More sporting track helps Wakely’s men to home Championship victory

Olly Stone claimed career-best figures against Kent
Olly Stone claimed career-best figures against Kent

Northamptonshire captain Alex Wakely admitted his side had asked for a slightly more bowler-friendly pitch at Wantage Road.

And they got it as a first home win for nearly two years was completed inside two day’s play in the LV= County Championship match against Kent.

But Wakely, who also paid tribute to fast bowler Olly Stone after his career-best figures, felt it was a good track which encouraged good play.

“We’ve played some very good cricket but we haven’t managed to force a result,” he said.

“We asked for a sporting pitch and we got a good cricket wicket in my opinion and we managed to play good cricket and got the result we needed.

“It was a phenomenal spell (by Stone).We were saying in the slips we were as far back as we’ve been for anyone, that was quick, for someone at 21 he’s a pretty exciting talent and I’m very pleased for him as he was just struggling for a bit of confidence lately but that was superb, it was a hostile spell.

“It’s a good place at the moment.

“There’s a good buzz around the ground I think everything’s just about right at the club from top to bottom so it makes it more enjoyable and easier to play.”