Peterborough Town’s Northants Premier Division title challenge fizzled out in dismal fashion today (September 9).
Town were beaten by six wickets at soggy Finedon which coupled with a quickfire demolition of Oundle by Old Northamptonians wrecked the city side’s challenge with a game to spare.
ONs need a token point from their final game at second-placed Rushton to retain their title. Town could catch Rushton and make it six top two finishes in a row, but they wanted that little bit more from a summer which has seen one of the more dramatic races for top spot of recent seasons.
Town were inserted on a track that proved difficult for batsmen against accurate bowling and once in-form openers Asim Butt and David Clarke fell, only Lewis Bruce (22) threatened to make a score.
Town were dismissed for 103 in 46 overs and two balls, a scoring rate the home side, and in particular opener Callum Berrill, made look very ordinary.
Berrill cracked 53 at such a rate a 3-43 burst from Joe Dawborn never looked like becoming relevant.
Finedon eased home, after a couple of rain delays, by six wickets with almost eight overs to spare. It was just Town’s third defeat of a campaign which finishes at home to Geddington next Saturday (September 16).
Any hopes Town had of a favour from neighbours Oundle disappeared with the team sheet and then the toss.
Oundle were missing numerous regulars and were blown away by recent high-class ONs recruit Gareth Wade who bagged 7-27 as the home side collapsed to 67 all out.
ONs knocked those runs off in under eight overs, although Oundle’s Bash Hussain did take a wicket, his 50th of a personal best Premier Division season.
A. Butt b Hodgson 8
D. Clarke lbw Carroll 11
K. Judd c Berrill b Hodgson 7
L. Bruce c Hodgson b Keeping 22
P. McMahon b Carroll 8
H. Atapattu lbw Goode 3
J. Dawborn c Berrill b Keeping 2
S. Howard b Hodgson 8
C. Milner b Carroll 5
M. Danyaal not out 12
J. Smith c Keeping b Goode 0
Bowling: E. Hodgson 15-3-25-3; J. Smith 7-1-16-0; J. Carroll 12-4-33-3; C. Goode 8.2-1-16-2; J. Keeping 4-1-8-2.
C. Berrill b Danyaal 53
S. davis c Milner b Dawborn 6
J. Keeping lbw Dawborn 1
J. Brierley not out 15
G. Hofbauer c McMahon b Dawborn 4
G. Evans not out 7
TOTAL (4 wkts) 107
Bowling: J. Dawborn 10-0-43-3; J. Smith 7-2-17-0; M. Danyaal 4.2-0-33-1; L. Bruce 2-0-12-0.
OUNDLE lost to OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS by 9 wkts
Oundle 67 (M. Hodgson 21, G. Wade 7-27, R. White 3-11).
ONs 68-1 (R. Kaufman 26no, R. White 21no).