1954 – MATCH DRAWN
Batsmen on both sides prospered as Pakistan visited Wantage Road for the first time. Peter Arnold, Jock Livingston, Des Barrick and George Tribe all passed 70 for Northamptonshire but the tourists were able to claim a small first-innings lead before time ran out – left-arm spinner Jack Manning picking up three wickets on his County debut.
1962 – MATCH DRAWN
Set 175 to win in two hours by skipper Keith Andrew, Pakistan settled for the draw after losing four early wickets – three of them to Brian Crump. Saeed Ahmed (112) and Javed Burki (97) shone for the visitors while Brian Reynolds, the Watts brothers, Jim and Peter, and Roger Prideaux all made useful runs for Northamptonshire.
1971 – NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WON BY 6 WICKETS
South African Hylton Ackerman starred for the County with a first-innings century while Mushtaq Mohammad – turning out for Northamptonshire – contributed runs and wickets against his countrymen. Alan Hodgson and Peter Willey caused problems in Pakistan’s second knock and the hosts knocked off 158 for victory thanks to George Sharp and David Steele.
1974 – MATCH DRAWN
Rain ruined the match with no play possible on the second or third days. Alan Hodgson and John Dye snapped up an early wicket apiece for Northamptonshire before Sadiq Mohammad and Zaheer Abbas steered Pakistan to 145-2. Nothing more could be done.
1978 – MATCH DRAWN
David Steele’s gritty knock of 86 in four-and-a-half hours earned the County a first-innings lead after Pakistan collapsed from 148-2 to 190 all out on the opening day. In a wet spring the tourists opted for batting practice in their second innings rather than making a game of it – Allan Lamb picking up a rare first-class wicket by dismissing Wasim Bari!
1987 – MATCH DRAWN
Northamptonshire took the fixture to Manor Fields in Bletchley but after a fortnight’s heavy rain conditions were far from ideal. Mudassar Nazar enjoyed an excellent match for Pakistan, hitting 72 and claiming five first-innings wickets. Set 287 to win, the County clung on thanks to determined batting from David Ripley and Duncan Wild.
1992 – PAKISTAN WON BY 7 WICKETS
Pakistan’s first victory over Northamptonshire owed much to the pace of Wasim Akram who returned match figures of 10-117. David Ripley batted well in both innings – 45 not out and 64 – and his 80-run stand with Andy Roberts in the second knock prevented a total rout. Ramiz Raja and Shoaib Mohammad contributed fifties for the tourists.
1996 – MATCH DRAWN
Centuries from openers Richard Montgomerie (168) and Alan Fordham (144) helped set up an interesting finish with Pakistan left to chase 226 in 33 overs by Rob Bailey’s declaration. Moin Khan smashed 39 off 23 balls but they closed 21 short with eight wickets down. Wasim Akram helped himself to another five-wicket haul and Shadab Kabir was dismissed by David Capel for 99.
2006 – PAKISTAN WON BY 7 WICKETS
Stephen Peters hit a first-day hundred for Northamptonshire and seamer David Wigley posted a five-wicket haul, but the match was decided on day two as the County slumped to 43-5 and 140 all out in their second innings against Shahid Nazir and Iftikhar Anjum. Pakistan reached their target of 160 comfortably enough with two sessions to spare.
SCORE TO DATE
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE WINS: 1
PAKISTAN WINS: 2