In-form Ben Duckett puts Northamptonshire in NatWest final

Northamptonshire reached the Natwest T20 Blast 2016 final after defeating Nottinghamshire by eight runs in the first semifinal at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday (August 20). Chasing 162 for victory, Nottinghamshire lost the three key wickets of Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and skipper Daniel Christian within the first four overs. Riki Wessels was then dismissed in the eighth over by Graeme White as the pressure kept mounting.
Samit Patel and Andre Russell then revived the chase with a 45-run partnership of only 25 deliveries. The West Indian all-rounder smashed 39 off 18 deliveries, with three sixes. Rory Kleinveldt and Steven Crook, however, got rid of the duo in a span of six deliveries to put the brakes on Nottinghamshire yet again. Rob Keogh took a superb diving catch at the boundary in the deep midwicket region to end Russell’s stay while Crook took a catch off his own bowling to dismiss Patel for 21.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Chris Read gave them a slim hope with a cameo, but his side was always on the back-foot. In the latter half of the second innings, Northants were trying to get through their overs as soon as possible in order to avoid a six-run penalty. With 33 required off the last three overs, Read took 12 runs off Crook but found the long on fielder off the final delivery.
With Stuart Broad departing in the following over, the equation came down to 15 from the final six deliveries, with the last two batsmen at the crease. Azharullah bowled a superb over to concede only six runs as the Northants reached their third final in four years.

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