Derbyshire Falcons in the Vitality Blast clash at the County Ground.
Marcus Law's Kettering Town will kick-off the new season with a trip to Hitchin Town

Poppies on the road for season curtain-raiser

Kettering Town will start the new Evo-Stik South League Premier Division Central on the road.

Kettering Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds captain Liam Dolman and manager Andy Peaks will start the new season with a home game against Redditch United

Diamonds handed a home start at higher level

AFC Rushden & Diamonds will make their debut at Step 3 at Hayden Road after they were handed a home start in the Evo-Stik South League Premier Division Central.

New Corby Town captain Gary Mulligan will lead the team out in the league for the first time at Cambridge City on August 18

Steelmen open up at Cambridge

Corby Town will kick-off the new Evo-Stik South League Division One Central campaign at Cambridge City.

David Ripley's side are under pressure to perform against Derbyshire this evening (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks heading to last chance saloon in Vitality Blast

It’s not quite all or nothing time for Northants, but it will be if they lose both of this week’s games in the Vitality Blast.
Chris Boyd will arrive at Saints on a full-time basis in August (picture: Steve Haag)

Excitement building at Saints as new season edges ever closer

Saints CEO Mark Darbon says there is a 'real buzz' around Franklin's Gardens as the new season edges ever closer.
Michael Richens is staying on at Kettering Town for another season

Poppies squad is shaping up as friendly action takes over

Kettering Town’s squad is beginning to take shape ahead of the new Evo-Stik South League Premier Division Central season.

Kettering Town
Rushton have endured a tortuous campaign in the Northants Cricket League

Rushton hope to build a better future from dire situation

The big talking point over the past few weeks in the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire League has been the dire situation that has unfolded at Rushton.

Saints have switched their home game against Leicester Tigers to Twickenham

Saints switch Tigers clash to Twickenham in aid of centre Horne

Saints have opted to switch their home league fixture against Leicester Tigers to Twickenham to raise funds for Rob Horne.
Gary Mulligan congratulates goalscorer Elliot Sandy after he grabbed Corby Town's first goal in the 2-1 friendly success at Stamford. Picture by David Tilley

Steelmen seal friendly success as Diamonds win again

Corby Town enjoyed a winning start to their pre-season programme as they claimed a 2-1 success at Stamford.

Rob Horne was named supporters' and players' player of the year for 2017/18 (picture: Andy Taylor)

Saints farewell interview: Rob Horne

The strength of reaction to Rob Horne's retirement from rugby showed just what an impact he had made during his seven-month playing spell at Saints.

Richard Gleeson is fit again after recovering from an elbow injury (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks pace ace Gleeson in contention to face Falcons

Head coach David Ripley says a return for Richard Gleeson is 'an option' for Thursday's televised Vitality Blast clash with Derbyshire Falcons at the County Ground (start time 6.30pm).

Ben Bradshaw has rejoined Corby Town on loan from Kettering Town

Bradshaw returns to Corby on loan

Ben Bradshaw has joined Corby Town from Kettering Town on an initial six-month loan deal.

Saints beat Leicester Tigers in the Premiership clash at Franklin's Gardens last season (picture: Sharon Lucey)

Saints to host Tigers in new cup competition

Saints will face a local derby in the Premiership Rugby Cup this season.

Rhys Hoenes in action for Kettering Town during their 3-0 pre-season friendly success at Wisbech Town. Picture by Paul Cooke

Poppies and Diamonds enjoy comfortable wins

Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds kicked off their pre-season friendly schedules with comfortable victories over the weekend.
Kettering Town
David Ripley saw his Steelbacks side beaten for the fourth game in succession (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks lacking 'go-and-get-it' attitude, says Ripley

Northants head coach David Ripley says his side don't currently have the 'go-and-get-it' attitude they need to win Vitality Blast matches.

Ben Duckett was dismissed without scoring at New Road (picture: Kirsty Edmonds)

Steelbacks routed as Rapids rub salt in the wounds

Alex Wakely hit an unbeaten 54 for the Steelbacks but their chastening start to this season's Vitality Blast continued against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road.

Marcus Kelly is back at Kettering Town

Law's delight at double swoop as Kelly returns to Poppies

Kettering Town have boosted their squad with the surprise return of Marcus Kelly.

Kettering Town
Jack Bowen, pictured celebrating scoring a goal for Biggleswade Town last season, has rejoined AFC Rushden & Diamonds for the forthcoming campaign

Diamonds ready to get 'up and running'

Andy Peaks is looking forward to getting his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players “up and running” in their opening pre-season friendly of the summer tonight (Friday).

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