NCCC Supporters Club


The Official Newsletter of Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club (Founded 1988)

Chairman: Trevor Bailey, 41 Debdale Road, Northampton NN3 2TR Telephone (01604) 409371 Email:

Secretary: TBA

Treasurer: Mrs Linda Fisher, 110 Denmark Street, Bedford. Telephone: 07989844171 Email:

Membership Secretary: Dianne Ward, Flat 2, 13 Park Avenue, Northampton NN3 2BX. Telephone: (01604) 635800 Email:

Newsletter Editor: Bill Horsley, 10 Delamere Road, Northampton NN4 8QG. Telephone (01604) 765780 Email:

Committee members; Sheila Kent, Jim Finney and Michael Wells.





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It is always very difficult for me to write my editorial during a cricket season as it very easy for events to overtake words. At the time of writing Northamptonshire's season has gone much better than last year and there is much to keep watching for. There have been a number of interesting and exciting matches both in the County Championship and the T20 Blast. On a personal note I have greatly enjoyed my trips away as well as the matches at the County Ground which have, in the main been successful ones!


We are planning to complete an overhaul of the Bookstall before next season which will hopefully improve what I believe is now called “the customer experience”. This will involve a great deal of 'sorting out' which we hope to complete during the close season. In the meantime there may be some book bargins available so grab them while you can!


It was very good to see David Willey continue his career with the England one-day team. Hopefully this will continue with the matches against Australia later in the season. At the time of writing David's season has been interupted by the injury he sustained in the T20 match at Worcester. Hopefully by the time you read these matches or not long afterwards he will have returned to action.


Thank you for your continued support of Northamptonshire. 




The opinions expressed by the authors of articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club

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On Sunday 2 August Northants Cricket will be staging a Summer Special afternoon of jazz with a barbecue at the County Ground. Admission is £10 on the door. Further information is available on 01604 514455 or by emailing



Kyle Coetzer was added to Scotland's squad for 

their World T20 qualifiers having originally been left out. The squad also includes newly qualified former Northants player Con de Lange.


BBC Radio Northampton reported that former Northants CEO David Smith was turned away at the gate when he tried to attend the T20 Blast match against Lancashire at the County Ground on 19 June. Smith had previously attended the T20 home matches against Birmingham and Derbyshire.


Law firm Shoosmiths, who first opened for business in Northampton in 1845, have announced their continued sponsorship of Northants Cricket.


Recent Steelbacks player Shahid Afridi will be playing for St Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean Premier League T20 competition.


The 'My Favourite Cricketer' feature in The Cricketer magazine has for the last two months featured contributors with Northamptonshire connections but neither chose Northamptonshire cricketers. Jim Hawkins wrote about Graham Barlow in July's edition whilst Chris Broad was the subject of Alec Swann's article in August. The August edition also includes features on Dennis Lillee's spell with the County in 1988 and an Ashes preview co-written by former Northamptonshire players Graeme Swann and Mike Hussey.




The King's Head on Beach Street Deal is a 250 year-old inn full of history. In summer it is a riot of colour with window boxes and pots of flowers covering its front. 


The landlord was born in Northampton and still follows the fortunes of the County and the Cobblers. He has an incredible collection of cricket memorabilia including bats of all sizes and ages, many with autographs of famous names of the past. 


It is a real homage to cricket and well worth a visit. 


To add one more interesting fact, the beer is by 

Shepherd Neame, Britain's oldest brewer. 






The two T20 matches against Nottinghamshire at the County Ground in late May were used by several of the first team as a warm up for the main competition. In the first match Notts totalled  201-2. Despite 40 from 24 balls by Ben Duckett and uselful contributions from Steven Crook (42 off 19) and Kyle Coetzer (47 off 37) Northants fell just short at 195-7. 


In the second match Adam Rossington hit 57 from 44 balls but a total of 154-7 did not trouble the visitors who won by five wickets with 14 balls to spare (Azarullah 3-18). 


Notts also defeated Northants in the Championship match between the two sides at Stowe School. Northants totalled only 129 having won the toss.Notts recovered from 87-4 to make 351. Another collapse saw Northants 53-5 but they did recover to total 274, Zak Khawaja (60) top scoring. Left a target of 53 Notts won by ten wickets. 


The next Championship match saw Northants travel to York. The visitors could make only 127 to which Yorkshire replied with 404-5 declared. In the second innings the Seconds were bowled out for 176 to lose by an innings and 101 runs. 


There was better news when the two teams met in a pair of T20 matches at Barnsley. Trialist Aaron West (91) and David Murphy (48) helped take Northants to 171-2 in the first match. Yorkshire fell short on 161-8. In the second game Murphy hit an unbeaten 71 in a total of 178-6. Again the home side fell just short making 173-6.


Next up for the Second Eleven was a trip to Hinckley for a Championship match against Leicestershire. The home side were bowled out for 202 with Karl Penhale taking 4-63. However Northants could manage only 138 in reply. Maurice Chambers (4-43) helped bowl Leicestershire out for 205 to leave a victory target of 270. However on the final day Northants collapsed from 36-0 to 74 all out to lose by 195 



The two sides then met at Grace Road for a pair of T20 matches. Leicestershire won the first by 42 runs. In the second Ben Duckett hit 99 in a total of 192-6. Ben Sanderson then took 3-17 as the host were restricted to 190-6.


