Town will pile on the pressure in the second-half

Paul McMahon took 6-81 for Cambs. Picture: Pat Ringham
Paul McMahon took 6-81 for Cambs. Picture: Pat Ringham
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Peterborough Town skipper Lewis Bruce insists the pressure is now all on Northants Premier Division leaders Rushden after a fantastic day for the city club.

While Town were securing an 82-run win at Geddington last Saturday, Rushden - as well as third placed Finedon - were surprisingly held to draws.

As a result Town have reached the halfway point of the season just 10 points behind Rushden and Bruce now believes his side’s greater experience of a title push will be vital.

Town should win again this Saturday when they travel to lowly Wollaston, a team skittled for 65 by Horton House, a team who had started the day bottom of the league.

“We’ve been in this situation in each of the last three seasons,” Bruce said. “We know how win games down the stretch and we know how to win the title.

“Rushden are a very strong side, but this position is new to them. They’ve been top of the table for the whole season, but the pressure will only increase from now on.

“I think they have a vulnerable batting line-up that could cost them games. They are relying at the moment on one good player to get their runs, whereas we have lots of players capable of getting big scores.

“I know Asim Butt dominated our scorecard at Geddington, but he failed against Finedon the week before and we still reached 250.

“I’d be disappointed if we didn’t pick up another 30 points at Wollaston, but as always we will show them great respect.”

Butt was outstanding at Geddington, registering his first ton of the season and carrying his bat for 129 of Town’s 258-7.

Geddington were quickly reduced to 39-5 in reply, but recovered to post a respectable 176. Jamie Smith (4-52) was the pick of the Town bowlers.

Butt carried his good form into Cambs’ Minor Counties win over Suffolk at March Town CC. Butt scored 39 and 50 (39 balls) in Cambs’ 80-run win.

Town fast bowler Joe Dawborn, who started a three-day game for Northants seconds against Durham yesterday, took 5-21 as Suffolk were bowled out for 45 in their first innings. Town’s Paul McMahon (6-81) bowled well in the Suffolk second innings.

Sam Rippington (4-18) of Wisbech had a decent game and there was a first half century at this level for Nassington’s Dan Robinson as Cambs secured their first Eastern Division win.