Rob Newton said that it was a relief for both himself and the team after hitting his sides first LV= County Championship hundred of the season on day one against Warwickshire at The County Ground.
Speaking to northantscricket.com after Newton hit his fifth First Class century of his career he said “It’s been a long time coming, especially for me with my injury last year so it’s probably two years since I got one.”
“For the team, it’s something we’ve spoken about - someone stepping up and making a hundred in the LV Championship and fortunately it was me today, but it could have been anyone of the guys.”
“I think it was a better wicket once the ball got older; there was enough in it for everyone but it was certainly easier after the first thirty overs and we knew with Andrew Hall and Steven Crook at nine, we batted deep and we managed to turn it around nicely today.”
Newton also praised Hall’s calm head that helped him throughout his innings by saying, “He’s a very safe pair of hands and has seen it all before. I was getting a bit jumpy with Jeetan Patel bowling very well and bowling lots of maidens, he was saying it was going to get easier and it did. To get through that first period before tea was a big boost and then we managed to kick on and score a bit more freely after tea.”
Newton added that “Any runs we get now are going to be valuable. A lot of the wickets here flatten out but I don’t really see that with this one so every run we can get in the first innings is one we don’t have to get in the second.”
Northants will resume on 297-8, with Newton on 108* and the side will be looking to score the three runs which will enable the side to pick up the third batting bonus point.