Rain dents T20 practice hopes


The weather intervened to deny some likely members of Northamptonshire's Twenty20 side useful practice at Wantage Road on Monday.

The County entertained Leicestershire in the Second XI competition - with both teams taking the opportunity to give first-teamers a run-out.  

But the first match was abandoned at the halfway stage and the second had to reduced to 15 overs per side.

Northamptonshire struggled in Match One and collapsed to 29-3 with Richard Levi, David Willey and Kyle Coetzer all back in the pavilion.

It was left to James Kettleborough (42), Zak Khawaja (34 not out off 29 balls) and Rob Keogh (27) to push the total up to a respectable 134-7 from the full 20 overs.

But Leicestershire's reply never got underway as rain drenched the ground, causing a long delay and making certain Match Two would be a truncated affair.

The County again found the going tough with the bat and limped to 100-8 in 15 overs, thanks largely to Keogh (31) and Khawaja (26 not out).

But it wasn't enough as Ned Eckersley (56 off 36 balls) and Josh Cobb (37 not out) earned Leicestershire a seven-wicket win with 16 balls to spare.

The Second XI will now tackle Middlesex in a one-day Trophy match at Dunstable on Friday.


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