Cap­tain sets his team a 100-point tar­get to win the top-flight ti­tle

Cricket - Five games to go, five wins re­quired

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

Cap­tain David Clarke has is­sued a 100-point tar­get for Peter­bor­ough Town in the rest of the Northants Premier Di­vi­sion sea­son. Town beat reign­ing cham­pi­ons Rush­den at Bret­ton Gate last week­end to keep alive their faint hopes of win­ning a fourth ti­tle in five years.

Thecity side are nowthird, but 44 points be­hind long­time lead­ers Old Northamp­to­ni­ans with just five matches to go.

That means there are only 100 points avail­able for Town, but Clarke be­lieves claim­ing ev­ery one of themwill be good enough to win the league.

“I hon­estly be­lieve we will fin­ish top if we win all five matches,” Clarke stated. “We have a cou­ple of tough games left, in­clud­ing against the curent top two(ONsandFine­don), but we proved on Satur­day­we­can­beatthebest­teams in the league.

“Old Northamp­to­ni­ans are hav­ing a great sea­son, but they have some­tough­fix­tures left andthey will feel the pres­sure if they see us com­ing up be­hind them.

“Beat­ing Rush­den was huge for us. The con­fi­dence we will get from win­ning by a com­fort­able mar­gin is huge.”

Fast bowler Jamie Smith is avail­able af­ter a two-week break. He is at­tempt­ing to knock­ei­th­ery­oun­gall-rounder Mo­hammed Danyaal or ex­pe­ri­enced slow bowler Richard Ken­dall out of Town’s line-up for a game at Northamp­ton Saints on Satur­day.

Saints­drewatBret­tonGate ear­lierinthe­sum­mer, bu­tit’s a game Town will ex­pect to win on­aw­ick­et­thatis­usu­al­ly­good to bat on.

“We’ll try and get a big score and put the pres­sure on them,” Clarke added.

“They played well at our place, but we are play­ing bet­ter now.”

Re­main­ing games: ONs v Rush­den (a), Saints (h), Rush­ton (h), Town (h), Fine­don (h).

Fine­don v Brix­worth (a), Rush­den (h), Saints (a), Town (h), ONs (a)

Town v Saints (a), Rush­ton (h), Fine­don (a), ONs (h), Welling­bor­ough (h)

Alex Mitchell hits out dur­ing his swash­buck­ling in­nings of 45 from 37 balls for Peter­bor­ough Town against Rush­den.

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