- Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club One-day name: Northants Steelbacks Second XI: Northamptonshire Second XI Coach: David Capel Captain: Andrew Hall Overseas player(s): Chaminda Vaas Founded: 1878 Home ground: County Ground, Northampton Capacity: 6,500+
(10,000 with temporary seating)
First-class debut: Hampshire in 1905 at Southampton Championship wins: 0 Clydesdale Bank 40 wins: 0 Twenty20 Cup wins: 0 Official website: northantscricket.com
Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Northamptonshire. Its limited overs team is called the Northants Steelbacks. The traditional club colour is Maroon. During the 2010 season, the club had different shirts sponsors for each format of the game. First class games were sponsored by AJN Steelstock and one day games including Twenty20 by Old Speckled Hen.
The club plays the majority of its games at the County Cricket Ground, Northampton, but has used outlier grounds at Kettering, Wellingborough, Finedon and Peterborough (formerly considered part of Northamptonshire, but now in Cambridgeshire) in the past. It has also used grounds outside the county, at Luton, Tring and Milton Keynes, for one-day games.
- 1 Honours
- 2 Records
- 3 History
- 4 Ground history
- 5 Current Officials of Northamptonshire
- 6 Players
- 7 Northamptonshire facts and feats
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 Bibliography
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
First XI honours
- Runners Up (4) – 1912, 1957, 1965, 1976
- Division Two: Winners (1) - 2000
- Runners Up (1) - 2003
- Clydesdale Bank 40
- Best: 3rd (Group B) 2011
- Semi-finalists - 2009
- Division One: Runners Up (1) – 2006
- Division Two: Promoted (2) - 1999 (3rd) , 2003 (2nd)
- Winners (2) – 1976, 1992
- Runners Up (5) - 1979, 1981, 1987, 1990, 1995
- Benson and Hedges Cup
- Winners (1) – 1980
- Runners Up (2) - 1987, 1996
- Minor Counties Championship
- Winners (2) – 1903, 1904
- Shared (2) – 1899, 1900
Second XI honours
- Winners (2) – 1960, 1998
- Winners (2) - 1986, 1998
Most first-class runs for Northamptonshire
Qualification - 20000 runs 
Player Runs Dennis Brookes 28980 Geoff Cook 20976 John Timms 20433 Wayne Larkins 20317 Rob Bailey 20181 Allan Lamb 20128
Most first-class wickets for Northamptonshire
Qualification - 800 wickets 
Player Wickets Nobby Clark 1102 Vallance Jupp 1078 George Thompson 1078 George Tribe 1021 Albert Thomas 817 Brian Crump 807
Record Score Opposition Venue Year Link Highest Total For 781-7 declared Nottinghamshire Northampton 1995  Highest Total Against 673-8 declared Yorkshire Headingley 2003  Lowest Total For 12 Gloucestershire Bristol 1907  Lowest Total Against 33 Lancashire Northampton 1977 
Player Information Highest score 1. Mike Hussey
2. Mike Hussey
3. Mal Loye
331* v Somerset at County Ground, Taunton in 2003
329* v Essex at County Ground, Northampton in 2001
322* v Glamorgan at County Ground, Northampton in 1998
Most runs in season 1. Dennis Brookes
2. Norman Oldfield
3. Mike Hussey
2,198 in 1952
2,192 in 1949
2,055 in 2001
Record partnership for each wicket
Wicket Score Batting partners Opposition Venue Year Link 1st 375 RA White & MJ Powell Gloucestershire Northampton 2002  2nd 344 G Cook & RJ Boyd-Moss Lancashire Northampton 1986  3rd 393 A Fordham & AJ Lamb Yorkshire Leeds 1990  4th 370 RT Virgin & P Willey Somerset Northampton 1976  5th 401 MB Loye & D Ripley Glamorgan Northampton 1998  6th 376 R Subba Row & A Lightfoot Surrey The Oval 1958  7th 293 DJG Sales & D Ripley Essex Northampton 1999  8th 179 AJ Hall & JD Middlebrook Surrey The Oval 2011  9th 156 R Subba Row & S Starkie Lancashire Northampton 1955  10th 148 BW Bellamy & JV Murdin Glamorgan Northampton 1925 
Player Information Best bowling (innings) 1. Vallance Jupp
2. Albert Thomas
3. Vincent Broderick
10-127 v Kent at Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells in 1932
9-30 v Yorkshire at Park Avenue, Bradford in 1920
9-35 v Sussex at Cricketfield Road, Horsham in 1948
Best bowling (match) 1. George Tribe
2. Vallance Jupp
3. George Tribe
15-31 v Yorkshire at County Ground, Northampton in 1958
15-52 v Glamorgan at St. Helen's, Swansea in 1925
15-75 v Yorkshire at Park Avenue, Bradford in 1955
Most wickets in season 1. George Tribe
2. George Thompson
3. Nobby Clark
175 in 1955
148 in 1913
141 in 1929
Player Information Most victims in innings 1. Keith Andrew
2. David Ripley
7 v Lancashire at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1962
6 v Sussex at County Ground, Northampton in 1988
Most victims in season 1. Keith Andrew
2. David Ripley
90 in 1962
81 in 1988
- For a statistical breakdown by season, see List of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club seasons
Cricket had probably reached Northamptonshire by the end of the 17th century and the first two references to cricket in the county are within a few days of each other in 1741. On Monday 10 August, there was a match at Woburn Park between a Bedfordshire XI and a combined Northants and Huntingdonshire XI. Woburn Cricket Club under the leadership of the Duke of Bedford was on the point of becoming a well known club. On Tuesday 18 August, a match played on the Cow Meadow near Northampton between two teams of amateurs from Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire is the earliest known instance of cricket being played in Northamptonshire county.
