Lewis Bruce hopes victory in one of the greatest club matches he’s ever played in will inspire Peterborough Town to even greater heights.
Town beat Northampton Saints by four runs in a Northants Premier Division match last weekend after pace ace Joe Dawborn took the final wicket with the final ball of the match.
Third-placed Town can build on that success with victory over rock bottom Horton House at Bretton Gate on Saturday (June 6, noon). A win will close the gap on the top two as unbeaten sides Rushden and Finedon are playing each other.
Saints started the last over requiring just five to pass Town’s 203-5 and with home dangerman Mark Wolstenholme facing on 65 not out.
Fortunately Wolstenholme drilled the third ball of the over straight to Asim Butt on the boundary and three balls later Dawborn struck again.
“It was one of the best matches I’ve ever been involved in,” Bruce admitted. “It was a great game between two good sides hell bent on winning. Luckily we came out on top in the end.
“We batted too slowly at the start and lost a couple of key wickets, but scoring ‘just’ 203 probably ensured Saints went for it.
“We were second favourites at the start of the final over, but Asim clung on to his catch and then Joe, who hadn’t bowled that well early on, bowled the fastest ball of his day by some distance.
“It’s a great 30 points for us , but we must build on it by getting the same again this weekend.”
Newcomer Tim Young (88) and youngster Marcus Howard (47) rescued Town from early trouble in their innings.
Town received their second successive bye in the Northants Twenty/20 Cup when Premier Division rivals Wollaston conceded their first round tie this week.
Bruce and fellow Town players Paul McMahon and Joe Dawborn were in the Cambs team that won their qualifying group in the Unicorns Twenty/20 Trophy at the weekend.
Cambs beat Norfolk by six wickets in a 13-over game and Suffolk by two wickets in a full 20-over match at Sawston.
Scores: Norfolk 101-7 (G. Park 40, M. Cafferkey 3-24, J. Dawborn 2-20, J. Barrs 2-20); Cambs 107-4 (S. Park 25no, M. Cafferkey 21).
Suffolk 85 (P. McMahon 3-8, S. Rippington 3-17, J. Dawborn 2-11, M. Cafferkey 2-20); Cambs 86-8 (C. Park 22).