Northants hosts Sri Lanka this week, as the tourists look to get some much needed time at the crease ahead of the first test against England on 12th June at Lords.
This game will also be a great chance for the Northants players to find some much needed form, after struggling during the first few months in the LV= County Championship.
In their last match, Northants faced Yorkshire in a tough LV=CC match here at the County Ground. Northants got off to a good start, bowling Yorkshire out for 136 in the first innings, with Ian Butler taking four wickets. Despite finishing with a first innings lead of 115 runs, thanks to half centuries from James Middlebrook and Ben Duckett, things quickly went downhill for the hosts.
After a double century from Adam Lyth and century from Alex Lees, Yorkshire built a big lead of 431, which their excellent bowling attack defended, as they bowled Northants out for 160, winning by 271 runs.
Sri Lanka have just completed a five match ODI series against England, which they won. In their last test match series, they visited Bangladesh winning the series 1-0, with star player Kumar Sangakkara being named player of the series.
Sangakkara is one of the finest batsmen in the world, ranked number two in the ICC Test Match rankings and number five in the ODI rankings, and has a first-class average of 50.7, so will definitely be one to watch.
David Ripley has made several changes to the side that lost to Yorkshire, as he rests several of his regular first XI players.
Coming into the 12-man squad is James Kettleborough, Richard Levi, Kyle Coetzer, Steven Crook, David Willey, Graeme White, Chad Barrett and Vicram Sohal.
This will be a great chance for those who have not featured in the LV=CC campaign so far this season, to stake a claim for a regular place in David Ripley’s team.