Origin of club
On 31 July 1878, the official formation of Northants CCC took place at a meeting in the George Hotel, Kettering based on an existing organisation that dated back to 1820. The 1820 date, if it could be verified, would make Northants the oldest club in the present-day County Championship. The club came to prominence in the Minor Counties Championship during the 1890s as, between 1900 and 1904, the bowling of George Thompson and William East was much too good for almost all batsmen at that level. The county applied for first-class status in 1904 and was promoted the following year when it joined the County Championship. They played its inaugural first-class match versus Hampshire CCC at Southampton on 18, 19 & 20 May 1905 when making its County Championship debut.
The origin of the one day name, the Steelbacks, comes from the Northamptonshire Regiment which was formed in 1881. The name was supposedly a tribute to the soldiers' apparent indifference to the harsh discipline imposed by their officers. Northamptonshire cricket used the nickname to signify the sort of grit and resolution all of their supporters look for in the county's cricketers, just like the soldiers did against their officers.
Stepping up to first-class
Although Thompson and East proved themselves to be bowlers of high class, a weak batting line-up meant that the team remained close to the bottom of the championship table until Sydney Smith arrived in 1909. After three years in the middle of the table, Northants surprisingly improved to finish second in 1912 and fourth in 1913. Thompson, Smith and William "Bumper" Wells formed one of the strongest attacks in county cricket at the time, whilst Smith and Haywood were the county's best batsmen.
Thompson and Smith finished playing after World War I and, during the inter-war period, Northamptonshire were regularly one of the weaker championship sides. This was exacerbated when Vallance Jupp declined due to age and, despite the arrival of Nobby Clark, a young left arm fast bowler from Huntingdonshire who burst onto the scene at the age of 20 in 1922 with 20 wickets at an average of 17.10 and Fred Bakewell, an exciting batsman who regularly exceeded 1000 runs a season, Northamptonshire could only finish above second from last four times between 1923 and 1948, finishing last every year from 1934 to 1938 and enduring a run of 99 matches from 14 May 1935 to 29 May 1939 without a single championship victory, a record that has never been beaten and doesn’t look like being beaten in the future. Things got worse for Northamptonshire during this time when Bakewell’s career ended due to a broken arm in a car crash that also resulted in the fatality of fellow teammate, Reginald Northway.
The post-war recovery
After the Second World War, things could only get better for Northamptonshire and they started by recruiting widely from other counties and countries, bringing in Freddie Brown from Surrey; the Australians Jock Livingston, George Tribe and Jack Manning; the New Zealander Peter Arnold; and the Cambridge University opening bat and leg-spinner Raman Subba Row. Brown joined as captain in 1949, and led the team to six place in his first season after previous years of disappointment. Under the new leadership of Dennis Brookes (a stalwart batsman for over 20 years), finished second in 1957, their best finish for 45 years. This was mainly due to the bowling attack of Frank Tyson, Vincent Broderick, Michael Allen, George Tribe and Manning. Northamptonshire were widely considered the best team in England in the late 50’s and early 60’s, during this time Keith Andrew, Northants best ever Wicket-keeper broke the records of most victims in an innings and a season.
