The scene for this roller-coaster match was set when 16 wickets tumbled on the opening day. But that was nothing compared to day two when a staggering 24 wickets fell before cock-a-hoop Worcestershire sealed a memorable victory.
It was the New Road club’s first home County Championship match of the season and if this is the kind of excitement that’s going to be served up this summer then bring it on.
Bowler friendly conditions led to a non-stop stream of wickets with the only half century in the match coming from England’s Moeen Ali, who was making his first Championship appearance for Worcestershire for almost a year.
Both sides have made a highly promising start to the season – they’ve won two games each – and if this explosive encounter is anything to go by then supporters can expect plenty more fireworks.
It was a critical last wicket partnership, worth 45, between Ed Barnard (26 not out) and young Josh Tongue (15) which enabled Worcestershire to leave inform Northants with a challenging 185 target which just proved too much.
But who knows, in such a finely balanced match as this the overall outcome may well have been different had the visitors not been hit by injuries to pace duo Ben Sanderson and Rory Kleinveldt.