Northants: Alex Wakely encouraged by T20 home support

Alex Wakely
Alex Wakely (right) celebrates with team-mate Muhammad Azharullah

Northants's limited-overs captain Alex Wakely hopes the fans can make Northampton a "fortress" after Sunday's T20 Blast victory over Leicestershire.

Northants chased down a target of 112 at The County Ground and Wakely told BBC Radio Northampton: "We had a good crowd in here despite the weather.

"The last couple of home games I have played in it has been fantastic how the crowd have got behind us.

"I'd love Northampton to become a bit of a fortress, and we're on the way."

He added: "The crowd have been brilliant and it has really stood out. People are talking about Northants cricket again."

With the game reduced to 10 overs each, Northants' opening batsman Richard Levi hammered an unbeaten 67 from 28 balls and the Steelbacks completed victory with nine balls to spare.

"We played very good cricket today," said Wakely. "They got a big score and we chased it down pretty emphatically. Richard Levi was superb and Ben Duckett stayed calm when he needed to.

"It has put us in a very good position now."

After an excellent run of form, a win against Yorkshire on Friday would guarantee Wakely's side a place in the T20 Blast quarter-finals.

"It's completely within our hands now. It would be really nice if we could get a home quarter-final," he said.

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