Subsequently, the club has seen mixed fortunes. The club has had intermittent success in one-day competitions, but it has still not won the County Championship, although second place was achieved in each of 1957, 1965 and 1976. Nonetheless it has included several famous players qualified for England, including the South African-born batsman Allan Lamb; fast bowler David Larter; the hard hitting opener Colin Milburn, whose career was cut tragically short by an eye injury sustained in a car crash; the reliable batsmen David Steele and Rob Bailey; opening batsman Wayne Larkins; and all-rounders Peter Willey and David Capel.
Several notable overseas players such as Matthew Hayden, Curtly Ambrose, Andre Nel, Kapil Dev, Mike Hussey, Sarfraz Nawaz, Mushtaq Mohammad, Anil Kumble, Dennis Lillee and Bishen Bedi have starred for the club, which was particularly formidable as a one-day batting outfit in the late 1970s and early 1980s. More recently, Lance Klusener and Monty Panesar have been notable players.
As with all county cricket clubs, Northamptonshire CCC represents the historic county and not any modern or current administrative unit. In Northamptonshire's case, this means the county of Northamptonshire and the Town of Northampton, although the club have in the past played some home matches outside the historic borders such as in Peterborough, Luton and Milton Keynes.
Northamptonshire first played at the county ground in Northampton in 1905, and continue to do so till this day even though Northampton Town F.C. shared the ground up until 1994 when The Cobblers moved to Sixfields Stadium. After the football club moved, the ground at the Abington Avenue was demolished and replaced by a new indoor school which includes seating looking on to the ground. In 2009, Northants cricket announced plans to improve the ground by building two new stands on the scoreboard side of the ground, there will also be a permanent commentary box with a view to have a ' mini Lords ' style media centre.
Name of ground Location Year FC
Total County Ground Northampton 1905–present 969 341 17 1327 Town Ground Kettering 1923–1973 65 4 - 69 School Ground Wellingborough 1946–1991 43 17 - 60 Town Ground Peterborough 1906–1966 46 - - 46 Wardown Park Luton 1973–2004 11 24 1 36 Town Ground Rushden 1924–1963 22 - - 22 Tring Park Tring 1974–1991 - 16 - 16 Manor Fields Bletchley 1976–1987 3 7 - 10 Baker Perkins Peterborough 1967–1974 3 5 - 8 Campbell Park Milton Keynes 1997–present - 2 3 5 Buckingham Road Brackley 1971–1975 - 4 - 4 Dolben Ground Finedon 1986–1989 - 3 - 3 Bedford School Bedford 1971–1982 - 2 - 2 Horton House Horton 1976–1977 - 2 - 2 Ideal Clothiers Ground Wellingborough 1929 1 - - 1 Stowe School Stowe 2005 - 1 - 1 Source:CricketArchive
Updated: 6 November 2009
Current Officials of Northamptonshire
- President: The Rt Hon the Lord Naseby
- Chairman: Martin Lawrence
- Chief Executive: Mark Tagg
- Scorer: Tony Kingston
- Head Groundsman: Paul Marshall
- Head Coach: David Capel
- Academy Director/2nd XI Coach: David Ripley
- Performance Coach/Fielding Coach: Kevin Innes
- Performance Coach: Phil Rowe
- Club Physiotherapist: Barry Goudriaan
The Northamptonshire squad for the 2011 season consists of (this section could change as players are released or signed):
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes Batsmen 27 Ben Howgego 3 March 1988 Left-handed Right arm fast-medium ?? Rob Keogh 21 October 1991 Right-handed Right arm off break 11 Stephen Peters 10 December 1978 Right-handed Right arm leg break Former England U19 21 Rob Newton 18 January 1990 Right-handed Right arm leg break 5 David Sales 3 December 1977 Right-handed Right arm medium pace Former England A ?? Bilal Shafayat 10 July 1984 Right-handed Right arm medium pace Former England U19 8 Alex Wakely 3 November 1988 Right-handed Right arm off break Former England U19 18 Robert White 15 October 1979 Right-handed Right arm leg break Wicket-keepers 19 David Murphy 24 June 1989 Right-handed 81 Niall O'Brien 8 November 1981 Left-handed Ireland ODI Player All-rounders 16 Gavin Baker 3 October 1988 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast 48 Johan Botha 2 May 1982 Right-handed Right arm off break T20 Overseas Player 1 Andrew Hall (c) 31 July 1975 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Kolpak Player 15 David Willey 28 February 1990 Left-handed Left arm medium pace Former England U19 Bowlers 16 Tom Brett 13 November 1989 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 9 Jack Brooks 4 June 1984 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium 10 Lee Daggett 1 October 1982 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast 25 Luke Evans 26 April 1987 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium 7 James Middlebrook 13 May 1977 Right-handed Right arm off break 4 Chaminda Vaas 27 January 1974 Left-handed Left arm medium-fast Overseas Player
This list is compiled of International cricketers who have played Test and/or ODI cricket. It also includes players who have been mentioned in the '100 Greats:Northamptonshire county cricket club' book. Therefore making them notable to the county and international cricket scene.
