Bourne fancy their chances of an up­set

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

BOURNE fancy their chances of caus­ing a Jaidka Cup up­set by beat­ing hold­ers Peter­bor­ough Town in tonight’s semi-fi­nal at The Abbey Lawns (6.15pm).

Af­ter a slow start to the sum­mer, Bourne have hit a bit of form in re­cent weeks with suc­ces­sive Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion wins ei­ther side of their Jaidka quar­ter-fi­nal win over Yax­ley.

Over­seas star Farhad Ma­sood has hit his stride, while the club’s other sum­mer re­cruits Peter Mor­gan and Con­rad Louth are show­ing signs of their best form.

Bourne skip­per Matt Cre­aney said: “We are play­ing pretty well right now so we def­i­nitely have a good chance of win­ning tonight.

“We did lose to them in the Rut­land League ear­lier this sea­son, but it was a close game and we are play­ing bet­ter now.”

Cre­aney ex­pects to lead a full strength side with the ex­cep­tion of seamer Mark Dixon and Bourne’s le­gendary all-rounder Dave Christ­mas who is a long-term ab­sen­tee.

Town are not quite so well off. Lead­ing pro­fes­sional Tan­veer Ahmed is abroad with the Pak­istani na­tional squad while gifted open­ing bats­man David Clarke is play­ing for his uni­ver­sity side.

All-rounder Lewis Bruce, who has an ex­cel­lent bowl­ing record in Mi­nor Coun­ties limited overs cricket for Cambs this sea­son, is also doubt­ful af­ter dam­ag­ing a fin­ger tak­ing a catch in the Rut­land League on Sun­day.

But Town skip­per Ajaz Akhtar is still his usual con­fi­dent self. Akhtar said: “It’s very rare for a team to have all their best play­ers avail­able for an evening game.

“But we are luck­ier than most teams in that we have a lot of depth. We also have bats­men who are ca­pa­ble of win­ning a game in a hand­ful of overs.

“Asim Butt couldn’t be in bet­ter form, while Matthew Pate­man and Con­nor Cunningham can be very de­struc­tive. It will be tough tonight, but we in­tend to fight hard to keep hold of the tro­phy as it took us such a long time to get it back.”

Town won the Jaidka for the first time in 12 sea­sons last sum­mer and will start favourites tonight. The key bat­tle could take place early on when in-form Ma­sood bowls to Butt who has cracked tons in each of his last two com­pet­i­tive matches.

The win­ners take on Mar­ket Deep­ing or Khalsa in the fi­nal on Wed­nes­day, June 23. The sec­ond semi-fi­nal takes place next Wed­nes­day (June 16) at Out­gang Road. pro­fes­sion­ally for Wood­hall Spa in the Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion.

Bruce said: “It’s nice to be asked, but I play for Peter­bor­ough not for money.”

Club cricket is awash with money. For­mer Town opener Alan Bur­ton is on a re­ported £100 per game plus a gen­er­ous cash-per-run deal to play vil­lage cricket for Altofts in the York­shire Cen­tral League.

IN GOOD FORM: Bourne’s over­seas star Farhad Ma­sood could give Peter­bor­ough Town some prob­lems to night.

CLOSE TO HIS BEST: New Bourne re­cruit Con­rad Louth.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.