Northamptonshire Steelbacks skipper Kyle Coetzer admitted that his side were just not at the races against the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston on Thursday evening.
His side struggled to gain any momentum in the early part of the Steelbacks innings and could only muster 133-7 from their twenty overs. Steven Crook (50*) hit a valuable innings along with useful contributions from David Sales (23) and Ben Duckett (21) that helped their side reach a respectable total.
In response, the Birmingham Bears never looked in any trouble with the opening partnership between Varun Chopra (68*) and William Porterfield (42) put on 95 for the first wicket. Jonathan Trott, on his return came and went but the Bears went on to win the game by 8 wickets.
Coetzer spoke to northantscricket.com and said, “Losing three wickets in the first six overs didn’t help us that’s for sure. Fair play to Warwickshire they bowled well early on but it meant we couldn’t build a platform or build any momentum so we could go for it later on. It was hard from that position.”
“Ben Duckett has been brilliant for us in this tournament and it was great to see Steve Crook back in the runs and doing what we know he can.”
“I guess it could have gone another way and things could have been different with the bowling changes, but it was vital that we picked up early wickets but it just didn’t happen”.
“We tried to squeeze and keep fielders up to try and get that early wicket, but their openers got off to a flier which made it tough”.
The Steelbacks next fixture is tonight against the Lancashire Lightning at the Emirates Old Trafford and the skipper recognises the importance of the game.
He said: “It’s a must win game for us really, we just have to turn up, perform and get a result. It’s really important that we start picking up some momentum. We will always back ourselves because if we don’t, this format can get on top of you very quickly.”