Kleinveldt carnage but Northants just fall short in chase of 446


Northamptonshire almost pulled off a remarkable run chase at Trent Bridge on Monday, losing out by 20 runs in pursuit of Nottinghamshire's mammoth 445-8.

Earlier in the piece, Notts' Michael Lumb had blasted 184 from 150 balls and Riki Wessels 146 from 97 in an opening stand of 342.

Notts' 445 from their 50 overs was the second-highest score in the history of List A cricket - second only to Surrey's 496-4 against Gloucestershire nine years ago.

It seemed an impossible task for Northants, but Adam Rossington's 97 from 69 balls at the top of the order gave them hope, before Rory Kleinveldt took centre stage.

Batting at seven, the burly all-rounder thrashed 128 from 63 balls, including 10 fours and nine maximums, but his demise with 50 still needed saw the visitors' hopes dwindle.

Richard Levi - usually an opener - had to come out at number 11 nursing a wrist injury, and when he was bowled by Harry Gurney Northants were all out for 425.

In all, 35 sixes were hit across the two innings, while the 870 aggregate runs scored is the second-most in List A history, behind the 872 recorded in South Africa's memorable chase against Australia at the Wanderers in 2006.