What do people think? Both have of course been instrumental in turning things around from the low point of 2012, and we have actually won two trophies (something I feared I'd never see again). But, we are now hitting another low point, dreadful in all three competitions.
Personally, I think Ripley has done well on recruitment, picking up players from sometimes unlikely sources (eg Gleeson from Blackpool CC). Actual coaching is a problem. We probably need a top-class batting coach but I can't see one wanting to come to Northampton . On the whole, there are probably no obvious replacements for Ripley.
Wakely is difficult. He is the only Northants captain ever to win two trophies (Mushtaq, Watts and Lamb one each). He was of course supported by a good team, actually playing as a team, with some senior lieutenants (eg Cameron White). This year, I'm afraid I really haven't seen anything great on the captaincy front. Batting orders, bowling changes - nothing inspired. Easy to captain from the stands, but again and again, bowlers seemed to be taken off unnecessarily after cheap wicket-taking overs. In the ET article, there was a suggestion that R&W were doing the best they could with the resources available - bad workman blaming tools?
I feel some people are asking, what has Wakely done to deserve losing the captaincy. It must be equally valid to ask, what has he done to deserve keeping it.
Personally, I have been reluctant to advocate replacing Wakely as captain. However, with every match, that reluctance diminishes a little bit more.