David Sales has spoken exclusively to Steelback TV in his first interview since retiring from cricket after 20 years playing at the County Ground and has said just how proud he is.
Sales played 249 First Class games for the club scoring 14,140 runs at an average of nearly 40. Sales made his debut for the Club at the age of just sixteen and then at the age of eighteen, he became the youngest player to score a double hundred in the Championship. Three years later, Sales went on to hit an unbeaten triple hundred against Essex at the age of just 21.
“It’s been a great 20 years and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly since making my debut, to the game I did my ankle here at the County Ground against Durham. As soon as it happened I knew it was going to be worse than everyone thought but I’ve got so many brilliant memories from playing for the Club”.
“The triple hundred stands out for me down at Essex because that was the day I won my County Cap and David Ripley was captain of the side so that was a pretty special moment for me”.
Sales missed out on the greatest honour of an England Cap and said “Everyone wants to play for England and sometimes I do think if I hadn’t played beach volleyball on the England A tour, what could have been – but that’s life".
“I gave everything I had for Northants and I’ve enjoyed every moment with all the players and coaches at the Club”.
Northants Head Coach David Ripley said on Sales’ retirement “Jumbles retirement signals the end of an era at Northants. An international class batsman, top slip fielder, astute cricket brain and humorous contributor to the dressing room. He will be sadly missed."
WATCH the video below where David Sales speaks to Steelback TV on his retirement from cricket.