Youngsters thrive in a tense finale at Brixworth
Peterborough Town have an outstanding youth set-up so seeing younger players thrive in a tense situation at Brixworth last weekend would have pleased Bretton Gate chiefs.
BattingmainstayAsimButt might have top scored with 42 as Town struggled their way past the home side’s 50-over total of 163-8, but he had long departedwhenteenagersDavid SayerandMohammedDanyaal were left to add 27 under severe pressure for the eighth wicket to see their side home.
Leicestershire Academy player Sayer finished unbeatenon23, whichdoesn’t sound much, butTownhadbeensurprised to see a green seamer’s pitch when they turned up at Brixworth in blazing sunshine.
Run-scoring was hard all afternoon with Sayer (3-26) doing most to keep the Brixworth batsmen in check.
Town did reach 80-2 before a middle-order collapse against accurate seam bowling and a decent leg-spinner, but teenage debutant Kieran Judd held firm for 60 balls in making a composed 34.
“Weplayedbetterthanthe final scoreline suggests,” captain David Clarke stated. “The wicketwastrickytobaton, but theyoungladsbattedverywell towards the end.”
Townsecondshavestarted to find life a bit tougher in Division One and they failed to defend 248-6 against promotion-chasing Burton Latimer at Bretton Gate.
Opener Kyle Medcalf top scoredwith64forthecityside who have now dropped into the bottom half of the table.
Town thirds remain in relegation trouble in Hunts Division Three after losing by five wickets at home to bottom club Blunham seconds.
A weakened first team lost at Stamford by five wickets in Rutland Division One.
David Sayer bowled superbly for Peterborough Town at Brixworth.