The two Steelbacks overseas signings leave Northampton with massive smiles on their faces and a Friends Life t20 winners medal around their necks. Cameron White and Richard Levi brought a lot to the Steelbacks team this year, and played a huge role in the Steelbacks’ triumph.
White finished the tournament with the third most, amount of runs with 417, whilst averaging 46.33 which was the ninth highest in the competition. Fans will remember some of his match winning innings, such as the 71 not out against Glamorgan and 58 not out against Durham in the Quarter Final. White was consistent throughout the Friends Life t20 tournament, recording the third most amount of half centuries in the tournament with four. Another big feature of White’s game was his big hitting, as he smashed 18 sixes in the competition which was the third most. White also starred in the Yorkshire Bank 40 as he averaged 60.33 from only four games and scored two vital half centuries.
Richard Levi came to the County Ground with reputation of being a big hitting opener, as he owns the fastest t20 international century of all time. Levi certainly did not disappoint and showed what he can do when he made the highest score of the competition against Gloucestershire with a 110 not out innings from only 62 balls including 4 sixes and 15 fours. The big hitting Levi was also tied third for the most sixes hit in the competition with 18.
Both players put in crucial performances on Finals Day, to help the Steelbacks leave with the Friends Life t20 trophy. Levi made a vital 57 from 35 balls in the semi-final, as the Steelbacks made a record run chase against Essex Eagles to win by 7 wickets. Whilst White was part of the match winning 78 run partnership with Steven Crook, coming from only 35 balls. Then in the final White made an excellent 54 from 39 balls, as he was part of another important partnership as he and Alex Wakely scored 107 runs from 56 balls as they led to the Steelbacks to a match and competition winning 194 for 2.
Northants Cricket would like to wish a massive thank you to both Cameron and Richard for their excellent contributions to the Steelbacks’ successful Friends Life t20 campaign. We also want to wish both the best of luck for all their future endeavours and hope to see them back at the County Ground again.