On the road again the Seconds travelled to Todmorden for a Championship match against Lancashire. Akhil Patel's 75 was the highlight of a Northants total of 178. Lancashire replied with 191, Karl Penhale taking 5-74. Then Northants collapsed to 78 all out. Left just 66 to win Lancashire claimed victory by nine wickets.


The two teams reconvened at Westhoughton for a Trophy match. David Murphy (35) top scored in a disapointing total of 155. Lancashire lost just three wickets in claiming victory in the 38th over.


Northamptonshire opened their Second Eleven Trophy account with a five-wicket win over Leicestershire at Dunstable. Tom Sole took 4-24 as the visitors were bowled out for 164. Akhil Patel (49) then top scored as Northants reached their target in only 34 overs.


Durham were bowled out for 191 at Finedon in the next Trophy match with Saif Zaib (4-35) being the most successful bowler. Zaib (45) also top scored but Northants collapsed from 122-3 to 133 all out in their reply to lose by 58 runs.




Northamptonshire women were defeated twice over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in late May.


On the Sunday Leicestershire racked up 242-3 to which Northants could only reply with 106. The County Ground was the venue.


On Monday the venue was Marehay CC for a match against Derbyshire. The opponents again racked up a big score – 249-5. In reply the Steelettos crashed to just 79 all out.


There was better news when the side travelled to Boughton Hall to play Cheshire. The hosts were bowled out for 155. Despite a collapse, from 88-1 

the Steelettos were able to claim at two-wicket win. Trish Hankins (42) was the top scorer.




With another Ashes series upon us it's time to look back at how  Northamptonshire players have featured in past Ashes series;


Back in 1909  George Thompson became the first man to appear in Test Match for England whilst a Northamptonshire player. The venue was Edgbaston and Thompson was one of the fifteen originally invited to Birmingham by the selectors.


The match was dominated by the bowlers for the first three innings before England claimed a ten wicket win. Thompson batted at a lowly number ten in his only innings (run out for 6) and was allowed only four wicketless overs which went for 19 runs. George Hirst (9 wickets) and Colin Blythe (11) dominated the match.


By contrast Thompson was dropped and never played another Test Match in England (though he did play in all five Tests in South Africa the following winter).


Fast forward 25 years and another Northamptonshire bowler 'Nobby' Clark featured in two tests of the 1934 Ashes. Clark made his mark in the Australian second innings at The Oval by taking 5-98. However as Australia went on to win by the small matter of 562 runs (they made 701 and 327 to England's 321 and 145) we perhaps don't want to dwell on this too much.


The 1950-51 Ashes series in Australia saw a Northamptonshire cricketer Freddie Brown (who had toured Australia without playing a Test in the 1932-33 as a Surrey cricketer) as captain. Australia had held the urn since that 1934 series and unfortunately weren't ready to relinquish it just yet. England won the final Test at Melbourne by eight wickets (their first Test Match victory over Australia since The Oval in 1938) but had lost the previous four.


The series had begun with the infamous match at Brisbane on a 'sticky'. In reply to Australia's 228 Brown declared England's innings on 68-7. In 

turn Lindsay Hassett declared Australia's second innings at 32-7. England were bowled out for 122 to lose by 70 runs with Len Hutton making an unbeaten 62.


The next Ashes series in Australia has featured in these pages previously. Keith Andrew was destined to feature in only the first match (lost by an innings at Brisbane) but Frank Tyson played a major part in England striking back to win 3-1 and retain the precious urn.


Tyson also featured, much less effectively in the next two Ashes series taking just four wickets in his three appearances.   


The Northamptonshire captain Raman Subba Row played in all five tests of the 1961 series (won 2-1 by Australia). He scored a century in both his first Test against Australia (112 at Edgbaston) and his last (137 at The Oval). Subba Row retired from all cricket at the end of the season.


Colin Milburn's Ashes contribution was sadly brief. He appeared in the Second and Fifth Tests of the 1968 series. At Lord's he hit a typically aggressive 83 which actually outscored Australia's first innings (78) although the weather forced a draw.


Milburn's Northamptonshire opening partner Roger Prideaux made his only Ashes appearance at Headingley in the Fourth Test of that same series. He made 64 in the first innings (adding 123 with John Edrich for the first wicket). Illness prevented him from playing in the final Test at the Oval and Milburn returned to the side.


David Steele's batting in the 1975 Ashes was the feature of a recent West Stand Story article. Sadly he could not help England to victory in any of the last three tests meaning that Australia's victory in the First Test at Edgbaston proved decisive.


The Ashes were not at stake for the three Test series in Australia in 1979-80 which was just as well from an English perspective as all the matches were lost. Peter Willey featured in all of these matches whilst Wayne Larkins made his debut in the Third Test at Melbourne. Willey also played in the drawn Centenary Test at Lord's in 

1980 with the Ashes again not at stake.


