Northamptonshire Player Number: 482
Northamptonshire’s decision to take a ‘punt’ on Azharullah in 2013 has paid handsome dividends over the last four seasons. With first-class experience in his native Pakistan behind him, he was still an unknown quantity on the county scene when he came to Wantage Road. Within a few months ‘Azhar’ was celebrating the Steelbacks’ first T20 triumph at Edgbaston in which he played a starring role, becoming acknowledged as one of the most skilful white-ball bowlers in the country with controlled swing and a devastating yorker to baffle the best batsmen. Since then he has also proved his worth in the longer format, finishing 2014 as the County’s leading wicket-taker in the Championship and claiming 45 first-class scalps the following season.
A new award in memory of former Northamptonshire fast bowler Alan Hodgson will be presented for the first time later this year
Ben Sanderson led Northamptonshire to a mighty win over Glamorgan inside two days at Wantage Road with four second-innings wickets as Northants won by an innings and 22 runs to begin the 2017 season in the perfect fashion. Northants took a 209-run first-innings lead in the morning session and wrapped up victory after tea, dismissing Glamorgan for 187 in their second-innings. Northants took until August to win a County Championship match last season but here, got off the mark at the first att
Rory Kleinveldt took three wickets and smashed a 23-ball fifty as Northamptonshire dominated the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship season. Kleinveldt first helped fire out Glamorgan for just 101 before going to a rapid fifty as Northants closed 268 for 6, a lead of 167.
After his hugely successful season in 2016, culminating in selection for England at both Test match and ODI level, Ben Duckett has been awarded the The Cricket Society’s Most Promising Young Cricketer of the Year award.
Alex Wakely has signed a two-year extension to his contract, keeping him at Northamptonshire CCC until the end of the 2019 season. The new deal will see Wakely’s stay at the club reach the 15-year mark, after graduating from the academy at Wantage Road
Alex Wakely hit the sixth individual century of the match as Northamptonshire drew their first-class season-opener against Loughborough MCCU after a record-breaking day at Wantage Road
Northamptonshire’s Ben Duckett has been named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year for his performances in 2016. Ben is honoured in the 154th edition of the famous Almanack – ‘the cricketers’ bible’ – published today.
Charlie Thurston and Nitish Kumar followed Rob Newton and Adam Rossington to the century mark as batsmen continued to dominate on the second day of the County's first-class friendly against Loughborough MCCU.
Rob Newton and Adam Rossington both hit centuries as Northamptonshire piled on the runs against Loughborough MCCU in the opening first-class fixture of the season at Wantage Road
An ankle injury is likely to keep Azharullah out of the first few Specsavers County Championship matches of the season.
We are delighted to welcome former England international and Notts batsman, James Taylor to the club to assist the coaches on a consultancy basis for the Royal London One Day Cup Competition.
Northamptonshire enjoyed another day's useful bowling and batting practice against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Wednesday
Rob Keogh held Northamptonshire together following a top-order collapse on the opening day of the County's two-day friendly against Warwickshire at Edgbaston
Somerset's Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton starred with bat and ball as the MCC continued their impressive showing in the Champion County game in Abu Dhabi, even though their fast bowling colleague Liam Plunkett sat out the day with a sore calf. In all, 16 wickets fell on the second day, which MCC closed seven down in their second innings with a lead of 298 runs.
MCC captain Alex Lees and England batsman Ben Duckett shared a sprightly stand of 109 in 22 overs, full of attacking strokes, before both fell to the left-arm spin of Ravi Patel either side of lunch.
Northamptonshire allrounder Steven Crook is confident of a return to peak fitness as he prepares for the start of the new county season on 7 April.
Northamptonshire wrapped up their pre-season tour of Barbados with a handy work-out against Hampshire at Windward CC on Tuesday
Northamptonshire and Hampshire are looking to make up for lost time after a rain-affected opening day of their two-day fixture in Barbados