Peterborough Town aim to play the role of party poopers on successive Saturdays and Market Deeping superstar completes a stunning all-round season

Hayatullah Niazi bowling for Market Deeping.Hayatullah Niazi bowling for Market Deeping.
Hayatullah Niazi bowling for Market Deeping.
​Peterborough Town will try and play the role of party poopers for the second successive Saturday.

Town put a spoke in Brigstock’s Northants Premier Division title charge last saturday with a five-wicket win in a low-scoring game.

That meant reigning champions Finedon moved back to the top, but the last-day fixtures send them to Bretton Gate to face Town this Saturday (September 16, 11am).

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A win for Town and a Brigstock success at home to Old Northamptonians would mean an unexpected first title success for a team boasting ex-Bretton Gate stars Asim Butt and Mohammed Danyaal.

Nick Green batting for Peterborough Town. Photo: David Lowndes.Nick Green batting for Peterborough Town. Photo: David Lowndes.
Nick Green batting for Peterborough Town. Photo: David Lowndes.

All-rounder Nick Green, who has enjoyed an excellent first full season at Town, carries the biggest threat to Finedon. Green returned career best figures of 6-19 at Brigstock which included a hat-trick from the last three balls of the innings as the hosts were skittled for 100.

Town eased to victory in 25 overs with opener Josh Smith finishing unbeaten on 38.

The city side, who are set to finish a disappointing fourth, should be at full strength this Saturday.

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Oundle Town’s excellent season looks set to end without a trophy.

They have a mathematical chance of finishing top, but they would need Brigstock and Finedon to lose, and for the latter to pick up no more than one point.

Oundle, who host Geddington on Saturday, won their penultimate match by six wickets at relegation favourites Overstone Park.

Not for the first time this season Conor Craig was the star of the show claiming 6-17 as Overstone were bowled out for 127, although Patrick Harrington had to whack a quickfire 54 (32 balls) to get Oundle home after they’d slipped to 34-4.

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LINCS PREMIER DIVISON​Market Deeping’s brilliant all-rounder Hayatullah Niazi finished his season in spectacular style.

​Niazi crashed 149 from just 86 balls as Deeping piled up 362-4 in 50 overs against Spalding at Outgang Road.

The Norwegian international struck 11 sixes and 14 fours. His first 50 arrived in a relatively sedate 49 balls, but his next 50 took just 19 balls.

Spalding batted solidly in reply finishing on 268-6 after Niazi had taken two early wickets. Nilantha Atappattu made 83 for Spalding with Josh Lawrence finishing on 67 not out.

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It was Niazi’s second ton of the season and he scored 606 Premier Division runs at a strike rate of just over 132!

Niazi will also take the most wickets in the competition for the second season in a row. He finished with 47 victims at 13.34 runs apiece, nine more than any other bowler.

Deeping have finished their season and will finish fifth. Spalding, who are eighth, finish at Grimsby on Saturday when fourth-placed Bourne entertain Nettleham (11.30am).