A highly creditable all-round performance, admittedly in favourable conditions, over the first seven sessions, put us in firm control of the contest.
Sadly, on the third afternoon, once the sun started to shine and the ball softened up, the Northants Benevolent Society cranked back into action... byes, byes and more byes seemed to be the order of the day, not to mention 5 penalty runs amongst all the extras.
Never have I seen so much bowling down the leg side, all four main seamers equally culpable in this respect. The performance of keeper Vasconselos was truly heroic in the circumstances, diving full length one way and the other in his brave attempts to cut off the constant stream of wildly directly wayward deliveries coming his way. No wonder the poor fellow was eventually obliged to leave the field injured!
We now face the prospect of a tense final day (with or without Duckett?), with the opposition attack highly unlikely to be anywhere near as generous in the provision of free runs!