Town are win­ning games too eas­ily for their own good!

Cricket -Se­nior de­but for teenage bats­man

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

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.

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