Let's make it four wins
Usman Afzaal is hoping the Steelbacks' Twenty20 Cup recipe will again be too hot for the opposition as Northants look to make it four wins out of four against the Somerset Sabres.
Usman Afzaal is hoping the Steelbacks' Twenty20 Cup recipe will again be too hot for the opposition as Northants look to make it four wins out of four against Somerset Sabres.
Another sell-out crowd is expected at Wantage Road (5.30pm start) as Northants look to extend their lead at the top of the Midlands/West/Wales division.
Two more points would leave the Steelbacks just one win away from qualifying from the group stages for the first time in the short history of the competition and Afzaal believes they have found the recipe for success this season.
Afzaal, who hit 46 in 35 balls in the 37-run win over Worcestershire Royals on Monday, said: "We've got a nice little recipe and hopefully we can keep cooking up the same sort of results.
"It has been a good competition for us so far and the boys look like they have got bags of energy, so hopefully the winning run can continue."
There has been a real buzz about the Northants team and confidence is growing with every win.
Afzaal said: "To win three in a row is great, we are playing good cricket. We've got a good plan. We're starting well with the bat and finishing well. And also with the ball we're opening up well and bowling at the death very well."
"Everybody is contributing in every sense, whether we perform with the bat or not we are also performing in the field and supporting each other, which means a lot in the competition."
"Kepler (Wessels) is a good motivator and he said to us that the only way we are going to win is if we want to win. If we want to make it easier for ourselves we go out there with the attitude of winning the game, or if we want to make it difficult for ourselves we can just strut around. That was the difference between us and Worcester on Monday."
"We're looking a good side, but the beauty of Twenty20 cricket is that you never know what can happen. In the last four overs Worcester needed 60-odd to win and you are still thinking you could go for 20-plus in one over, you just never know."