The real Town team really need to turn up for the House party
Cricket - City side knocked off the top of the Premier Division
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.
(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).
(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.
(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.