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Post-Match Reaction - Lancashire vs Northants

Post-Match Reaction - Lancashire vs Northants

Reaction from Saqib Mahmood and Alex Wakely

Find out what Lancashire bowler Saqib Mahmood had to say after taking career best figures of 6/37 from 10 overs as the Red Rose completed a comfortable victory over Northants at Emirates Old Trafford.


Lancashire's Saqib Mahmood

"That was a great day. It's probably not the way we wanted it to finish with the rain, but a win's a win.

"We wanted to bowl first knowing the rain's around and we could control the rate in the second innings, and I thought we did that.

"As a team, we played the game we wanted to play.

"I'm happy. The last couple of years I've just missed out with Lancashire through injury, so I'm just trying to make up for the lost time.

"It's coming out well for me. If anything, I tried to not try too hard today. Maybe because I was a bit more relaxed, they came out that bit quicker for me. In the last couple of games, I tried too hard."

Northants Captain Alex Wakely

"They bowled very well up front. Saqib bowled as good an opening spell as I've faced for a long time. He didn't give us anything and bowled straight with pace.

"We lost early wickets and were always trying to claw it back from there.

"We actually got a decent score on that wicket, but we lost a bowler in the process. Jason (Holder) has hurt himself. I don't know much about it, but he's sore around the back of his (left) leg.

"It was a bit of a precaution, and he didn't want to risk it. He's the West Indies captain, so we didn't want to push him too much on it.

"Him and Rob Keogh played nicely to get us back into it, but then we came out and didn't hit our straps with the ball. We bowled with width and got cut and pulled.

"We have to win every game now. It's a shame because we played brilliant cricket in our last game against Warwickshire. It's been a theme for us in the last two years. We've been so inconsistent."

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