Town set to unleash an aggressive Aussie
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)