Northamptonshire v Hampshire, Northampton, 2nd day May 30, 2013

Copeland leaving big mark at Northants


Hampshire 149 for 5 (Dawson 57*, Copeland 4-49) v Northamptonshire

Trent Copeland again shone with the ball as he took four wickets on the second day of against Hampshire at Wantage Road.

After losing the toss and being made to bat by the Division Two leaders, Hampshire closed on 149 for 5 as bad light brought an early finish with Liam Dawson making an obdurate 57 not out off 179 balls. Australia paceman Copeland returned figures of 4 for 49 from 28 over to give Northamptonshire the upper hand in what is his penultimate Championship game before he returns home.

After the first day was washed out without a ball being bowled, Northamptonshire won the toss and chose to bowl first in overcast conditions. And they made a breakthrough with just the fourth ball of the match when Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams was superbly taken by wicketkeeper David Murphy off David Willey for a duck.

Fellow opener Michael Carberry only made 10 before he was caught at second slip by David Sales off Copeland. The visitors crawled to 30 for 2 off the 24 overs that were possible in the morning but they lost James Vince in the fourth over after lunch when he was trapped lbw by Copeland.

Copeland switched to the pavilion end in the 39th over and, two balls in, pinned Sean Ervine lbw after the former Zimbabwe international had made 26. The fifth-wicket pair of Dawson and Adam Wheater then moved Hampshire on to 114 for 4 before bad light forced the players off.

The delay meant an early tea and the loss of five overs, but only another five were possible before the light dimmed again early in the evening session. Five more overs were trimmed from proceedings as a result, but the latest stoppage did not affect Dawson's concentration as he completed a watchful half-century off 165 balls.

However, Copeland struck yet again when he took out the off stump of Wheater, who had batted brightly in making 40 off 54 deliveries. Bad light intervened yet again with 25 overs still scheduled, and after rain finally set in umpires Mark Benson and Steve Garratt decided to call it a day at 6:05pm.

A result now looks unlikely, but Northamptonshire will still be looking for quick wickets tomorrow morning with Dawson now joined at the crease by Mike Roberts, who will resume on 2.

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  • Peter on June 1, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    When his signing was announced I did state that Northants will be surprised by what a good buy they actually got in Copeland after having watching him for 3 seasons for the Blues. Copeland is the ultimate workhorse. he bowls tirelessly, moves the ball enough to make batsmen think, his fielding is very, very good and his batting has come on in leaps & bounds in the lower order. After an impressive debut series in Sri Lanka, he has been consigned to the back-burners, not sure why he isn't in the mix, perhaps being a food friend of SOK is being held against him! Either way, NSW & Northants are getting the benefits. When he isn't taking wickets, he just ties up one end with tight bowling.

  • Adrian on May 31, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Can anyone enlighten me as to why Trent Copeland has only one more game left with the County? Have Australia a training camp or something? And is there any talk of him coming back to Northants after the T20s? Oh for the days when Countie's secured their overseas stars for the whole season - and what stars they were in those days....or am i just a romantic old fool? Minyou, young Trent really is becoming quite a star in these parts!

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Hants middle order looks lightweight now that Bailey is gone. When is his replacement coming? I rememember hearing Ajmal is coming late in the summer--when is that?

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Well performing players will not be included in ashes copeland example

  • Luke on May 31, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    In a time when the cupboard is quite bare in terms of spin and batting stocks our seam bowling is actually going through a bit of a purple patch atm. Copeland should be asked to hang around with the Aus A squad if he isn't already picked.

  • Andrew on May 30, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Note to NSP - PLEASE bring him into the squad! He's an absolute workhorse - 28 overs out of 61. Taking bags of wickets - usually at less than 2 rpo! If it had of been a full day - he would of bowled 40!

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    The future of English bowling is not as black and white as the number of English qualified seam bowlers playing in the Northants first eleven. Ever thought Darren that it might be beneficial for the likes of Olly Stone and David Willey to learn a thing or two from the likes of Trent Copeland or Steven Crook? It might even prove beneficial for the batting line ups of the second division to bat against a higher calibre of bowler, which in turn might just help strengthen the depth of English batting and the standard of the second tier. I suggest you see beyond the short sightedness which saw Northants deducted points over a decade ago for producing pitches too spin friendly when in reality they were developing match winning English spinners such as Swanny and Monty.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Great to see English seam bowling is safe in Northants hands!