The chief executive of Northants Cricket has said the success of Northampton’s football and rugby teams helped inspire the cricket squad to make it through to finals day of the Twenty20 Cup.
More than 5,000 people packed in to Wantage Road on Tuesday night to watch the Steelbacks beat Durham to progress through to the semi-final of the t20 cup for the second time in the club’s history.
The Steelbacks will now compete in the T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday, August 17.
David Smith, chief executive of Northants Cricket Club, said: “It is a huge boost for the club and we are really delighted.
“It is a great result for the town and it was fantastic to have the Northampton Saints players at the game last night watching the match.
“Our success follows on from the success the Cobblers and Saints had earlier in the summer.
“It is great to have three professional sports clubs in Northampton and I think the success of the Cobblers and Saints has inspired us as none of the clubs wants to be left behind.”
Mr Smith said ticket sales for Northants T20 home matches had been up 200 per cent on last year.
He said; “I think we are playing a very attractive, positive brand of cricket and I would like to thank all the people in Northampton who have given us such great support and got behind the team.
“We have managed some very good all round team performances and the coach, David Ripley, has to take a lot of credit for creating a great atmosphere.
“I think we’ve got a good chance on finals day. We know we are capable of beating anybody and we will be going there to win.”
Northants Cricket has been allocated 1,100 tickets for the T20 Finals Day and these tickets are currently on sale to club members through Ticketmaster.
If there are any tickets left by midday tomorrow (Friday) they will be available to members of the public priced from £60 to £75.