Both Willey and Larkins would also appear in the fondly remembered (well, in England) 1981 Ashes. Willey was a member of the team in the first four tests, hitting 82 in the first innings and Lord's. He also in the words of one of my friends “softened the Aussies up” with an innings of 33 before Ian Botham (149*) turned the tide in the Third Test at Headingley. Larkins was selected for the Sixth Test at The Oval making 34 and 24 in a drawn match which sealed England's 3-1 series win.


Allan Lamb was of course an England regular throughout most of the 1980's . Strangely despite a number of useful scores in the 1982-83, 1985 and 1986-87 series Lamb's highest innings during those 15 tests was his 83 at Melbourne in December 1982 – a match which ended in a memorable three-run win for England (the series was lost 2-1).


Geoff Cook also played in three Tests of the 1982-83 series but made only 54 runs in six innings.


Lamb began the 1989 series with a century (125) at Headingley. England collapsed in their second innings to lose by 210 runs and injury was to prevent Lamb from playing any more part in the series.


The 1989 Ashes was to prove disasterous for England, ending in a 4-0 defeat to herald in 16 years of Australian dominance. Nick Cook appeared in the last three tests claiming five wickets. Cook was joined in the Oval Test by David Capel in a drawn match.


Capel had also played in the Bicentenary Test against Australia at Sydney in early 1988 when the Ashes were not at stake. He claimed 3-51 in a drawn match.


The 1990-91 series saw a surprise return to Ashes action for Wayne Larkins alongside Allan Lamb. Wayne totalled 141 runs and Allan 191 both making three appearances as England lost the five  match series 3-0. These were to prove the final Ashes matches for both.

Test match appearances against Australia, indeed Test match appearances full stop became something of a rarity for Northamptonshire cricketers after the early nineties. It took any injury to Ashley Giles to give Monty Panesar his chance.


The 2006-07 Ashes series was to prove disapointing for England (have I said this somewhere before?) who were whitewashed. Panesar did at least claim 5-92 in the Third Test at Perth. However that was about as good as it got.


Monty did have the satisfaction of helping to save the First Test of the 2009 Ashes at Cardiff. He added an unbeaten 19 runs with James Anderson for the last wicket. Nevertheless he was not to play in any of the remaining four matches as England claimed a 2-1 win.


Panesar was to make two more Ashes appearances in the 2013-14 series but by then he had become a Sussex player.


A number of Northamptonshire born cricketers have also played in England v Australia tests whilst playing for other counties. Charles Studd (Middlesex) and Arthur Mold (Lancashire)did so back in the 19th century. In the 21st century Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) played a major role in England's 2009, 2010-11 and 2013 Ashes victories before retiring midway through the 2013-14 series with England 3-0 down.


Several cricketers with Northamptonshire connections have also appeared for Australia in Ashes tests.


George Tribe played in three tests of the 1946-47 series, whilst Dennis Lillee began his long Ashes career in 1970-71. In both instances these appearances were made before there Northamptonshire days had begun. Similarly Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey appeared on a number of occasions for their country after the conclusion of their careers for the county.






If there is sufficient interest we will run a coach trip to the following Royal London One Day Cup match;


Sunday 2 August       v Worcestershire at Worcester


Please come and see us at the Signal Box if you want to register a place on this trip.




This autumn and winter we will again be staging lunches which will each have a guest speaker. Details of these events will appear in the next West Stand Story.






Another Australian flavoured quiz!


  1. At which venue did Northamptonshire host the Australians in 1882?
  2. Which Australian side did Northamptonshire play for the only time in 1919?
  3. Which Australian bowler took ten wickets in the 1926 match?
  4. What did Australia do for the first time in this fixture in 1930?
  5. Which Northamptonshire batsman, in 1934, became the first to hit a century for the county in this fixture?
  6. Who made an unbeaten 144 for Northamptonshire in the 1956 match?
  7. Who took nine wickets in the match for Northamptonshire in the 1972 match?
  8. Who hit a double century in the 1985 match?
  9. In which year was the first limited overs fixture between the two teams?

10.  What was the result of the 2001 match?

11.  Who made his first class debut in the 2009 match and took his initial first class wickets?

12.  In 2013 Northamptonshire were due to play Australia at Northampton but didn't due to qualifying for the T20 finals – who played them instead?




The oldest cricketer to play for Northamptonshire is Jack Mercer who was 54 years and 59 days old when he made his only appearance for the county against Hampshire at Northlands Road, Southampton in 1947. Mercer had previously enjoyed a long career with Sussex and Glamorgan.


Quiz Answers: 1. The Racecourse, Northampton, 2. Australian Imperial Forces, 3. Arthur Mailey, 4. Follow On, 5. Alex Snowden, 6. Dennis Brookes, 7. Bishen Bedi, 8. David Boon, 9.1993, 10. Match Tied, 11. Jack Brooks, 12. England Lions 


Northamptonshire County Cricket Supporters Club would like to thank Autohome for their assistance in the printing of this newsletter.