Trent Copeland’s performances with bat and ball have improved game upon game and have been a major factor in the team’s good early season form. Although he only left Cardiff with one wicket in his club debut against Glamorgan, Copeland made a quick impact for the Northamptonshire side especially with the bat. Copeland came away from his home debut with a very impressive 70 with the bat and 2 wickets with the ball helping Northants in their innings victory over Essex.
After picking up two wickets and scoring 27 not out in a win against Gloucestershire, Copeland took his performances to another level as he took a career best 10 wickets for 113 runs in another Northants win, this time away to Kent.
In his YB40 debut for Northants, Copeland took two wickets against group leaders Nottinghamshire before taking a five for against yet another tough opponent in Sussex. Back in County Championship action, Copeland had his season best, single innings bowling figures in a draw with Leicestershire recording first innings figures of 7 for 63, as he ripped through the Leicestershire line up, as they were bowled out for 234.
After taking more wickets in back to back YB40 wins against Worcestershire and Warwickshire, Copeland had another stand out performance in the County Championship away to Hampshire, as he recorded bowling figures of 4 for 56 and shone with the bat as he scored 63. Then in his final YB40 game, Copeland once again led from the front with bowling figures of 4 for 46 in an away win against Kent. For his final County Championship game, Copeland had yet another brilliant performance, leading the team to a 10 wicket win over Worcestershire in just 3 days. Copeland signed off with match figures of 9 for 92 including second innings figures of 6 for 41 from 28 overs.
Despite only being here for a short time, Copeland has made a lasting impression and we are sorry to see him go. We here at Northants wish Trent the best of luck for the future and hope to see him here again at the County Ground someday.