Cricket - Town are back to winning ways . . . but only just

Marcus Howard batted well for Town.
Marcus Howard batted well for Town.
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Peterborough Town got back to winning ways in the Northants League Premier Division yesterday (May 30).

A week after coming unstuck at Bretton Gate for the first time in over two years, the city side won a thrilling match at Northampton Saints off the last ball of the game.

They emerged narrow four-run winners to move up a place to third in the Premier Division table.

Town won the toss and elected to bat but lost opening pair Lewis Bruce and Asim Butt with only 23 runs on the board.

That brought together Tim Young and Marcus Howard and they steadied the ship with a match-winning third wicket stand of 130.

Young top-scored with 88 and hit seven fours and three sixes while Howard made 47 (four fours and one six).

Town finished on 203-5 off 55 overs and Saints were always well up with the run rate.

Experienced spinners Bruce and Paul McMahon then set to work to mop up most of the Saints tail - Bruce taking 3-57 and McMahon 3-68 - before Joe Dawborn took a wicket with the last ball of the game as Saints went from 146-5 to 199 all out.

Peterborough Town

L. Bruce c Odedra b Wolstenholme 7

A. Butt c Bright b Bell 15

T. Young c Dolley b Wolstenholme 88

M. Howard c Bright b Dolley 47

P. McMahon c Bell b Dolley 1

S. Williams not out 17

C. Milner not out 5

Extras 23

TOTAL (5 wkts) 203

Bowling: M Wolstenholme 13-1-57-2; N. Bell 15-2-60-1; E. Patterson 7-3-16-0; C. Dolley 17-7-38-2; M. Odedra 3-1-13-0.

Northampton Saints

Z. Harvey c Milner b Smith 18

D. Harris c Milner b Smith 0

C. Dolley c Williams b Bruce 51

J. Collins st Milner b Bruce 35

P. Bright c Dawborn b Bruce 1

M. Wolstenholme c Butt b Dawborn 65

E. Patterson c Clarke b McMahon 0

C. Harris lbw McMahon 0

N. Bell c Dawborn b McMahon 0

M. Muhammed not out 8

M. Odedra b Dawborn 0

Extras 21

TOTAL 199

Bowling: J. Dawborn 15-3-51-2; J. Smith 9-3-13-2; P. McMahon 16-0-57-3; L. Bruce 15-2-68-3.

There was a far more comfortable win for Oundle.

They entertained Wollaston and won by six wickets.

Petrus Jeftha was the Oundle bowling star, taking 5-65 as Wollaston were skittled for 151 in 45.4 overs.

Oundle reached 154-4 in 39.4 overs with Jeftha unbeaten on 38, Phil Adams hitting 34 and Alex Martin 31.