Recent Match Report – Northants vs Warwickshire 2023

Recent Match Report – Northants vs Warwickshire 2023

Michael Burgess steers Warwickshire clear of danger to all but seal Northants’ relegation

Home side overcomes top-order implosion caused by Ben Sanderson’s hat-trick

ECB Reporters Network

13-Sep-2023 • 14 hrs ago

Ben Sanderson belts out an appeal  •  Getty Images

Warwickshire 147 for 4 dec (Rhodes 44, White 3-37) and 176 for 8 (Burgess 78*, Sanderson 5-42) beat Northamptonshire 250 (Nair 78, Gay 77, Hannon-Dalby 7-46) and 72 for 0 dec (Gay 31*, Hassan 30*) by two wickets

Northamptonshire’s relegation from LV=Insurance County Championship Division One was effectively sealed by a two-wicket defeat to Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The home side overcame a top-order implosion caused by a hat-trick by Ben Sanderson (5 for 42) to chase down an artificially created target of 176 in 60 overs. They lurched to 24 for 5 following Sanderson’s hat-trick, but sixth-wicket pair Michael Burgess (78 not out,rom 128 balls) and Ed Barnard (41, 71) added 70 and Burgess batted with skill and composure to see his side home in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 52 with Olly Hannon-Dalby.

Needing a win to preserve any realistic hopes of survival, the visitors had to accept any equation offered to them on the last day of the rain-affected match. Warwickshire vindicated their caution by collapsing early on, but recovered to record a win that pretty much buries Northants. Jon Sadler’s side is not mathematically relegated but needs a highly unlikely combination of maximum-point wins from their last two games (Surrey and Essex) and Kent or Middlesex collecting no points at all.

Delivering the agreed target required a morning of faffing about. Warwickshire declared 103 behind and then opened the bowling with wicketkeeper Burgess. Hassan Azad (30, 70 balls) and Emilio Gay (31, 65) enjoyed an outdoor net to add 72 in 22.3 overs before the declaration arrived ten minutes before lunch.

With their side’s recent top-order travails in mind, Warwickshire’s supporters were taking nothing for granted and duly saw the top five depart for a combined 20 runs in 10.2 overs. Kraigg Brathwaite’s unproductive start to his Warwickshire career (42 in four innings) continued when Jack White clipped his off stump and Sanderson then delivered a masterclass of an over.