Josh Cobb smashed a career best 146 not out from 145 balls but Northants were beaten in the tour match against Pakistan at the County Ground. Cobb’s heroics pushed the Steelbacks up to 273 for six, but it was nowhere near enough as Pakistan chased it down to win by eight wickets. Cobb was named County captain for the game and after winning the toss, he opted to bat. Pakistan struck with the very first ball of the innings as Richard Levi dragged a full, wide ball from Mohammad Amir back on to off-stump. Ben Curran and Cobb steadied things, pushing things along to near 50 before Curran too dragged one on and went for 23. Ricardo Vasconcelos’s stay at the crease was a short one as a sharp bouncer from Mohammad Hasnain hit him on the side of the helmet and forced him to retire hurt an over later. Vasconcelos went through a concussion assessment with first-team physio Barry Goudriaan and while the keeper-batsman was cleared, he took no further part in the match. Thurston and Cobb’s partnership reached 48 before Thurston pushed one back to the bowler and went for 25. Saif Zaib also departed caught and bowled… Read full this story
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