Bruce insists Town will emerge stronger after a rough few days

Lewis Bruce in  action.
Lewis Bruce in action.
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Peterborough Town will emerge from a rough week a better, stronger, more determined side.

That’s the pledge from skipper Lewis Bruce after a frustrating few days which saw his side denied top spot in the Northants Premier Division by a bizarre umpiring decision and then knocked out of the county Twenty-20 competition by a last-ball six.

Rushton were the opposition in both games. Town needed eight to win from eight overs with five wickets in hand in the league clash when the umpires decided to call a halt because of alleged worsening weather.

Rushton then ended Town’s domination of the Northants Twenty/20 Cup - and with it the chance for the city side to chase more glory in the national rounds - with a seven-wicket win after a pulsating clash at Bretton Gate.

But Bruce is confident he can pick his side up in time for another tough league clash at fourth-placed Old Northamptonians on Saturday.

“It was a frustrating few days to say the least,” Bruce admitted.

“I am still livid about the way the game at Rushton ended because there appeared to be no logic to what the umpires did. The conditions were fine when they ended the game without even talking to me first.

“Twenty/20 games can be volatitle and, while we are disappointed to go out, we did take part in an outstandin game.

“We fell just short in every department to be honest. We should have scored more runs, we bowled some loose overs and we dropped some catches.

“But those game are behind us now. We still have a league title to chase and, while it’s annoying that we aren’t top going into another tough game, we did close the gap a little on the top two.

“I don’t believe my players will be down for too long and the fact that we know we only have the league to play for now could well help us.

“We will want another trophy at the end of the season.”

If Town had won at Rushton they would have been two points clear at the summit as rain prevented every other game from starting.

Joe Dawborn (4-29) bowled well as Rushton were dismissed for 130.

Town posted a respectable 144-5 in the Twenty/20 contest between the sides thanks to a fast start from Asim Butt (27) and a late flourish from Dawborn (31 not out from 21 balls).

Some poor fielding enabled Rushton to keep wickets in hand, but they struggled to keep up with the required run rate and left themselves 34 to win from the final three overs.

That became 14 from the final over which was bowled by teenager Danny Mohammed. Four were needed from the final ball, but Marc Jackson launched a huge six to send Rushton through to the quarter-finals. That was rough on the bowler who was bowling his first over of the match. Even wicket-keeper Tim Young bowled before him.