The final game at the County Ground sees Northants host Kent in a crunch tie that could see the county get promoted to division one. Northants have a 21 point buffer over third placed Essex and enter the penultimate fixture of the season, knowing that if they score 4 more points than Essex, who host Glamorgan, they will be promoted. If they fail to do so, it will go down to the last game of the season, away to Worcestershire.
Last time out Northants travelled to the Ageas Bowl to take on Hampshire. After an initial slow start which saw Northants fall to 32 for 4 in 13 overs, 21-year-old Rob Keogh saved the Northants innings with a brilliant 221, as Northants finished on 438 all out. In reply, an innings of 218 by Jimmy Adams led Hampshire to 545 all out, after these two massive innings the game ended in a draw, as both teams came away with 8 points.
Last week, Kent hosted Essex, in what was a rain affected game. Essex batted first but finished on only 276 all out. But they bowled excellently, bowling Kent out for only 107, enforcing the follow on. Kent’s second innings was constantly disrupted and delayed due to rain, which meant the match ended in a draw, as Essex came away with 8 points.
The last time these two sides met at the start of May, Northants came away with the win and 22 points. A 5-for by Australian seamer Trent Copeland, helped bowl Kent out for 271. In reply, a century by captain Stephen Peters led Northants to 303 all out, before Copeland continued his magnificent bowling taking another 5-for, to come away from the match with 10 wickets as Kent were all out for 135. Northants chased down their target with ease to win by 7 wickets.
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Stephen Peters will lead a team, which has only one change from the side that drew with Hampshire a fortnight ago.
Trent Copeland has returned to Australia, for the start of their domestic season, following his second stint here at Northants this season.
Replacing Copeland will be Lee Daggett, who will be taking part in his final home game for the County, before he retires to become a physio for Northampton Saints.