Rory Kleinveldt ripped through the Middlesex top order to spark a follow-on.
The former South African Test seamer is still making a significant contribution to Northamptonshire’s bowling attack at the age of 35.
Kleinveldt all but routed Middlesex’s top order at Northampton on Monday as the hosts took a firm grip on their key County Championship Division Two fixture.
Brought into the attack only in the 15th over, the stalwart right-armer immediately capitalised on a seaming pitch, under cloudy skies.
He started by having ex-England Test opener Sam Robson caught by wicketkeeper Ricardo Vasconcelos after some steep bounce earned the right-hander’s edge. The left-handed Dawid Malan (recently dumped from the England side after struggling to put runs together in the Test arena) was removed leg before for a first-ball duck thanks to some sharp inswing.
Another South African-born batsman, Stevie Eskinazi, departed to Kleinveldt the following over. This time, slip fielder Ben Duckett holding on to the thick edge.
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Kleinveldt’s telling haul of three for 20 in 11 overs sparked a Middlesex collapse that saw them bowled out for a sorry 187 – and left with a hefty first-innings deficit.
His performance with the ball effectively mirrored that of fellow South African Vasconcelos’ star showing with the bat, with Vasconcelos stroking a maiden century for Northants on Sunday as they put together a commanding 346 all out.
Prior to the match against Middlesex, Kleinveldt had taken 443 first-class wickets at an average of 27.98 (econ 3.03), with 20 five-wicket hauls. He has twice taken 10 wickets in a match, with his best bowling figures in an innings being 9-65 against Nottinghamshire at Northampton in 2017, finishing with 13 wickets in the match. His match figures were: 1st innings 24.2-6-65-9 (econ 2.67), 2nd innings 15-3-33-4 (econ 2.20). Kleinveldt also scored 43 off 63 balls in the first innings and 48 off 41 balls in the second innings.
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