Town sur­vive nerve-wrack­ing end to weird game

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Peter­bor­ough Town re­main in touch at the top of the Northants Pre­mier Divi­sion af­ter sur­viv­ing a nerve-wrack­ing fi­nale at Hor­ton House on Satur­day.

Town dom­i­nated most of the game against a side who haven’t won since ear­lyMay, but then it al­most went hor­ri­bly wrong.

Hor­ton reached the fi­nal over re­quir­ing 20 to pass Town’s 214-8 with two wick­ets in hand and fac­ing ace fast bowler Joe Daw­born.

Re­mark­ably two fours and a six fol­lowed and a no-ball awarded while Town skip­per David Clarke was still set­ting his field left Hor­ton re­quir­ing a four from the fi­nal ball to pinch an un­likely win.

They failed much to Clarke’s re­lief and the win­ning draw kept his side in sec­ond place.

“We lost a lit­tle com­po­sure towards the end,” Clarke stated. “But Joe bowled a good last ball to keep us safe.

“It was a weird game as we never re­ally looked likely to lose. In the end we were happy to leave with 16 points which kept us in touch at the top.”

Lewis Bruce top scored with a stylish 79 for Town which was a wel­come re­turn to form. He also claimed two wick­ets , one fewer than spin twin Paul McMa­hon.

Bourne wicket-keeper Carl Wil­son is set to lead Lincs to the Eastern Divi­sion ti­tle in the Uni­corns Cham­pi­onship in his first sea­son in charge. Lincs have a healthy 18-point lead at the top ahead of their penul­ti­mate fix­ture with Herts at Cleethor­pes which starts this week­end.

Lewis Bruce cracked 79 for Peter­bor­ough Town at Hor­ton House.

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