Lib Dem MPs put up more resistance on General Election day than Peterborough Town’s opponents in the Northants Premier Division have managed so far this season.
Town routed Brixworth for 81 at Bretton Gate to complete a massive 152-run victory today (May 9). In their previous two matches this season, Town dismissed Wollaston and Oundle for just 92 and 75 respectively on their way to easy wins.
The city side’s motivation and aggression remains impressively high as they chase a fourth Premier Division title in a row, but they are having to maintain their own high standards as outclassed opponents are hardly forcing them to improve.
Winning is great, but a series of one-sided encounters reflects poorly on a league with ECB status.
Still, Town can’t be blamed for that. They can only beat what’s put in front of them, which so far this season has been brittle batting line-ups and moderate bowling attacks.
Town dominated this game from the start. The maximum 30 points was pretty much guaranteed from the moment Lewis Bruce won the toss and elected to bat.
Bruce (42) and David Clarke added 80 for the wicket. Clarke, who grafted his way to 80, and Asim Butt put on 109 for the second wicket. Butt was ill and suffering from a side strain, but still eased his way to 66 as Town reached 233-4 before declaring at the end of the 52nd over.
It wasn’t vintage batting as Bruce was dropped twice early on and Clarke struck just six fours, but the boundaries were vast and Town ran well between the wickets. Newcomer Tim Young contributed a quickfire 26 in the closing overs.
Town’s bowling has been outstanding so far this summmer and pacemen Joe Dawborn and Jamie Smith soon started making inroads into the visiting batting line-up. Dawborn, who is due to play for Leicestershire seconds in Durham throughout next week, bagged 4-23 from 13 downwind overs, while Smith returned 4-40, also from 13 overs. Dawborn’s masterly control of swing gave him the opportunity of an early hat-trick, but a rare poor delivery ruined the moment.
Bruce snaffled one fine catch before tossing the ball to novice seamer Kieran Jones ahead of professional off-spinner Paul McMahon. Jones promptly took a wicket in his first over and another in his second to finish with 2-2 from eight balls as Brixworth were bowled out in just over 28 of their 58 allotted overs.
D. Clarke st Caunt b Sibley 80
L. Bruce c Mclean b Newborough 42
A. Butt b Sibley 66
T. Young b Lacey 26
M. Howard not out 3
S. Williams not out 1
TOTAL (4 wkts) 233
Bowling: R. Mclean 7-3-17-0; A. Morris 7-1-19-0; F. Newborough 15-2-71-1; A. Pruthab 3-0-18-0; C. Sibley 15-1-56-2; A. Lacey 5-0-39-1.
T. Worthington c Milner b Smith 29
A. Lacey lbw Dawborn 2
A. Pruthab lbw Dawborn 0
W. Thomas b Smith 0
A. Starmer b Dawborn 0
T. Cowley b Jones 27
P. Caunt b Smith 0
F. Newborough c Bruce b Smith 4
R. McLean c Milner b Dawborn 4
A. Morris b Jones 4
C. Sibley not out 0
Bowling: J. Dawborn 13-6-23-4; J. Smith 13-2-40-4; K. Jones 1.2-0-2-2; P. McMahon 1-0-5-0.
Oundle pulled off a remarkable Premier Division draw at Old Northamptonians.
Oundle’s last pair of Richard Cunningham (45no) and Peter Wilson survived the final 21 overs and three balls of the match to claim a share of the points despite being outplayed for 90 per cent of the contest.
Oundle were 135-9 chasing the home side’s 239-6 when the heroic last stand of 59 started.
Old Northamptonians 239-6 (B. Hussain 2-65, P. Jeftha 2-70).
Oundle 194-9 (R. Cunningham 45no, Z. Manzoor 41, P. Jeftha 33).