Peterborough Town out to right a wrong against big rivals at Bretton Gate, King’s Keys or Market Deeping could go top of the table, big game at Castor

Josh Smith has scored two tons in the last three weeks for Peterborough Town.Josh Smith has scored two tons in the last three weeks for Peterborough Town.
Josh Smith has scored two tons in the last three weeks for Peterborough Town.
Last summer was a glorious one for Peterborough Town CC, apart from one miserable day.

Town hosted nearest challengers Finedon late in the Northants Premier Division season knowing a win would have clinched the title.

Instead the city were crushed by nine wickets and failed to pick up a single point leaving them with a nerve-jangling couple of weeks before top spot was finally sealed.

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And tomorrow they can right a wrong as Finedon are back at Bretton Gate (August 22, 11am).

“It wasn’t a good day when we hosted Finedon last season,” Town skipper David Clarke admitted.

“But to be fair we didn’t have many bad ones and we played extremely well when we won at Finedon earlier in the summer. The bad home performance is certainly something we want to put right this weekend, although we will need to be at our best against a very good side.

“They have lost a couple of players from last season and they started this summer slowly, but they have hit some form in recent weeks so it should be a great game as we are also playing well.

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“I can’t believe we aren’t top as we are the only unbeaten side in the competition, but it’s just about finishing in the top four of the mini league and guaranteeing a home draw in the first play-off match.”

Town lost top spot as their game at Rushden last weekend was abandoned with Clarke’s men in a dominant position.

That’s the second time Town have been frustrated by the weather this season whereas new leaders Geddington have completed all five of their fixtures.

Town finish their short league season against Geddington at Bretton Gate on August 29 before the play-offs start the following weekend.

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Leading Cambs Division Two sides Castor and Orton Park clash at Port Lane tomorrow (12.30pm).

On Sunday (August 23) King’s Keys can jump to the top of Rutland Division One with victory at Oundle Town (noon start).

Keys are currently second after a nine-wicket rout of March Town last weekend, but leaders Peterborough Town are without a game this Sunday.

If Keys slip up Market Deeping could also go top with a win at Uffington.

Main weekend fixtures

Saturday, August 22

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(11am) Northants Premier Division -Brixworth v Oundle Town, Peterborough Town v Finedon.

(Noon) Lincs Premier Division - Boston v Bourne, Market Deeping v Grantham.

(12.30pm) Cambs Division One - Cambridge St Giles v Wisbech Town, Histon v March Town.

Cambs Division Two: Castor v Orton Park, Wisbech Town 2nds v Ufford Park, Southill Park v AK 11.

Sunday, August 23

(Noon) Rutland Division One - March Town v Barnack, Oundle Town v King’s Keys. Uffington v Market Deeping, Wisbech Town v Burghley Park.

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