As part of their pre-season tour in Barbados, Northants took part in a T20 tournament which included teams such as Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.
In their opening game which took place on Saturday, the Steelbacks faced a West Indies Universities side. Bowling first, the Steelbacks’ pace attack was in fine form, with Crook taking three wickets, Chambers taking two and Stone taking one, as the Universities finished on 119 for 7.
After a quick start by David Willey who scored 23 from 15, Rob Keogh and Steven Crook saw the Steelbacks to victory. Keogh scored 36 from 28 and man of the match Steven Crook smashed 49 from 25 balls including four sixes, as the Steelbacks won by eight wickets.
There was bad news during the game however, as club Vice-Captain Alex Wakely suffered an Achilles injury whilst batting. Wakely will fly back to the UK with Club Physiotherapist Barry Goudriaan to see a specialist in London, to find out the full extent of the injury.
The second day was very wet, with the semi-final was rained off, but luckily the Steelbacks performed well enough in the first game to qualify for the final to face Nottinghamshire. Rain shortened the game to 18 overs each, with Chris Read leading Nottinghamshire to 107 for 3. With rain affecting the Steelbacks’ innings, the team fell just short of the required total, finishing on 104 for 7 with Willey top scoring with 19.
Next up for the team will be Warwickshire in a two-day game, starting on the 18th March. This will give the players another great chance to show what they can do in the warm Barbados weather.