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Sales awarded full-time Northamptonshire role

David Sales (right) has won a full-time role as Northants' batting coach Northants CCC

Former Northamptonshire skipper David Sales has accepted a permanent position as the club's new batting coach.

Sales was appointed earlier this year on a part-time basis though has now accepted a more permanent role. The development is another hint that Northants might be emerging from a difficult financial period which saw the playing and administrative staff cut to the bone.

Northants' coach David Ripley said: "We are delighted that the role has grown into a full time post. David obviously has a lot of invaluable experience and will oversee the batsmen from the 1st team right down through the age groups."

Although Northants failed to defend their NatWest Blast title, they did have an improved showing in Division Two of the Specsavers Championship, only missing out on promotion on the final day.

Sales, known as "Jumble", made his first-class debut for Northants in 1996 at 18. A hard-hitting batsman, he never quite won England honours for all his county-wide popularity but was appointed county captain for the 2004 season, a role he held until stepping down in 2010.

He played in over 500 games for the club and scored more than 22,000 runs across all formats.