Capel glad to be concentrating on four-day game again

Northamptonshire cannot wait to get back into County Championship action after a wretched campaign in the Friends Life t20.

The county were unbeaten in all cricket at the start of the Twenty20 Cup in early June but then lost 11 of their 16 group matches to finish bottom of the North Group.

They also surrendered their unbeaten record in the County Championship when they were beaten by Essex two weeks ago and also suffered a surprise first defeat in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition when they were beaten by Scotland in Edinburgh on July 17.

“We just didn’t get going in the T20,” said Northamptonshire coach David Capel. “We had injuries to key senior players early on – Mal Loye, David Sales, Chaminda Vaas and Niall O’Brien – and we just couldn’t get any momentum. Over a 16-match campaign it does make it difficult if you don’t get that momentum.

“But during the T20 we played two Championship matches and in the first of them we had a big win over Leicestershire. So we slipped back into that quite well and we will be looking to do the same now that we are back into playing Championship cricket more regularly at the business end of the season.”

Northamptonshire have added former England one-day international batsman Loye to their squad for the visit of Derbyshire to Wantage Road as cover for Alex Wakely who has a hamstring injury.

Batsman Rob Newton, who has had to wait patiently for his chance this year after a strong finish to the 2010 campaign, is also in line to make his first Championship appearance of the season.

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