Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Northamptonshire Steelbacks Cricket BettingOver the last five years the Northamptonshire Steelbacks have become one of the strongest Twenty20 sides in the First Class game. They have reached the quarter final stages in 2005, 2006 and 2008 but in 2009 they went one better and made the Finals day at Edgebaston. They are not a team full of household name players but they are a very solid outfit who play very much as a team. They are currently ranked at number 4 in the Twenty20 Cup rankings

Twenty20 Cup Performances

The Steelbacks won through to the quarter finals after winning the now discontinued Midlands group, pipping Warwickshire by one point. They won seven of nine games played the other match being abandoned without result.

In the quarter finals they bowled and fielded brilliantly to defy Hampshire and won by 13 runs.

2009/10 Squad

The squad is made up from 23 players that include top England all bowler, Monty Panesar and the big six hitting Johan van der Wath from South Africa.

Batsmen

Stephen Pears England RHB
Alex Wakely England RHB
David Sales Scotland RHB
Robert White England RHB
Ben Howgego England LHB

Bowlers

Bud Bailey England R Med Fast
Jack Brooks England R Med Fast
Ryan Cummings England R Med
Lee Daggett England R Med Fast
David Lucas England R Med Fast
Naqaash Tahir England L Fast Med
Monty Panesar England L Arm Spin
David Wigley England R Fasst med

All Rounders

Andrew Hall SA RHB R Fast Med
Nicky Boje (c) SA LHB L Arm Spin
Steven Crook Aus RHB R Fast Med
Ian Harvey Aus RHB R Med Fast
Mark Nelson England LHB R Med
J Van der Wath SA RHB R Fast
Graeme White England RHB L Arm Spin
David Willey England LHB L Med

Wicket Keepers

Neil O'Brien Ireland LHB
Riki Wessels Aus RHB
David Murphy England RHB

Top Batsmen - 2009

The batting stats for the top five Steelbacks batsmen are below. They are led by that brilliant veteran Australian all rounder, Ian Harvey who scored 258 runs from just 185 balls faced. He will be among the favourites for all Twenty20 Cup Top batsmen betting markets in 2010.. .

Player Innings Runs Balls Average HS  S/R 6's
Ian Harvey      9 258 185   32.25 64  139.45     4
Riki Wessels    10 251 190   31.37 66*  132.10     7
Robert White    11 220 182   22.00 59  120.87     2
J Van der Wath      9 167 108   41.75 29*  154.62   11
Niall O'Brien      4 126 111   42.00 48*  113.51     0

Top Bowlers - 2009

Below are the statistics on the Steelbacks top bowlers in the 2009 Twenty20 Cup. Those who will be making T20 Free Bets will find this information helpful as and when they place a bet in the Twenty20 Top Wicket taker Odds.

In 2009 the wickets were shared around a consistent bowling attack with no fewer than four bowlers grabbing 12 wickets each by the time the finals day had arrived.. Their stats are listed below and they include best bowling performance, economy rates and averages, all very useful background information if making any bet on the Twenty20 Cup Top Wicket taker market.

Player Matches Innings Runs Wickets Best Average  Economy Mdns
Nicky Boje   11     7    97  12 3-14   12.00  5.76  0
Ian Harvey     9     8 127  12 4-18   10.58  6.35  0
Andrew Hall   11   10 247  12 4-19   20.58  6.58  1
J Van der Wath   11   10 277  12 3-23   23.08  7.69  1
David Willey   11     7   97  10 3-9    9.70  4.85  0