Big guns to clash in first round shoot out

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

THERE will be a bat­tle of the big guns in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the 2012 Jaidka Cup.

Bourne, who are seek­ing a hat­trick of Jaidka Cup wins, will travel to Bret­ton Gate to tackle Peter­bor­ough Town, the win­ners in 2009, on Wed­nes­day, May 23.

It’s a draw that nei­ther team will rel­ish, but Town have gained a lot of con­fi­dence from their run to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Na­tional Twenty/20 com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son, even if it did fol­low an early exit in the Jaidka Cup at the hands of Wis­bech.

The Jaidka also em­ploys most of the na­tional Twenty/20 rules.

Town skip­per Ajaz Akhtar said; “Apart from win­ning it three sea­sons ago, our record has not been the great­est in the Jaidka Cup in re­cent years.

“But we showed how good we can be at Twenty/20 cricket by win­ning the Northants ti­tle at the first at­tempt last sea­son and by go­ing all the way to the last eight in the coun­try.

“We’ll take a lot of con­fi­dence from that even if we have prob­a­bly re­ceived the hard­est draw pos­si­ble. The good thing is we are at home, but we will have to play very well to get past Bourne.

“We have a lot of pos­i­tive his­tory in the Jaidka. The Final is al­ways one of the best nights on the lo­cal cricket cal­en­dar and we want to be in­volved.

“We’ll get a strong side out as all our play­ers recog­nise that this one of the most im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tions we en­ter.”

Bourne beat Wis­bech by six runs in a thrilling final last sea­son and the teams could meet again in the quar­ter-fi­nals if both win their pre­lim­i­nary round games.

Wis­bech will host new en­trants Uf­ford Park next Wed­nes­day on the same night as the third pre­lim­i­nary round match be­tween Yax­ley and Bar­nack.

Eleven teams have en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son. That’s two more than last sea­son as pre­vi­ous win­ners Khalsa have re­turned to the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a brief break.

The quar­ter-fi­nals are sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, May 30. Cas­tor against Nass­ing­ton and Mar­ket Deep­ing against New­bor­ough are the only two con­firmed last-eight ties.

All prof­its for the Jaidka Cup go to a char­ity to be de­cided by the com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee.

DE­FEND­ING CHAM­PI­ONS: Bourne cel­e­brate last year’s vic­tory over Wis­bech in the Jaidka Cup final.

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