There was no greater setting for the final “Hit The Top” competition than the home of cricket. Lords was basked in sunshine when the team arrived, with Middlesex and Somerset gearing up on the Nursery ground for their latest County Championship game.
First up for the Northants side was Essex. Essex started brightly posting an impressive 24 from their allocated overs and with a steady fall of wickets it gave the Northants boys a chance, Ade Cox taking 2 wickets on debut. With some focussed batting and good running, they chased it down with the minimum of fuss.
Next was a team that everybody wants to beat. Middlesex, on their home ground. We knew this game would be a tough one, it was a fairly one sided fixture at last years National final, however this year the momentum had swung the other way. After Middlesex posted 42, Northants’ bowling and batting was extremely good and with this they won easily by posting a massive 58 losing 2 wickets and without really getting out of second gear. A Fantastic achievement for our boys. Revenge was very sweet for those players involved in last years fixture.
Finally we were matched up with Gloucestershire and going for a clean sweep. Glouscestershire started strong, batting and running extremely well. They were incredibly organised and quick to snap up extra runs. The only thing that held them back was their loss of wickets. Giving away 5 wickets meant we had the upper hand. After a solid start from Captain Chris Towler and Luke Deacon, we lost two quick wickets with Cox being caught at point and Matt Parkin being run out. Luckily, this was just a wobble with our boys powering on in the final overs to win.
A Clean sweep! Northants Disability had its First piece of Silverware, and all at the Home of Cricket. Disability Coach Andy Hill said “it’s a fantastic achievement for the lads who played today some of which who have made their debut at Lords and for Northamptonshire Cricket as a whole. There’s no better place to pick up a trophy than at Lords. Something that I’m incredibly proud to be a part of and something that we can build on and inspire other players in the future to replicate.”