JAIDKA CUP FINAL: Town out to save their season
Peterborough Town's season is on the line in tonight's Jaidka Cup Final replay at Bretton Gate (July 11, 6pm).
Town host Bourne knowing this is their sole chance of landing a trophy this summer. That’s an unusual situation in July for a side used to challenging for the Northants Premier Division title.
But that dream disappeared with a miserable defeat at Wollaston on Saturday (July 9). Town were also thumped by Nassington in Rutland Division One yesterday (July 10) to leave them stranded in mid-table and their Northants Twenty/20 Cup campaign lasted just one match when they were well beaten by the 10-men of Rushton.
The Jaidka Cup has been a little lower on the priority list for Town in recent seasons - they haven’t won it since defeating Nassington in the 2012 final - but it’s assumed great importance now.
“Realistically it’s our best chance of a trophy so we will be fired up,” Town skipper David Clarke said. “We were bad at Wollaston on Saturday so we need to bounce back from that.
“It’s a tough game for us though. Bourne showed us how dangerous they can be in the first final a couple of weeks ago.”
That match was rained off when delicately poised, but the teams will start afresh tonight with different teams if required.
There’s a smattering of players more used to second team cricket in the Town line-up as senior players Ajaz Akhtar, Tim Young, David Sayer, Alex Mitchell and Jamie Smith are all absent.
Bourne have been extremely successful at Twenty/20 cricket in recent seasons and will fancy their chances, especially with their power hitting against an inexperienced bowling attack.
Captain Peter Morgan, who has two Twenty/20 tons to his name this season already, is Bourne’s obvious dangerman.
But Bourne have strengthened since the original tie with Lincs Minor Counties wicket-keeper/batsman Carl Wilson in action as well as fast bowler Colin Cheer.
Peterborough Town: D. Clarke, L. Bruce, A. Butt, C. Milner, R. Kendall, S. Howard, M. Howard, B. Ganesan, J. Dawborn, D. Oldham, M. Danyaal.
Bourne: P. Morgan, R. Bentley, T. Bentley, J. Berry, T. Dixon, M. Collins, C. Cheer, C. Wilson, A. Stroud, B. Keast, R. Dunn.