- Usman Afzaal
- Michael Allen
- Keith Andrew
- Rob Bailey
- Fred Bakewell
- Desmond Barrick
- Bill Barron
- Benjamin Bellamy
- Robin Boyd-Moss
- Vincent Broderick
- Dennis Brookes
- Freddie Brown
- David Capel
- Bob Carter
- Nobby Clark
- Geoff Cook
- Nick Cook
- Brian Crump
- John Dye
- John Emburey
- Alan Fordham
- Frederick Jakeman
- Vallance Jupp
- Allan Lamb
- Wayne Larkins
- David Larter
- Albert Lightfoot
- Mal Loye
- Devon Malcolm
- Neil Mallender
- Austin Matthews
- Colin Milburn
- John Murdin
- Buddy Oldfield
- Monty Panesar
- Tony Penberthy
- Roger Prideaux
- David Ripley
- David Sales
- George Sharp
- Sydney Smith
- David Steele
- Raman Subba Row
- Haydn Sully
- Graeme Swann
- Paul Taylor
- Albert Thomas
- George Thompson
- Mike Hussey
- Matthew Hayden
- Phil Jaques
- Martin Love
- Dennis Lillee
- Jock Livingston
- Matthew Nicholson
- George Tribe
A complete list of officially appointed Northamptonshire captains can be found here: List of Northamptonshire cricket captains.
- Freddie Brown (1949–1953)
- Dennis Brookes (1954–1957)
- Raman Subba Row (1958–1961)
- Keith Andrew (1962–1966)
- Mushtaq Mohammad (1976–1977)
- Allan Lamb (1989–1995)
- Matthew Hayden (1999–2000)
- Mike Hussey (2002–2003)
Northamptonshire do not automatically award caps to players on their first appearance; instead, they have to be "earned" through good performances. In recent times, cricketers who are awarded a county cap are given a new cap with yellow stripes on the maroon instead of a plain maroon cap. The following players have received caps:
Northamptonshire facts and feats
- Northamptonshire, along with Gloucestershire and Somerset, are the only teams not to have won the County Championship.
- They have finished bottom, receiving the wooden spoon 11 times
- Northamptonshire endured a record run of 99 matches from 14 May 1935 to 29 May 1939 without a single championship victory.
- Northamptonshire have made it out of the group stages of the Twenty20 Cup on 5 occasions out of the 8 years the competition has been running, most recently getting to the quarter-finals in the 2010 competition before being beaten by eventual runners up Somerset Sabres.
- ^ Previously known as the Sunday League between 1969 and 1998
- ^ Previously known as the Gillette Cup between 1963 and 1980, the NatWest Trophy between 1981 and 2000 and the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy between 2001 and 2006
- ^ AJN Steelstock confirm sponsorship of Northamptonshire Cricketworld.com. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- ^ Highest score for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 September 2009
- ^ Most Runs in a Season for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 September 2009
- ^ Most Wickets in an Innings for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 September 2009
- ^ Most Wickets in a Match for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 September 2009
- ^ Most Wickets in a Season for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 September 2009
- ^ Most Victims in an Innings for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 September 2009
- ^ Most Victims in a Season for Northamptonshire CricketArchive. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.
- ^ Waghorn (1899), p27.
- ^ Club History: Why the Steelbacks? northantscricket.co.uk Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- ^ "Deaths in 1936". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1937 ed.). Wisden. pp. Part I, 276.
- ^ 1949 County Championship table CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 October 2009
- ^ Frank Tyson, In the Eye of the Typhoon, Parrs Wood Press, 2004
- ^ *Radd, Andrew (February 2001). 100 Greats: Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. Northampton: Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7524-2195-6.
- Radd, Andrew (February 2001). 100 Greats: Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. Northampton: Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7524-2195-6.
- H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
- Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
- H T Waghorn, Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730–1773), Blackwood, 1899
- Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers Almanack – various editions
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