Saturday, 28 September 2013

Steelbacks Open-top Bus Parade

Hundreds of fans saluted Northamptonshire County Cricket Club’s triumphant players outside the Guildhall. The applause, which never stopped during the 15 minutes they were outside the Guildhall, redoubled as the players, led by T20 Captain Alex Wakely, left the bus and accepted the crowd’s welcome. It has been a tremendous season for Northants, totally against the odds. In head coach David Ripley's first full season in charge, Northants ended their nine-year exile from the County Championship's top flight finishing runner up to Lancashire. The Steelbacks also claimed their first one-day trophy for 21 years by winning the 20/20 final at Edgbaston in August. Unfortunately due to new regulations Northants will be without Australian seamer Trent Copeland next season. The 27-year-old took 45 first-class wickets this season in the championship at an average of 18.26. There's no doubt Trent Copeland made a major contribution early in the season as they made a flying start. In his absence they only won one other game.

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