Early-season success is just a start: David Capel

David Capel, the Northamptonshire coach, has played down the significance of his side’s best start to a season in 26 years.

Northamptonshire are currently the only unbeaten side in all cricket this season and you have to go back to 1985, when they suffered their first defeat on June 16, since they last had such a successful start to the season.

But what happened in the past and what might happen in the future means nothing to Capel. His main concern is the next day’s cricket, a focus which he believes is the reason why Northamptonshire are the form team at the moment.

“There’s a saying that the past is history, the future is a mystery and it’s one that I subscribe to,” Capel said.

“We are enjoying our cricket at the moment, we are playing with a smile on our face and our main concern is winning the next session or the next day’s play.

“What has happened in the past doesn’t really concern me one way or another.”

Capel, who was in a rookie player when Northamptonshire last went into the final week of May unbeaten, attributes this season’s impressive start to the influence of captain Andrew Hall and the hard work put in on the pre-season tour to South Africa.

“It was the first time that we had been away for about eight years and it gave us the chance to get all the lads together and set out our goals for the season,” he said.

“Andrew Hall has led from the front, not only with the bat, but with his positive attitude.

“Last season we had fewer batting points than any other side in the country, so that was an area we needed to work on. Only Durham have got more batting points than us so far this season.

“We’ve concentrated on the depth of our batting. It’s not easy batting in the first 30 overs against the Tiflex ball but we’ve got real depth to our batting from five down this season with David Sales, Hall, Niall O’Brien, James Middlebrook and Chaminda Vaas.

“Our bowling has been consistent with Jack Brooks taking 20 wickets at 21 in four matches so far, Lee Daggett taking 21 at 23 and Chaminda Vaas has got 19 wickets. Hally and James Middlebrook have all chipped in as well.

“We’ve devised game plans and the bowlers have stuck to them in a very disciplined fashion.”

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