Northamptonshire County Cricket Club in 2005
are playing their cricket in Division Two of the County Championship and Division One of the totesport League. They started the season at 12-1 to win the Division Two title. During the off season 9 players left.
The season started with a thrashing dispensed to the students of Bradford/Leeds UCCE. Then they lost their first Sunday League match, a rain-affected affair against the Worcestershire Royals
. The first Championship game was drawn against Leicestershire
after Northants captain David Sales
left the declaration too late. The second Sunday League match was won at Bristol
, narrowly by 9 runs. Then they drew with Derbyshire
in the Championship, before thrashing Hampshire
on the Sunday.
On 3 May the Steelbacks booked their place in the second round of the C&G Trophy, thrashing Denmark
. They then lost by 10 wickets in the Championship to Yorkshire
before drawing with Essex
. In the fourth round of the Sunday League, they were thoroughly outplayed by Lancashire
On 17 May they beat Middlesex
in the second round of the C&G Trophy, before looking on top but only getting a draw in a tour match against the Bangladeshis
and losing to Somerset
in the Championship despite scoring 408 in the first innings.
They drew their first match in June against Lancashire
, before enduring a tough last-ball loss to Middlesex in the National League, and then drawing with league leaders Durham
. Their first win in June came at home, beating......