Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins starred with the bat by scoring an unbeaten half-century on the final day of an otherwise disappointing drawn three-day tour game against Northamptonshire at the County Ground.
Northamptonshire are one of three teams trying to join Birmingham and Worcestershire in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals but captain Alex Wakely says their focus is not just concentrated on the shortest format of the game.
The top flight woes of Northamptonshire and to a lesser extent the troubles of Derbyshire last year has ignited a debate surrounding the perceived gulf in quality between the two divisions of the County Championship.
It is the stuff that fairytales are made of. An unfancied team who haven’t tasted success in a generation were crowned winners of the 2013 Friends Life t20 by beating a much richer and much bigger club.