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Northants aim to ground Jets

Defending champions Northants Steelbacks will bid to end a disappointing NatWest T20 Blast campaign on a high note away to Durham Jets.

The Steelbacks’ slim hopes of reaching the quarter-finals were extinguished by a 22-run defeat to Notts Outlaws on Wednesday night at Wantage Road.

Captain Kyle Coetzer top-scored, passing fifty for the first time in the competition, and afterwards admitted his side had failed to find the consistency to mount a successful defence.

“We’ve shown some glimpses of what we’re capable of – we’ve bowled really well at times and batted really well at times but we just haven’t been able to put a full performance together too often this year,” he said.

The Jets have also endured a similarly disappointing tournament and their only incentive before the match is to pick up a win that would move them above the Steelbacks and into sixth place in the North Group.

The Jets have retained the same squad that suffered a 27-run defeat to Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford last night.

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