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Josh Cobb heroics fire underdogs Northamptonshire Steelbacks to T20 Blast victory

Northamptonshire Steelbacks celebrate at Edgbaston. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire Steelbacks have won the Natwest T20 Blast for the second time in four seasons after a thrilling four-wicket victory over Durham at Edgbaston.

Josh Cobb hit a stunning 80 off 48 balls for unfancied Northants who successfully chased down their target of 154 with five balls to spare.

David Ripley's side had been struggling on 9-3 in their reply, but Cobb and captain Alex Wakely (43) steered the ship with a 120-run partnership.

Josh Cobb was the hero for Northants. Credit: PA

Northants' T20 record

  • 2013 - Champions
  • 2014 - Knocked out in group stage
  • 2015 - Finalists
  • 2016 - Champions

Rob Keogh struck the winning runs off Usman Arshad to spark wild celebrations as the Steelbacks replicated their 2013 success.

The county had been considered as outsiders throughout the competition due to their small budget and lack of international stars.

The win will put to bed the painful memories of last year when Northants were beaten in the final by Lancashire Lightning.

“I am so proud of every single one of these lads. We have played as a tight team all season and we play for each other," Wakley told the club's official website.

"I love this club to bits and I reckon we have one of the best changing room bond in the country. We believed in our ability and we believed in each other to deliver.

"Special thanks has to go to the fans. Their support has been so instrumental in pushing us over the line in many of our matches but to hear that support at Edgbaston was incredible and we owe them a big thank you."

Rob Keogh hit the winning runs. Credit: PA

Following the triumph, the club were inundated with well done messages on social media - with former England spinner Graeme Swann among those to congratulate them.