Northants will be looking to take one step further towards promotion today, as they travel down to Southampton, to take on Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl. Northants are on the verge of promotion as they lie in second place, 44 points ahead of third placed Essex who have a game in hand. Hampshire have focused on white ball cricket this season, so have struggled in the LV= County Championship as they sit in seventh place.
Last time out, Northants hosted Glamorgan here at the County Ground. Northants put in an unbelievable performance, as four wickets from Steven Crook limited Glamorgan to 241 all out. Then a career-best first class innings of 81 by David Willey and 91 not out by Andrew Hall led Northants to 453 all out. In reply, the bowlers did a great job as they bowled Glamorgan out for 187, giving Northants the win by an innings and 25 runs and maximum points.
Last week Hampshire took on leaders Lancashire in Southport. A first innings century by James Vince and a second innings century by Adam Wheater wasn’t enough to get the victory, on what was a good batting pitch. Hampshire came away with only 4 points as they lost by 122 runs.
The last time these two sides met here at the County Ground at the end of May. Rain prevented any play on the opening day, then after four wickets by Trent Copeland limited Hampshire to 206 all out. In reply, an innings of 130 not out by Andrew Hall led Northants to a total 425 for 9, but more rain meant the match ended in a draw, with Northants coming away with 9 points.
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There are three changes to the squad that beat Glamorgan last week.
David Murphy is away on international duty and Ben Duckett suffered a knee injury in the game against Glamorgan. David Willey is also injured so doesn’t travel with the squad.
Replacing them, Jonathan Batty comes into the squad as the club’s new wicket keeper. Lee Daggett and new loanee signing Graeme White also come into the squad, which is led by Stephen Peters.