Botha praised by Capel as Northants bounce back

Northamptonshire coach David Capel praised the “bouncebackability” of his side after they responded to their first defeat of the season against Leicestershire on June 3 with a 40-run Friends Life t20 win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

The Leicestershire defeat ended Northamptonshire’s best start to a season since 1985 but Capel said that the response at Edgbaston demonstrated the character of his side.

“I was keen and very clear about the message going out on Friday night. As far as I was concerned I was not too concerned about the outcome. Obviously we would like to win every game,” Capel said.

“But I was more interested to see was how we could come out here today. From that position there I’m delighted to see what I’ve seen today. The bouncebackability, I’m not sure whether you like that word or not, but there you are.

“The opposition on Friday were good quality but we didn’t feel we played quite so well. So I’m pleased to see us come back in this manner and I think it shows a lot about what we have in our team.”

Northamptonshire’s win was based on a world Twenty20 record-equalling ninth wicket stand between Jack Brooks and David Willey and a Twenty20-best four for 16 from South African off-spinner Johan Botha.

“Well bowled Johan Botha. What a fantastic spell that was for us,” Capel said.

“It was a high quality performance, make no mistake about it. If anyone was asking any questions about why we signed Johan then there’s partly an answer is there in his second game.

“There’s a lot more to come for him too. I’m very pleased for Johan and and I’m pleased with the way we have come out of the game.”

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