NORTHANTS LEAGUE: Title celebrations on hold after Town washout

Asim Butt scored 61 for Peterborough Town against Old Northamptonians.
Asim Butt scored 61 for Peterborough Town against Old Northamptonians.

Old Northamptonians’ Northants Premier Division title celebrations were put on hold for a week after rain washed out their match at Peterborough Town after just 30 overs yesterday (September 3).

It was frustrating for Town who had batted briskly to reach 122-3 against a team now unbeaten in 20 league matches.

Town skipper David Clarke withdrew from the game because of illness, but openers Asim Butt and Ajaz Akhtar gave the city side a solid start.

Butt went on to make a fine 61 (eight fours) before falling to a disputed lbw decision just before play was abandoned.

The visitors require a maximum of eight points from their final two matches to win the league.

Town effectively compete in a winner-takes-all game for second place at Finedon next Saturday (September 10).

Town

A. Butt lbw Pedal 61

A. Akhtar b Pedal 18

A. Mitchell lbw White 10

K. Judd not out 19

M. Howard not out 9

Extras 5

TOTAL (3 wkts) 122

Bowling: T. Heathfield 11-1-49-0; T. Pedal 11-1-40-2; R. White 6-0-17-1; W. Heathfield 2-0-16-0.

Oundle’s match at Rushton lasted just 13 overs and four balls with the home side 42-2 when the bad weather arrived.

Recent signing from Finedon Primesh Patel claimed the prize wicket of Northants staff member James Kettleborough in that time. Captain Bashrat Hussain also picked up a wicket.