It’s a sign of the expectations at Peterborough Town that second place in the Northants Premier Division will feel like a failure.
That’s the most likely fate for the city side who lost for the third time in five games yesterday (September 5) as the Old Northamptonians cantered to a seven-wicket win at Bretton Gate.
Town had little chance of catching unbeaten leaders Rushden before this game. Those hopes are all but extinguished as Rushden need just two points from two matches to seal the title and end Town’s three-year reign as champions.
Not for the first time this season Town’s top order laboured against quality seam bowling. The city side lost half their side for 96, before recovering to 181-9 in their 55 overs. A last-wicket stand between teenager Danny Mohammed (23no) and Kieran Jones of 27 pushed to to a third batting point.
Asim Butt (36) and Tim Young (40) were the Town top scorers, but neither went on to make the big individual score that would have put a telented visiting batting line-up under pressure.
And for once Town’s high-class bowling attack couldn’t rescue the situation. Quickie Joe Dawborn did claim his 66th wicket of an outstanding personal season early on, but wickets for spinners Paul McMahon and Lewis Bruce arrived too late to make a difference
Town will clinch second-place with a win at third-placed Finedon next Saturday (September 12). Finedon were surprise losers to relegation-threatened Horton House yesterday.
D. Clarke c Reid b T. Heathfield 19
L. Bruce cand b T. Heathfield 6
A. Butt c and b Webb 36
M. Howard c Waite b W. Heathfield 4
T. Young lbw Kaufman 40
P. McMahon b Webb 3
D. Sayer c White b T. Heathfield 8
C. Milner c T. Heathfield b Kaufman 10
J. Dawborn c Reid b White 22
M. Danyaal not out 24
K. Jones not out 3
TOTAL (9 wkts) 181
Bowling; T. Webb 17-7-44-2; T. Heathfield 13-1-46-3; W. Heathfield 5-0-19-1; R. Kaufman 15-2-53-2; R. White 5-1-13-1.
R. Kaufman lbw Dawborn 10
R. White c Butt b Bruce 47
D. Waite c Jones b McMahon 57
Z. Khawaja not out 41
T. Webb not out 16
TOTAL (3 wkts) 184
Bowling: J. Dawborn 12-1-62-1; D. Sayer 4-1-20-0; P. McMahon 15.3-1-53-1; L. Bruce 7-0-28-1; K. Jones 1-0-12-0.
Oundle were surprisingly beaten by four wickets at lowly Stony Stratford.
Oundle rallied from 100-5 to post 209-7, but the home side reached their target with over four overs to spare thanks to a 139-run fifth-wicket stand.
Oundle 209-7 (C. Greaves 48, R. Cunningham 41no, A. Martin 27, P. Adams 24, P. Jeftha 21, P. Foster 20, A. Strong 4-40).
Stony Stratford 212-6 (N. Allen 70, W. Fernando 65, B. Hussain 4-41, J. Charlton 2-23).