Chastening afternoon at the hands of champions
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.