Town are plan­ning a House de­mo­li­tion job

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - By ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

PETER­BOR­OUGH Town will set out to bully the base­ment boys in to­mor­row’s Northants Premier Di­vi­sion clash at Hor­ton House.

The sec­ond-placed city side will ex­pect to record a third straight win against the youth­ful team prop­ping up the rest of the di­vi­sion.

And Town skip­per Ajaz Akhtar is plan­ning a change in strat­egy as he at­tempts to close the gap on earl­y­sea­son pace­set­ters Stony Strat­ford.

Akhtar said: “We may have to bat first to­mor­row. There are eight more points avail­able when you win bat­ting first com­pared to bat­ting sec­ond and against some teams you will just have to gam­ble and go for the jack­pot.

“Hor­ton could be one of those sides. I was sur­prised they stayed up last sea­son, but since then they have lost their cap­tain and open­ing bowler Andy Oram as well as Northants staff mem­ber Luke Evans.

“They look a young side now and they were ham­mered by Strat­ford last week­end so I want us to dom­i­nate them from the first ball.

“Straford are 16 points clear of us at the top of the ta­ble be­cause they’ve had two max­i­mum-points wins al­ready, but I’m not too wor­ried about them in the long term.”

Town have chased two small to­tals to record their own wins this sea­son as Akhtar has taken ad­van­tage of some wet, bowler-friendly tracks.

The down­side to that is the lack of op­por­tu­nity for the bats­men to find some form. They will all be keen to make hay to­mor­row as ap­par­ently the sun is set to shine.

Akhtar has named an un­changed side, but he’s forced to make four changes for the Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onship clash at Granta on Sun­day.

Mi­nor Coun­ties call-ups mean broth­ers Chris and Matthew Mil­ner, Martin Hair and Joe Daw­born are called up for the third at­tempt to ful­fil this par­tic­u­lar fix­ture.

An­other rain-off would mean a bowl-off to de­cide who goes through. TEAMS Peter­bor­ough Town 1sts: (away to Hor­ton House, to­mor­row): A. Akhtar, P. Mcma­hon, L. Bruce, B. Hus­sain, A. Rodgers, D. Clarke, R. Sayer, A. Butt, A. Bur­ton, C. Budd, J. Smith. Peter­bor­ough Town 1sts: (away to Granta, Sun­day): A. Akhtar, C. Budd, A. Butt, C. Mil­ner, A. Rodgers, M. Mil­ner, J. Daw­born, B. Hus­sain, J. Smith, R. Sayer, M. Hair

TOWN sec­onds have also started well in Northants Di­vi­sion Two with two wins from two com­pleted matches to move into sec­ond spot. To­mor­row they host third-placed Over­stone at Bret­ton Gate (1pm).

Oun­dle, bot­tom of Di­vi­sion One while they await the out­come of an ap­peal against a 22-point de­duc­tion, en­ter­tain Ged­ding­ton.

BOURNE and Mar­ket Deep­ing hope to take the field for the first time this sea­son in a Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion match to­mor­row.

Bourne host newly-pro­moted Haxey at the Abbey Lawns (noon), while Deep­ing are at Bos­ton. Haxey are top of the ta­ble by win­ning one of just two Premier Di­vi­sion fix­tures to have started in the first three weeks of the sea­son!

MARCH Town, Nass­ing­ton, Khalsa and Cas­tor are four of the five teams in Cambs Di­vi­sion One not to have started a match this sea­son.

It could be fourth time lucky for them all to­mor­row with Cas­tor’s trip to Wis­bech the pick of the lo­cal bunch.

CALLED UP: Chris Mil­ner (wicket-keeper) is called into the Peter­bor­ough Town side for Sun­day’s Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onship game.

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