Town’s Twenty/20 domination under threat

Peterborough Town skipper Lewis Bruce.
Peterborough Town skipper Lewis Bruce.
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Peterborough Town skipper Lewis Bruce admits his side’s domination of the Northants Twenty/20 competition comes under serious threat at Bretton Gate tonight (June 16, 6.15pm).

Northants Premier Division rivals Rushton are Town’s visitors, 72 hours after the teams met in a controversial league match which was abandoned with the city side requiring just eight runs from eight overs for a win that would have taken them to the top of the table.

Bruce wants his players to channel that frustration into tonight’s contest. Town have won this county cup three times in the last four seasons before enjoying some wonderful times in the national rounds.

“Rushton have some top players who appear ideally suited to twenty/20 cricket,” Bruce stated. “They have three or four players with Minor Counties experience so we will need to play well to win.

“But we have proven ourselves time and time again in this format and if we perform to our best we will be hard to beat. It should be a high quality game though.

“To be honest I’m still livid about the way our league game at Rushton finished, The more I think about it, the angrier I get. I have no idea why the umpires acted as they did. We’ve had our problems with Rushton in the past, but the game was played in a good spirit throughout after both teams decided they wanted to give it a go.

“It seems bizarre to play a competetive game of cricket for five hours and then not see it through when the finish was so close. I’m sure we will all feel a lot better if we win tonight.”

One of the umpires involved on Saturday is due to officiate tonight.

Town will be without opening bowler Jamie Smith and first-choice wicket-keeper Chris Milner. Professionals Paul McMahon and Asim Butt will be in action.

Rushton all-rounders Andy Reynoldson and Dan Bendon are two visiting players to look out for as well as hard-hitting opening batsman Ben Mansell.

Oundle have a far easier passage into the quarter-finals. They are away to Fourth Division side Raunds.