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Jack Brooks and David Willey look back on record effort

Jack Brooks and David Willey
Brooks (l) scored 33 and Willey 22 in the T20 win at Edgbaston

Northants pair Jack Brooks and David Willey have been reflecting on their record-equalling Twenty20 partnership.

Their 59-run ninth-wicket stand in the win over Warwickshire matched the efforts of Lancashire's Glen Chapple and Peter Martin at Leicester in 2003.

Willey told BBC Radio Northampton: "It got us back in the game. Someone on the bus said that we'd reached the record."

Brooks said: "We got thumped by Warwickshire last year so it's good to return the favour."

Brooks, who scored a first-class half-century against Gloucestershire last season, added: "We just tried to bat out the overs, relied on some lucky shots and a bit of bad bowling from their guys.

"It wasn't quite as bad as closing my eyes and just smashing it, but I'm not the best batsmen technically. I rely on hand-eye co-ordination and I've got a decent bit of power to clear the ropes.

"David batted brilliantly, ran quickly between the wickets and if you frustrate the bowlers in Twenty20, they can lose their rhythm."

Northants, who next host Durham on Thursday, had looked in danger of posting a low score at Edgbaston until Brooks and Willey were at the crease.

"It wasn't ideal," said Willey. "We were 91-8, so we were struggling a bit.

"We had a chat and said there was no point getting out for 110, we needed to hang around and pick up some boundaries."



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