Town don’t want to wit­ness ti­tle cel­e­bra­tions this week­end

Cricket - League lead­ers visit Bret­ton Gate

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

Peter­bor­ough Town skip­per David Clarke does not want to see cham­pi­ons-elect Old Northamp­to­ni­ans cel­e­brat­ing a de­served Northants Premier Divi­sion ti­tle suc­cess at Bret­ton Gate on Satur­day (Septem­ber 3, 11.30am). The top dogs are in town this week­end and a win could seal a sur­prise ti­tle win for the un­beaten out­fit.

But Clarke in­sists his team have plenty to play for them­selves, most­no­tably en­sur­ing a top two fin­ish for the fifth year in a row.

Townare­cur­rent­lythird, 11 points be­hind sec­ond-placed Fine­don with three matches re­main­ing, so they can’t af­ford anys­lip-ups, eve­na­gainst a team who ham­mered them ear­lier in the sea­son.

“ON’s de­serve to win the league,” Clarke ad­mit­ted. “To go un­beaten for 19 matches is agreat achieve­menti­na­tough com­pe­ti­tion.

“They­out­played us at their place ear­lier in the sea­son which was a dis­ap­point­ment as man­for­man­wear­eas­good as them. “Good luck to them, but we want to take their un­beaten rec0rd away this week­end as weare­de­ter­minedto claim the run­ners-up spot.

“Tofin­ishinthetopt­wofor the­fifthyeari­narow­wouldbe a strong ef­fort con­sid­er­ing we lost Paul McMahon to in­jury be­fore the sea­son started and af­ter the poor run of form we suf­fered in the mid­dle of the sum­mer.”

Rain po­ten­tially saved Town from a fifth de­feat of the Premier Divi­sion sea­son last week­end.

Play was halted at Bret­ton Gate­with­Town115-8fromone ball un­der­33overs. That mea­gre to­tal was­boost­ed­by40ex­tras, in­clud­ing 30 wides!

Clarke top scored with 24 andhe’snameda­nun­changed sideto­faceON’s, thus­re­sist­ing the temp­ta­tion to strengthen a sec­ond team who have dropped dan­ger­ously close to the Divi­sion One drop zone.

Town are just four points and two places off the rel­e­ga­tion places with three games to go. They are at mid-ta­ble Fine­don­sec­ond­sonSatur­day.

Rain­didn’t doTow­nany­favourslast­week­endasasu­perb in­nings of 56 not out (from 54 balls) from Mar­cus Howard had seen them to 105-1 from just 21 overs at fel­low strug­glers Isham.

Kieran Judd bat­ting for Peter­bor­ough Town against Rush­ton.

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