There will be no National Twenty/20 glory for Peterborough Town this season after a dramatic last ball defeat at the hands of Northants Premier Division rivals Rushton last night (June 16).
The visitors to Bretton Gate required four from the last ball bowled by teenager Danny Mohammed to pass Town’s 144-5 and all-rounder Marc Jackson promptly smacked it high over the mid-wicket boundary for six, a moment that sparked a pitch invasion of the friendly kind by jubilant team-mates.
It was a scene enjoyed by Town many times in Twenty/20 competition in recent seasons, but their hold on the Northants Twenty/20 Cup is now over and with it the chance to contest the national rounds that delivered additional glory last season last year when the city side made it all the way to finals day.
Rushton came close to making a mess of their run chase as they gradually fell behind the required run rate despite losing just three wickets, but Jackson and hard-hitting skipper Dan Bendon managed to smack 36 from the final three overs and the 14 required off the final over after Joe Dawborn’s excellent penultimate over had given Town renewed hope.
The outcome was harsh on Stamford schoolboy Mohammed who was only asked to bowl the final over. The seamer was even placed behind wicket-keeper Tim Young in the pecking order, but after conceding seven from his first two balls he recovered well before Jackson, a big, powerful man, got hold of the final ball.
Town were also not helped by dropping four catches and missing two stumpings after Young had handed his gloves to Asim Butt. Rushton opener Daniel McGovern was given four lives on his way to a pain-staking 33, although his dismissal late on paved the way for Jackson to perform his heroics.
Town also suffered from the lack of an experienced fifth bowler. Kieran Jones, who bowled beautifully at Rushton in a league game on Saturday (June 13), took a wicket and conceded just two runs from his first over, but conceded 23 from his 11-ball second over which yielded eight in wides and four from a no-ball.
Rushton’s bowling attack had no obvious weak link although Butt and David Clarke took 17 from Jackson’s first over - the second of the game. Taking pace off the ball was key with slow bowlers Andy Reynoldson and Marcus Steed conceding just 33 runs from their overs.
Reynoldson dismissed Butt in his opening spell after the Town professional had breezed to 27 from just 20 balls. Clarke went on to make 30 at a run-a-ball, but Town stalled badly in the middle overs and it took some fine hitting from Dawborn (31 from 21 balls) and Lewis Bruce (22no) to get their side to a respectable total.
A. Butt b Reynoldson 27
D. Clarke c Steed b Bendon 30
T. Young b Steed 12
P. McMahon c Reynoldson b Bendon 8
L. Bruce not out 22
M. Howard c Malton b Jackson 1
J. Dawborn not out 31
TOTAL (5 wkts) 144
Bowling: A. Reynoldson 4-0-19-1; M. Jackson 4-0-43-1; D. McGovern 4-0-34-0; M. Steed 4-0-14-1; D. Bendon 4-0-30-2.
D. McGovern run out 33
J. Bindley c Butt b Jones 17
A. Reynoldson c McMahon b Bruce 45
D. Bendon not out 23
M. Jackson not out 11
TOTAL (3 wkts) 147
Bowling: J. Dawborn 4-0-14-0; P. McMahon 4-0-18-0; L. Bruce 4-0-32-1; K. Jones 2-0-23-1; D. Oldham 4-0-31-0; T. Young 1-0-9-0; M. Danyaal 1-0-16-0.
Oundle strolled into the quarter-finals with an easy 35-run win at Fourth Division side Raunds.
Ben Groom top scored with 41 of Oundle’s 174-7. Raunds replied with 139-8.