Skipper Cobb delighted as Steelbacks keep their cool under pressure to see off Glamorgan

Josh Cobb admitted the Steelbacks' thrilling last-over win over Glamorgan at Edgbaston was 'a bit more nervy' than he would have liked.

Alex Wakely celebrates after scoring the winnings runs
Alex Wakely celebrates after scoring the winnings runs

But he couldn't contain his delight after his Northants team secured their fourth straight victory in the Vitality T20 Blast to go four points clear at the top of the Central Group.

Chasing Glamorgan's 160 for seven, the Steelbacks raced to 50 without loss in just four overs.

But they then lost key wickets, the run-rate slowed, and in the end it needed an unbeaten 36 from Alex Wakely and a couple of boundaries from Graeme White (12no) at the death to see them home with four wicket and just four balls to spare.

There was a minute's silence held in memory of David Capel, with the steelbacks players, and umpires Rob Bailey and Nick Cook, wearing black armbands

"It was a bit more nervy than I would have liked after the start with the bat," admitted Cobb.

"But standing here now with the win, sometimes those close ones feel a bit better.

"Everbody has chipped in along the way so far, with different people putting their hands up at different times, and there are a few in the bag yet to do that.

"So winning these close games is brilliant for the confidence of the side, and we just have to keep this momentum rolling."

The Steelbacks' clash was the second in a Sky Sports double header at the home of Warwickshire, with the first game between Somerset and Worcstershire producing 442 runs!

But Cobb admitted he wasn't certain how the pitch would behave under the floodlights.

"I didn't really know what to expect, hence the reason I decided to have a bowl first," said Cobb.

"I just didn't know what a good score was, because Somerset got 230 in the game before amd Worecster got within 16 runs.

"So we had no idea what a good score was, and we adapted pretty quickly to the conditions and pegged them back nicely through the middle of their innings.

"Nathan Buck's spell there, with him grabbing the wickets he did, was outstanding."

Buck ended with four 29, and then Paul Stirling and Riichard Levi hit quickfire 20s to set up the reply.

But it was left to somebody who knows all about winning tight games at Edgbaston to see the Steelbacks home.

"I was really pleased for Wakers to see him do that," said Cobb.

"He has got that role at the end of finishing the innings, and to come off not out today was excellent for him, and also the lower order batters.

"In the last two games they have gone out and got some valuable runs. The whole team is chipping in, and long may that continue."

The match was preceded by an emotional minute's silence in memory of former Northants player and coach David Capel, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 57.

The Steelbacks players, as well as umpires Rob Bailey and Nick Cook, both former County players, also wore black arm bands.

Cobb's side now have a week off T20 duty before their next match at home to Gloucestershire next Friday night.