‘Complete’ Town are back on course for fourth title in a row

Joe Dawborn has been in blistering form for Peterborough Town this summer.
Joe Dawborn has been in blistering form for Peterborough Town this summer.
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Lewis Bruce believes his Peterborough Town team are on course to win the Northants Premier Division title for a fourth season in a row.

Town’s emphatic 131-run win over title rivals Finedon at Bretton Gate last Saturday had the skipper purring with delight.

Bruce (60) contributed his first half century of the season during a fourth-wicket partnership of 104 with impressive opener David Clarke (89) as Town piled up 244-7 from their 55 overs.

Paul McMahon smashed 55 from 37 balls towards the end of the innings before picking up two wickets with the ball. Seamer Kieran Jones broke a stubborn ninth-wicket stand during an eight-ball spell of 2-4, but all bowlers were overshadowed by paceman Joe Dawborn who ripped through a strong batting line-up to return figures of 6-38 in 16 overs.

Dawborn now has 37 wickets this summer, the most in all 15 divisions of the Northants League.

The win lifted Town up to second in the table behind Rushden who maintained their own 100 per cent record with a 15-run win over Oundle.

Town are 28 points behind Rushden, but now set off on a run of five games in a row against teams in the bottom six, starting with a first-ever trip to Geddington on Saturday.

“I’m actually happy that we are not further behind Rushden,” Bruce stated. “They’ve won every game they’ve started this summer whereas we have lost a game (to Rushden) and had a couple of iffy results because of the weather.

“But we delivered a statement of intent for the rest of the summer last weekend. We produced the complete performance to beat a very good side.

“That was as well as we have batted as a team all season. David Clarke was immense and Joe Dawborn’s performance with the ball was just different class.

“We’ve come through a tough run of games unscathed and now we need to pile the pressure on Rushden by stringing some wins together.

“We are half-way through the league after Saturday’s match and we tend to finish a season strongly so I fancy our chances of catching them.

“We don’t know much about Geddington, but the fact that we are playing a new team on a new ground should help with motivation.

“It can get stale playing the same people at the same places every year, but that won’t be a problem this weekend.”

Town have named an unchanged team.