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Northants squad set for ‘intense’ period as cricket season kicks off

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The Northants got their season off to a good start with a first draw against Gloucestershire at the County Ground

John Sadler’s side opened their campaign a fortnight ago with a hard-earned home draw with Gloucestershire, then treated themselves to the luxury of a week off as they weren’t involved in the second round of matches.

But they are back in LV=Insurance County Championship action today (Thursday) against Yorkshire at Wantage Road, and it’s the start of a turbulent run of five games in less than five weeks.

After the clash with the White Rose, the Northants will face three away games at Essex (April 28), Surrey (May 5) and defending champions Warwickshire (May 12), before returning to base to play in Kent on May 19.

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The squad has been bolstered by the arrival of overseas signings Will Young and Matt Kelly, and Sadler is also blessed with the fact that he has no injuries to settle for.

But he knows next month will be a turbulent time for him and his players.

“It’s going to be tough, and it was important that we gave the guys some time,” the head coach said.

“We also managed to have some great family time over Easter which is virtually unheard of for a group of cricketers during the cricketing season.

“But that is now behind us and we have a solid five week block of fairly comprehensive and intense cricket that we are all ready for.

“We want to stay stuck, play good cricket, and hopefully the results will come too.”