Northamptonshire v Worcestershire, Wantage Road, 3rd day June 7, 2013

Copeland signs off with six in win

Northamptonshire 314 (Crook 85) and 8 for 0 beat Worcestershire 196 (Ali 79) and 125 (Copeland 6-41) by 10 wickets

Trent Copeland signed off in style as Northamptonshire enhanced their position at the top of the County Championship Division Two standings with a 10-wicket defeat of Worcestershire at Wantage Road.

Copeland took a further three wickets as the home side took 45 minutes to wrap up the visitors' second innings after they resumed the third day on 97 for 6, 21 runs from making Northamptonshire bat again.

The 22-point haul was the result of another outstanding performance from the four-strong seam attack who have been in excellent form all season with Copeland, playing his final game before returning to Sydney, the pick. He finished with figures of 6 for 41, passing 50 competitive wickets for the club in the process, as Worcestershire were bowled out for 125.

After 10 relatively uneventful minutes, Copeland got the show under way as he had Gareth Andrew caught behind as the left-hander attempted to draw his bat out of the way. That broke a partnership of 36, something of a triumph after the wreckage of the previous evening, and it opened up the Worcestershire tail.

The first of those, Jack Shantry, lasted just two deliveries before Copeland trapped him in front to pick up his fifth of the innings and his fourth lbw. Chris Russell, who had dismissed Copeland on the second day a ball after hitting him on the helmet, was greeted unsurprisingly by a bouncer but that delayed the inevitable which came five minutes later as he edged behind to David Murphy.

Throughout the carnage, Moeen Ali was standing firm and emulating his efforts of the first innings when he top-scored with 79. He was the only Worcestershire player to get more than 25 in the contest and showed what was achievable via good judgment and application which he displayed in abundance.

Alan Richardson came in with 10 runs still needed to make the hosts bat again and this target was reached as a David Willey no-ball ensured parity. The No. 11 became the last man to depart as he fended Willey to James Middlebrook in the gully leaving Ali, who finished with 44 from 122 deliveries, stranded at the other end.

That left a meagre eight runs required to win and after a Shantry maiden and a couple of runs off Russell, victory was accomplished in the third over as Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer lofted Shantry over extra cover for six.

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  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I'd like to agree with Andre, but am slightly concerned how the others will perform without him. Admittedly Crook & Willey have also done well with bat & ball, but Lee Daggett needs to reproduce the standard he showed against Kent last Sunday on a regular basis. We cant win both the CB40 AND the 4-day stuff, so I'd rather win the Second Division title.

  • Dummy4 on June 8, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    A pity for Northants, who have been unbeatable until now, that he is headed back to Aus. I hope he gets back their next year to play in Div 1.

  • Roo on June 8, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    @thebeardedblunder... Copelands the human equivalent of a metronome...

    Watched him on a 30+C day at the SCG where he bowled the first 2 sessions without a break - 30 overs - & finished the day with over 40 overs bowled... His pace on his last ball was the same as his first...

    Not sure what is happening with many of our (Oz) fast/medium bowlers in the last year or 2, they are turning into allrounders - maybe its that they are getting lots of practice batting due to the failures of many of our specialist batsmen - lol...

  • Shaun on June 8, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    I wish Trent the best of luck. I hope the Aussie selectors are much nicer to you in the coming months. You have shown a class not just on field but a culture every team needs. Surely that's a mix Australia needs right now.

  • James on June 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Sorry, I have nothing more intelligent to say than, "Yay! Thanks Trent. Come back soon."

  • LAVIGNE on June 7, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Trent Copeland probably the signing in county cricket this season, good bat and excellent bowling ! Well done Northants ! A good platform already to go up in Division 1 at the end of the season.

  • Adrian on June 7, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Just what a tremendous signing Trent Copeland has been! When you look at his bowling and batting figures this season he surely has to rank as one of the County's best ever Overseas players. I sincerely hope he can make it back later in the Summer after he's had his ankle looked at. I watched him bowl on day 2 in the hot sun and the man never seems to tire-I'm sure he'd run in all day if the Captain asked him to!