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  1. Rain comes down in Northampton as Ben Duckett closes in on 300 runs for Northants
  2. Mesothelioma campaigner from Northampton, Fred Minall, dies
  3. Updates on Monday, 11 April 2016

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By Tom Percival

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Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

We appreciate you following the (almost entirely) sporting updates today on Local Live in Northamptonshire.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00. As ever, email us your stories and photos. Have a good evening.

Weather: Wet in the evening, clearing later on

BBC Weather

It'll be a wet start to the night, but with cloud remaining in place throughout it'll stay quite mild. Temperatures falling to 8C (46F).

Tomorrow will start fine and dry, with a high of 15C (59F).


You can get a detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Sale process begins for Corby and other Tata sites

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Tata is to contact "many tens" of potential buyers for its UK steel business, its executive group director said today.

The Indian company has agreed a sale for its Scunthorpe plant and associated works.

There's no indication yet of how desirable Corby's plant is to potential buyers.

Rain brings a remarkable day to a close

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been a memorable Monday at Wantage Road...

Ben Duckett finishes it 282 not out; eighth on the all-time list for Northamptonshire and with a triple-century well within his sights.

Ben Duckett
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He's carried this innings on his shoulders, with captain Alex Wakely next highest scorer, out for 51.

The county record was set by Mike Hussey at Taunton in 2003, at 331 not out. Could Duckett beat it? Join me tomorrow to find out!

South Northamptonshire's local government looks to the future

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

How many councils does an area actually need? It's a simple question - but answering it is getting very complicated.

Three studies have so far been proposed into the future of local government in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

South Northamptonshire Council wants to fund two of them as it tries to decide whether to break away from local government in our county and go it alone with neighbouring Cherwell. 

But all three studies could come up with different conclusions, giving the government the final say - and a serious headache. 

Tributes to Daventry man knocked down and killed by bin lorry

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

People have been laying flowers near to the spot where 22-year-old Kane Beard died on Friday.


Here's some of the tributes left at the scene:

"Words can't explain all this Kane, you may be gone in sight but not our hearts. The memories will never fade. Fly high Big Man, way above them all."

"A tragic moment took away such a young life. From one family to another at this sad, sad time."

"In the blink of an eye life changed forever, gone much too soon."

Re Duckett - do you know the answer?!

Northants' highest scores of all time

For those of you wondering - here is where Ben Duckett currently stands in Northamptonshire's list of highest scores:

331* - Mike Hussey v Somerset - 2003

329* - Mike Hussey v Essex - 2001

322* - Mal Loye v Glamorgan - 1998

319 - Chris Rogers v Gloucestershire - 2006

310* - Mike Hussey v Gloucestershire- 2002

303* - David Sales v Essex - 1999

300 - Raman Subba Row v Surrey - 1958

282* - Ben Duckett v Sussex - 2016

277 - Rob White v Gloucestershire - 2002

276 - David Sales v Nottinghamshire - 2000

'Prospects of resumption slim'

Northants 481-7 v Sussex

Ah, just as we feared at Wantage Road. There's a pretty heavy rain band moving up through the centre of England at the moment.  

Looks like the wait for Duckett's 300 might take a little longer...

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Mesothelioma campaigner from Northampton dies

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Fred Minall - who inhaled asbestos particles while serving on board Royal Navy Destroyers - has passed away, his family has confirmed.

Fred Minall

We previously covered Mr Minall's case as he and other former servicemen won their fight for compensation earlier this year. They had been told they weren't entitled to a pay-out because of how long ago it happened.

Plan to display proposals for Greyfriars bus station site in Northampton delayed

Northants Herald & Post

Proposals for the former Greyfriars bus station site in Northampton will not go on display to the public this week as planned - and will instead be delayed until the summer.

Buchanan: Cobblers' 'unbelievable' success down to hard work and unity

Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Cobblers defender David Buchanan plans to savour every moment of his side's promotion-winning campaign after a season which he described as his best ever in an 11-year playing career.

Were you there?

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Here's a picture to cherish - the scene at Sixfields on Saturday.

We'd love to see your photos if you were there to share in the joy - email them to us!

Sixfields pitch invasion

Duckett still at the crease

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

This is becoming a very special afternoon here at Wantage Road. Ben Duckett is going on and on and moving past some of the greats of Northamptonshire on the highest innings list.

Ben Duckett
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Wayne Larkins, Alan Lamb and Dennis Brookes - the greatest Northants batsman of all - have all been surpassed as he reaches 266 not out.

But he should, again, be long gone. Ed Joyce with the sharp chance put down at short cover-point. Northants are 456-6.

'It's a credit to everyone involved'

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Kelvin Thomas, chairman of Northampton Town, joined me in the studio this morning.

He was confident about next season - but conceded that promotion wasn't top of their likely list.

Kelvin Thomas

"You have to take a step back sometimes and realise we've only lost one league game since we took over... We're just a small part of what's happened... It's all about the club, the collective," he said.

People spotted on church roof overnight

Fine and dry for most

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry and bright this afternoon with some sunny spells.

Coleole / BBC

However, cloud will increase from the from the south which will bring some outbreaks of rain by the end of the day. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Thanks to Weather Watcher "coleole" for this lovely picture taken near Irthlingborough.

Bin lorry victim named... County economy slows... Cobblers go for title having won promotion at the weekend

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

Hello, here are the headlines this lunchtime:

  • A man who died after being hit by a bin lorry in Daventry on Friday morning has been named by police as 22-year-old Kane Beard
  • Northamptonshire's economy grew more slowly in the first quarter of 2016; a quarter of manufacturing firms in the county said they struggled to recruit suitable staff
  • Northampton Town are turning their attention to the League Two title after their 2-2 draw at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday won them promotion

Extra Delapre Abbey funding may put a 'strain' on other projects

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Once restored, it's hoped Delapre Abbey will become a jewel in the crown of Northampton. 

But finding an extra £900,000 to pay for the work will be a "strain" on Northampton Borough Council... and could mean other projects lose out. 

That's according to the man who is overseeing the project, Northampton Borough councillor Tim Hadland...

200 not out for Ben Duckett

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

What a start to Northamptonshire's county championship season, as Ben Duckett reaches 200 not out - the first double centurion for the county since David Sales in 2013.

Ben Duckett
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After 91 overs, Northamptonshire were 331 for 2. There's live commentary here.