Northamptonshire Steelbacks Head Coach David Ripley admitted that his side weren’t quite good enough after a 16 run defeat to the Yorkshire Vikings in front of a packed County Ground crowd on Friday night.
Yorkshire, batting first scored 181-3 off their twenty overs, mainly due to Jonny Bairstow’s impressive 60* along with contributions from Alex Lyth who hit a destructive 46* and Alex Lees with an innings of 35.
In response, the Steelbacks could only post 165-9 with South African right handed batsmen Richard Levi smashed 76 from just 47 deliveries. Despite brief cameos from Steven Crook (23) and Rob Keogh (16), the Steelbacks fell short by 16 runs.
Head Coach David Ripley, speaking to northantscricket.com after the game said, “Richard Levi’s innings was outstanding and if he had been given more support, we would have gone on to win the game.
The Head Coach added, “We’re not quite at our best at the moment but give credit to Yorkshire – I thought Bairstow’s innings was excellent but it was the contributions from Lees and Lyth who supported him, that won them the game.”
“We have some individuals playing well but as a collective we aren’t quite there yet. We haven’t found the right formula at the moment, but we are working hard to get there.”
Speaking after the game, Richard Levi said, “It was pretty pleasing to get the runs on the board this evening, but I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t get the team the result we were looking for. We probably just needed one more partnership that would have won us the game”.
“There’s still a long way to go in the competition and the boys are confident that we can go all the way and defend our title”.
Levi also highlighted the importance of having David Willey back with ball in hand by saying “it’s great to have him back bowling – he can be so destructive with both ball and bat and it just gives up the options and balance we need in all formats of the game which is crucially important”.
The result leaves the Steelbacks in fifth position in the North Group, having won twice, lost twice with one game abandoned, still with nine games to play.
The side now faces Warwickshire at The County Ground in the LV= County Championship fixture starting on Sunday (15th June), as the side look to pick up their first win of the season in the four day format.