Northants travel down to the home of cricket today, to try and get revenge on Middlesex in the LV= County Championship.
Last Time Round
Last time out for Northants, they travelled to Emirates Old Trafford to take on fellow strugglers Lancashire. After initially starting off well, having Lancashire 33/3, things went downhill for the visitors. A 332-run partnership between Ashwell Prince (257) and Steven Croft (156), helped Lancashire reach 650/6 declared.
Things continued to go badly for Northants when they lost both of their openers for only one run. Only Richard Levi (59) and Andrew Hall (42) showed some resistance for Northants, as the away team were bowled out for 180 and were forced to follow-on. In the second innings Northants fared slightly better, thanks to a 41 from Stephen Peters and 50 from Andrew Hall, Northants reached 270, but were unfortunately bowled out and lost by an innings and 200 runs.
In Middlesex’s last game, they travelled to Trent Bridge to take on Nottinghamshire. In what was a thrilling LV=CC game, Middlesex lost on the final day, in a match where momentum changed several times. 180 from skipper Chris Rogers and 191 from England man Eoin Morgan helped Middlesex reach 505 in their first innings. Thanks to six wickets from Tim Murtagh in Nottinghamshire’s first innings, the hosts could only reach 392 all out. Middlesex’s second innings didn’t go as smoothly, only a 66 not out from Paul Stirling helped them reach 271/9 before declaring with a 384 run lead. Despite three wickets from Ravi Patel, Nottinghamshire were able to chase down their target thanks to half centuries from five of their top six batsmen.
These two sides last met, was in May at the County Ground. Batting first, a 68 from skipper Stephen Peters helped the hosts reach 280 all out. But 106 from Chris Rogers and an unbeaten 163 from Neil Dexter allowed the visitors to reach 543/7 declared. In Northants’ second innings, six wickets from Toby Roland-Jones, to add to the six he got in the first innings, meant Northants were bowled out for 176, losing by an innings and 84 runs.
Ones to Watch
Middlesex are a very good side as they showed when they visited the County Ground. Chris Rogers leads very well from the front with the bat, whilst England men Eoin Morgan and Stephen Finn will be looking to impress selectors ahead of the India test series .
David Ripley has made a couple of changes to the squad that travelled to take on Lancashire.
David Willey is rested ahead of two crucial NatWest T20 Blast matches this week.
Replacing Willey, is the retuning Maurice Chambers, whilst James Kettleborough is also in the squad to potentially make his LV= County Championship debut
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