Coetzer keeps Steelbacks in mix

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Men’s First Team

Coetzer keeps Steelbacks in mix

Northamptonshire Steelbacks have beaten Kent Spitfires by five-wickets at The County Ground, in a tense Yorkshire Bank 40 clash, the highlight of which was a superb half-century from Kyle Coetzer.

Steven Crook took three for 36 as the Spitfires were restricted to 188 for seven from their 40 overs, with Geraint Jones top-scoring with 46 not out off 52 balls.

Coetzer then struck 90 off 115 deliveries as the Steelbacks chased down their target with just two balls to spare, with Cameron White also contributing 65 from 82.

The result moves Northants above Kent, up to second in Group A with two games left for both sides.

Kent won the toss and chose to bat, but then lost Rob Key to a three-ball duck in the second over when he needlessly smashed Steven Crook to Matt Spriegel at deep square leg.

Brendan Nash plundered 34 before he missed his attempted pull off James Middlebrook and was stumped by Northants wicketkeeper David Murphy.

Darren Stevens (10) then departed bizarrely as he edged Lee Daggett's delivery on to Murphy's right leg and the ball flew to Australia international White at point.

Fabian Cowdrey was the next back in the pavilion for the Spitfires when he was bowled by Crook for 13. Crook struck again when his delivery crashed into Sam Northeast's off stump to dismiss him for 44 before Adam Ball (10) launched Spriegel to David Willey at midwicket.

Kent captain James Tredwell then departed as Muhammad Azharullah's slower ball clattered into his off stump before Jones survived the final five overs with Matt Coles (12 not out).

Chasing 189, Northants lost Willey in the fourth over when he hammered Coles to Adam Riley at deep square leg before David Sales was trapped lbw by Mitchell Claydon for seven.

This reduced the Steelbacks to 32 for two, but Coetzer did his best to stabilise his side's innings by completing a half-century off 72 balls.

This came as part of a brilliant third-wicket stand of 142 alongside White that led the hosts towards victory with the latter also reaching 50 off 66 deliveries.

White eventually departed by slashing Coles to Key at backward point with Coetzer soon following when he was taken by Jones off the bowling of Stevens.

Claydon then took out Crook's middle stump as the hosts wobbled late on, but three leg byes in the final over off the same man sealed a vital win.

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** Kent Spitfires are back in action at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence this Thursday 15th August, when they take on Warwickshire Bears. Don't miss the action. Kids can enjoy free entry to this fixture with a paying adult – and adults can save by pre-purchasing tickets online –click here to book yours**

Photo: Anthony Roberts