Northamptonshire Second XI claimed the three wickets needed to win in less than an hour on day three at The County Ground.

Alex Russell ensured the match didn’t reach the lunch break as he took all three wickets – trapping Johal lbw and Gouldstone catching both Maddy & Croom behind.

The convincing victory was kickstarted on day one after Warwickshire elected to bat but ended 97 all out with Berg and Taylor taking three wickets each.

Saif Zaib made the next innings his own, top scoring with 153 with Taylor and Kerrigan also securing half centuries.

The score reached a seemingly insurmountable total of 493 and it took until just before midday today to bowl Warwickshire all out for 119 and secure the victory.

Second XI Head Coach, Graeme White, said “Very delighted with the performance these last two- and a-bit days, we were very clinical with both the ball and the bat in that first innings which gave us the opportunity to win by that amount which was really pleasing.”

“The experience we had with our opening bowlers in Tommy [Tom Taylor], Gareth [Berg], Luke Procter, Brandon Glover and young George Weldon was crucial – I thought everyone did well and played their part to restrict them to that low score in the first innings.”

“With the bat, Saif Zaib with his 150+ was a fantastic innings and he batted well to allow others to play around him. It was great to see other lads chipping in as well with Tommy, Kegs [Simon Kerrigan] and even Freddie [Heldreich] at the end giving it a bit of a whack.”

“Also pleased for Alex Russell to take 4-fer and come away to mop up the tail. Again it’s really encouraging signs from him, he’s developing really well.”

Northamptonshire have two friendlies left to end the season – away to Nottinghamshire and Sussex.