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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 May, 2005, 12:10 GMT 13:10 UK
Northants new boy humbles Denmark
C&G Trophy first round, Brondby: Northamptonshire 59-2 beat Denmark 56 by eight wickets

Northants CCC
I got lucky with a couple of wickets but any bowler is happy to take seven
Charl Pietersen

Northamptonshire debutant Charl Pietersen took 7-10 as Denmark, bowled out for 56 in the C&G Trophy, lost by eight wickets in Brondby.

Pietersen's figures were the best by a Northants bowler in the competition, and just shy of Michael Holding's tournament record of 8-21.

No Danish batsman reached double figures at Svanholm Cricket Club as extras was the top-scorer with 24.

Pietersen, a left-arm seamer, is a South African Kolpak signing.

"The ball was swinging about and they were perfect conditions for bowling," said the 22-year-old.

"I just concentrated on getting the ball in the right areas and the conditions did the rest.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity I've been given by Northants. I'm here to learn and try to get myself in the first team on a regular basis.

"No cricketer wants to play second-team cricket and I'm no different. But one performance won't get me in, I've got to be consistent with my wicket-taking and my economy."

We are short of money but we are trying to develop every time we play
Peter Palle Klokker
Denmark coach

It was Denmark's lowest-ever score in the tournament, easily eclipsing their 112 against Sussex in 2001.

They did at least surpass the tournament record low, 39 by Ireland in 1985 at Hove.

Northamptonshire needed just 16.5 overs to reach their winning target with the formalities completed on the stroke of lunch.

They did lose two wickets along the way, however, before Tim Roberts (20 not out) got them home.

"We knew it was going to be difficult," said Danish coach Peter Palle Klokker.

"We are short of money but we are trying to develop every time we play against different opposition.

"We have a lot of young players and it was good for them to test themselves against the professionals."




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