Captain Lewis Bruce cracked a brilliant ton as Peterborough Town returned to winning ways in the Northants Premier Division today (August 22).
Town recovered from their first back-to-back defeats for five years to hammer Horton House by 202 runs. The home side were dismissed for a paltry 48 in just 18 overs after being set a victory target of 251 in 59 overs.
Bruce enjoyed plenty of success opening the batting in the second half of last season and he proved again that is far too classy to be loitering down a batting order that has shown brittleness at times this summer.
He completely dominated an opening stand of 125 with David Clarke (33) before accompanying Asim Butt (52) in a second-wicket stand of 87. Bruce was eventually dismissed for 124 (one six 20 fours), a personal best in the Premier Division and he declared a couple of overs later.
And Horton, who are in danger of relegation, were brushed aside with ease. Reports of Joe Dawborn’s exhaustion after a long sason appear to have been exaggerated as he claimed 5-24 in seven overs, receiving most support from fellow seamers Kieran Jones (3-3) and Jamie Smith (2-11).
Not one Horton batsman reached double figures with Jones ending the valiant effort of Tom Knibbs who top scored with nine.
Town still look destined for second place as unbeaten leaders Rushden hammered third-placed Finedon. They are 35 points clear of Town with just four matches remaining.
D. Clarke ht wkt b Finch 33
L. Bruce b T. Knibbs 124
A. Butt c W. Knibbs b Chalcraft 52
M. Howard not out 17
P. McMahon b Chalcroft 4
D. Sayer not out 1
TOTAL (4 wkts) 250
Bowling: T. Knibbs 13-2-64-1; M. Chalcraft 8-2-36-2; S. Finch 12-0-51-1; J. Johnson 8-0-27-0; A. Neate 10-1-59-0.
J. Moxon lbw Smith 7
J. Johnson b Dawborn 4
E. Ruff c Dawborn b Smith 2
B. Wall lbw Dawborn 5
A. Neate lbw Dawborn 5
W. Knibbs lbw Dawborn 0
A. Smith b Jones 7
D. Adams lbw Dawborn 0
T. Knibbs c Sayer b Jones 9
M. Chacraft b Jones 0
S. Finch not out 0
Bowling: J. Dawborn 7-0-24-5; J. Smith 5-2-11-2; K. Jones 4-2-3-3; D. Sayer 2-0-5-0.
Oundle delivered a poor batting display as they went down by 37 runs at home to a 10-man Rushton side.
Oundle reached 40-0 chasing 172, but collapsed in tame fashion once top scorer Alex Martin (29) was dismissed.
Bashrat Hussain, Ben Graves, Petrus Jeftha and Richard Cunningham each picked up two wickets for Oundle.
Rushton 172 (A. Reynoldson 63, M. Steed 35, B. Hussain 2-15, B. Graves 2-30, P. Jeftha 2-34, R. Cunningham 2-46).
Oundle 135 (A. Martin 29, P. Foster 22, C. Wake 20, M. Steed 4-11, A. Reynoldson 3-30, D. Bendon 3-48).