Town are planning a House demolition job
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.