Chas­ten­ing after­noon at the hands of cham­pi­ons

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Peter­bor­ough Town didn’t lose, but they still suf­fered a chas­ten­ing after­noon at the hands of reign­ing Northants Pre­mier Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Old Northamp­to­ni­ans.

The record books will show a draw, but the visi­tors to Bret­ton Gate last Satur­day were bet­ter with bat and ball, reach­ing an im­pos­ing 50-over score of 236-7, af­ter start­ing the after­noon with con­di­tions tricky over­head, be­fore re­duc­ing Town to 61-5 in re­ply.

Sen­si­bly Town de­cided to shut up shop and pre­serve some dig­nity as well as a los­ing draw.

“We were out­played from start to fin­ish,” Town skip­per David Clarke ad­mit­ted. “But if we had lost ONs would have gone above us in the league so it was worth mak­ing sure we drew a game we couldn’t pos­si­bly win.”

For­mer Northants opener Rob White - a man with a top first class score of 277 - bat­ted su­perbly for ONs mak­ing a chan­c­less 97 be­fore tired­ness and Lewis Bruce did for him.

Only Jamie Smith (1-23) from nine overs bowled with the nec­es­sary dis­ci­pline be­fore Town’s bats­men were stran­gled by ac­cu­rate bowl­ing and as­tute field plac­ing.

Paul McMahon (35no) and Joe Daw­born (21) blocked 25 overs to save the day.

The im­pres­sive Jamie Smith bowl­ing for Town against ONs.

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