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Steelbacks aim for finals day

After a damp draw with Leicestershire, the County's attention now turns to the more thrilling prospect of Twenty20 action.

Northamptonshire's LV County Championship clash with their local rivals ended in a washout yesterday.

But now they are setting their sights on fun and glory in the popular short format beginning on Friday night at home to Worcestershire.

"We're ready to make this campaign a successful one," chief executive Mark Tagg said. "The lads have all had enough of quarter-final defeats so we want to go all the way."

"We're in good shape to do it as well. We've got enough big-hitters to cause damage and we've got bowlers that can keep it tight as well as take wickets. So we are ready for a home quarter-final and a trip to the finals day."

Tagg is not just confident of success on the field, either. According to him everything is in place for a boom-time off it as well. He continued: "We've got double the number of sales we had at this time last year which is fantastic."

"We've also been able to create more space as we have themed an area as the 'Montyzone' which will be set in front of the bowls club. That will be an all-standing area which will hopefully have a great atmosphere. And we also have use of the bowls club bar which helps."

"There will still be tickets available on Friday night but we have been very busy. The game at Milton Keynes has sold really well and we fully expect it to be a 7,000 capacity crowd. It is a bit quieter for the Warwickshire game on July 4 but the Friday night clash with Somerset is quite busy."

Northamptonshire have not followed the lead of some other counties in offering 'season tickets' with Tagg sure the Twenty20 brand is strong enough. "We are confident of selling each match as an event in itself," he added. "Hopefully we will be in contention so the excitement will continue to build."

"But the matches are such good fun on their own that we are happy they will still be well attended. We also feel we are competitive pricewise compared with other counties. Entrance is only 12 a head compared with 20 or 25 at some places."

source - northantset.co.uk
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