Town set to un­leash an ag­gres­sive Aussie

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by JamES wEST­GaTE james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk

PETER­BOR­OUGH Town skip­per Ajaz Akhtar has no plans to tame his new tiger.

Akhtar will hand a de­but to su­per ag­gres­sive Aussie seamer Paul Burn­ham for Town’s Northants Premier League clash at Fine­don to­mor­row which is fast shap­ing up to be a mas­sive game.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Fine­don cur­rently lie third in the ta­ble while Akhtar’s men sit top and the out­come of to­mor­row’s con­test at Wan­tage Road is likely to go a long way in de­cid­ing the destiny of this sea­son’s cham­pi­onship.

But rather than at­tempt to smother the en­ergy of a player re­leased by Le­ices­ter­shire Premier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Lut­ter­worth for be­ing too ag­gres­sive, Akhtar - no re­tir­ing vi­o­let him­self - is look­ing for­ward to let­ting Burn­ham off the leash.

He said: “Paul is a top qual­ity player. He was the top wicket taker for Lut­ter­worth last sea­son with 60 wick­ets at an av­er­age of just 10 and I am sure he will be an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to our side.

“He is an agges­sive Aussie and that is ex­actly what we need. There is no chance that I will be hold­ing him back that’s for sure. In fact I will be en­cour­ag­ing him to be ag­gres­sive.”

Bad boy Burn­ham aside, Town have plenty of other weapons in their ar­moury as they seek to end a 14-year wait for an­other league ti­tle.

And while Akhtar has plenty of re­spect for to­mor­row’s op­po­nents, the vet­eran seamer will lead his side to Fine­don con­fi­dent of de­liv­er­ing a de­ci­sive blow to their op­po­nents.

He said: “This is a mas­sive, mas­sive game for us as if we win we can put 45 points be­tween them and us. I am not say­ing we will win the league to­mor­row but it will be a big step.

“We have to be wary of their spin­ners but I want us to go there and be ag­gres­sive.

“We have in-form bowlers like my­self, Jamie Smith and Bash Hus­sain while our bats­men are also get­ting plenty of runs.

“Butt, Pate­man, Cunningham and Clark have all bagged 300 runs in this league al­ready and hav­ing won seven of our last seven com­pet­i­tive games we have to be con­fi­dent of get­ting the win.”

Bourne’s Dave Christ­mas will make his long awaited re­turn to cricket this week­end af­ter more than a year out with a knee in­jury.

The vet­eran slog­ger will pro­vide a big boost to his side who travel to Hartsholme in the Lin­colnshire Premier Di­vi­sion hot on the heels of an ex­cel­lent win against high­fly­ing Brace­bridge Heath last week­end.

Cam­bridgeshire Di­vi­sion One serves up a real derby cracker with March tak­ing on Wis­bech while Wed­nes­day night’s beaten Jaidka Cup fi­nal­ists Khalsa travel to Nass­ing­ton.

BHARAT SPORTS: Pic­tured be­fore their week­end de­feat by AK11 are from the left, back, Gu­lab Sher, Piyash Vakhawia, Nilesh Kuch­ha­dia, Anil Pa­tel, Nis­hant Od­e­dra, Bipin Gavvri, front, At­tah Ul­lah, Di­pak Kuch­hada, Harsh Joshi, Raj Avda, Di­nesh Od­e­dra. (METP-19-06-10GM066)

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