Town are winning games too easily for their own good!
Cricket -Senior debut for teenage batsman
Peterborough Town could soon become victims of their own success. Town have raced to victory in their last two Northants Premier Division matches, losing justonewicketintotalchasing scores of 174 and 193.
It’s an impressive burst of form by a city side refusing to give uphopeofafourthtitle in the last five seasons.
But captain David Clarke admits the lack of practice for his middle order men could become an issue when the tougher games start in a couple of weeks.
Town are at bottom-half side Brixworth this Saturday when they will expect to replicate anearly season winover the same opponents at Bretton Gate.
“Batting so well in the last couple of weeks could actually become a problem for us,” Clarke stated.
“We’ve chased down biggish totals so impressively we now have batsmen in the side whohaven’thadaninningsfor a few weeks.
“We can’t mess around with the batting order when faced with decent scores so it is what it is.
“Hopefully players will have found the chance to bat before we take on some of the better sides as we’ll probably need them!”
Clarke, who has registered three half centuries in a row, Asim Butt, who blasted a quickfire ton in last weekend’s 10-wicket win over Horton House, and Alex Mitchell are the only three Town batsmen to see any action in the last fortnight.
Clarke hands prolific second-team batsman Kieran Judd his Premier Division debut on Saturday.
He also recalls magical, mystery bowler Richard Kendall as senior batsman Ajaz Akhtar and fast bowler Jamie Smith are both unavailale.
Teenager Judd has been in outstanding form for Town seconds in Division One of the Northants League as well as for the city side’s Rutland Division One team and his Hunts’ age group sides.
“Kieran has been in excellent form this summer,” Clarke added.
“He deserves his chance and it will be interesting to see how he goes.
“We really could do with a second slow bowler to help Lewis Bruce and Richard is a very tricky bowler to play, esepcially if you haven’t faced him before.
“We beat Brixworth easily at ourplace, buttheyhaveproducedshockresultsinthepast and they will be a lot tougher to beat on their own ground.
“It’s important we keep winningthesegamesandifwe canthenbeatthesidesaround usinthetable, youneverknow where we might finish up.
“Theattitudehasbeenspot on in the last couple of games and that needs to carry on for the rest of the season.”
Town are fourth in the Premier Division, but still 44 points behind leaders Old Northamptonians.
Kieran Judd has been called up into the Peterborough Town first team.