Reign­ing cham­pi­ons are here so time for Town stars to shine

Cricket - Win or bust game at Bret­ton Gate

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann @PTAlanSwann

Peter­bor­ough Town skip­per David Clarke has or­dered his big play­ers to turn up and per­form against reign­ing Northants Pre­mier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Rush­den at Bret­ton Gate on Satur­day (noon start). Rush­den have won the last three meet­ings with the city side and if they make it four in a row, Town’s sea­son, as far as win­ning tro­phies is con­cerned, will be over.

Town, who are fourth, are 44 points be­hind lead­ers Old Northamp­to­ni­ans and 15 points adriftof se­cond-placed Rush­den­with­just­six­matches to go.

“It’s a must-win game for both teams,” Clarke stated. “I still be­lieve we can win the league, but only if we win all our re­main­ing games.

“Rush­den are a top qual­ity side and they’ve had the edge on us in re­cent matches, but only by nar­row mar­gins.

“The dif­fer­ence has been their bet­ter play­ers out-per- f0rm­ing ours and that will have to change if we are to get the re­sult we want.

“There is nodoubtwe­have the abil­ity to beat Rush­den and we just have to prove it on Satur­day. Andthe­bet­ter­play­ers need to lead the way.”

Town laboured to a three- wicket win at Brix­worth last Satur­day.

Vete r a n A j a z A k hta r missedthat­match, butis­setto re­turn against Rush­den with Clarke mak­ing a late de­ci­sion on who to leave out.

Mys­tery bowler Richard Ken­dall and mid­dle- or­der man Mar­cus Howard could be the play­ers un­der threat.

Fast bowler Jamie Smithis still un­avail­able. YoungKieran Judd is ex­pected to stay in the side af­ter­apromis­ingdebu­tat Brix­wor­thyield­ed34run­sina low-scor­ing game

“Kieran de­serves an­other go,” Clarke stated. “He played very well.”

Top run-scorer Asim Butt, Clarke him­self, all- rounder Lewis Bruce and open­ing bowler Joe Daw­born are the play­ers Town will look to­wards as they at­tempt to gain a rare win against Rush­den.

Peter­bor­ough Town need a bet­ter con­tri­bu­tion with the bat from Lewis Bruce this week­end.

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