Daggett ends Steelbacks' wait
Seamer Lee Daggett recorded his best bowling figures in a one-day match as Northamptonshire shot through the Netherlands for 119 to claim their first win in the Clydesdale Bank 40.
The Steelbacks made 238 for seven from their 40 overs, with David Sales and Rob White contributing half-centuries as the hosts recovered from nine for two after four overs.
Daggett then took 4-17 in eight overs as the Dutch failed to reproduce yesterday’s heroics at Derbyshire as they collapsed to 119 all out, with only ex-Sussex man Bas Zuiderent, who made 32, providing any resistance.
The Steelbacks won the toss and chose to bat but they got off to an awful start by losing two wickets in the fourth over.
Mark Jonkman forced Mal Loye to edge to wicketkeeper Atse Buurman before Vishal Tripathi located Mudassar Bukhari at third man to go for a four-ball duck.
Nicky Boje departed for 38 when he edged Michael Dighton to Buurman after adding 99 with Sales.
Sales, coming out of a poor period of form, blasted 62 from 58 balls, only to smash Dighton to Bukhari at mid-on.
White then hammered four sixes off Netherlands captain Peter Borren in the 30th over to reach 50 off 40 balls, but he was bowled by Pieter Seelaar soon after.
Northants captain Andrew Hall gifted former Northants second XI bowler Bradley Kruger his first List A wicket by launching him to Seelaar at deep square-leg before Jonkman bowled James Middlebrook for 20 in the final over.
That left David Murphy unbeaten on 31 and the Netherlands with a target of 239.
The visitors chase got off to a bad start when Tom de Grooth flailed at Daggett in the sixth over to be caught at first slip by Hall.
Daggett struck again in his next over when Eric Szwarczynski edged to wicketkeeper Murphy, while Tom Cooper played on without scoring.
Dighton, who struck an unbeaten 110 at Derby yesterday, also went for a duck when he edged Jack Brooks to Murphy.
Borren made eight before slicing Daggett to Sales at second slip and David Wigley took out Kruger’s leg stump with his first delivery of the season to leave the Netherlands 32 for six.
Boje trapped Buurman lbw before Zuiderent went by hitting Middlebrook to Daggett at deep midwicket.
Boje wrapped up the victory by having Bukhari caught at cover and Jonkman stumped by Murphy, after both made 14.