The real Town team re­ally need to turn up for the House party

Cricket - City side knocked off the top of the Pre­mier Di­vi­sion

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

Cap­tain David Clarke is de­mand­ing the real Peter­bor­ough Town turn up at Hor­ton House on Satur­day.

Two lack­lus­tre dis­plays in a row have cost the city side top spot in the hotly-con­tested Northants Pre­mier Di­vi­sion ti­tle race.

Rain saved Town from a pos­si­ble de­feat at neigh­boiurs Oundle two Satur­days ago and only late bat­ting de­fi­ance stopped reign­ing cham­pi­ons Old Northamp­to­ni­ans from claim­ing a cru­cial win at Bret­ton Gate last week­end.

That drawn game en­abled Rush­ton to sneak past Town into top spot, but just 13 points cover the top four. ONs and Fine­don are third and fourth.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of dis­ap­point­ing weeks,” Clarke ad­mit­ted. “But that’s the way this league has been this year.

“There hasn’t been a dom­i­nant team, but the good thing from our point of view is we are still right in the thick of things.

“And we have a great chance of get­ting back to win­ning ways at Hor­ton House.

“They’ve been in ter­ri­ble form re­cently. Ev­ery­one has been beat­ing them.

“They usu­ally pro­vide a good bat­ting wicket as well so hope­fully we can get some of our big hit­ters back in form.”

With Lewis Bruce in poor form with the bat, much of the run scor­ing onus has fallen on Clarke and Asim Butt so it’s likely Town will try and add an ex­tra bats­man to their lineup for the trip to Hor­ton with leg-spin­ner Danield Old­ham’s place un­der threat.

Town will cer­tainly ex­pect to win on Satur­day. Hor­ton won their first three matches of the sea­son to set the early pace at the top, but they haven’t won since, a run that started with a heavy de­feat at Bret­ton Gate.

Town will take part in a re-ar­ranged Northants T20 Fi­nals Day at Rush­ton on Sun­day, Au­gust 20 against the host club, Old Northamp­to­ni­ans and Fine­don.

Fi­nals Day was con­tro­ver­sially aban­doned at the Northampton County Ground last month af­ter a brief shower.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Two - Sutton 2nds.

Hunts League

(1pm) Di­vi­sion One - Burgh­ley Park v Ramsey 2nds, Hamp­ton v Ea­ton So­con 2nds, New­bor­ough v Or­ton Park, Southill Park v AK 11, Wares­ley 2nds v Stam­ford.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Two - Bar­nack v Buck­den, Bharat Sports v Ick­well, Nass­ing­ton 2nds v Peter­bor­ough Town 3rds.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Three - Big­gleswade v Burgh­ley Park 2nds, Or­ton Park 2nds v Ramsey 3rds, Sawtry v Up­wood.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Four - Blun­ham 3rds v Ket­ton 2nds, Bramp­ton v Cas­tor 2nds, Ick­well 2nds v Bret­ton, Kim­bolton 2nds v New­bor­ough 2nds, King’s Keys v Hem­ing­ford Park, Lit­tle Pax­ton v Wer­ring­ton.

Sun­day Au­gust 6 Na­tional T20 -

Bourne v West Indian Cava­liers (at Well­beck CC).

Rut­land League

(1pm) Di­vi­sion One - Bar­nack v Wis­bech, Gran­tham v Peter­bor­ough Town, Ket­ton v Mar­ket Deep­ing, Nass­ing­ton v Bourne, Stam­ford v Oundle.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Two - Cas­tor v Wel­don, March v Burgh­ley Park, New­bor­ough v Up­ping­ham, Uff­in­g­ton v King’s Keys, Uf­ford Park v Whit­tle­sey.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Three West - Med­bourne v Fine­don.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Three East - Long Sutton v Wer­ring­ton.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Four East - Mar­ket Deep­ing 2nds v Uff­in­g­ton, Moul­ton Har­rox v Cas­tor 2nds, Spald­ing v New­bor­ough 2nds, Whit­tle­sey 2nds v Uf­ford Park 2nds.

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Four West - Bene­field v Bar­ton Seagrave, Bourne 2nds v Peter­bor­ough Town 2nds, Hunt­ing­don v Hamp­ton 2nds, Sawtry v Wel­don 2nds.

South Lincs League

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Two - Freis­ton v Pinch­beck.

Hunts League

(1pm) Di­vi­sion Five - Ad­dida v Buck­den, War­boys v Sheikh 11.

Bourne take part in a Mid­lands heat of the Na­tional T20 Cup at Well­beck CC on Sun­day. They tackle West Indian Cava­liers in a semi­fi­nal­with­thewin­ner­splaying­i­na­fi­nal­straight af­ter­wards.

Peter­bor­ough Town’s Joe Daw­born ap­peals in vain in the drawn game with Old Northamp­to­ni­ans.

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