NORTHANTS LEAGUE: Peterborough Town back on track after a nerve-jangler

Peterborough Town came through a nerve-jangler of a finish to get their Northants Premier Division title challenge back on track yesterday (June 17).

Sunday, 18th June 2017, 9:49 am
Updated Monday, 19th June 2017, 12:46 pm
Asim Butt top scored with 44 for Peterborough Town at Northampton Saints.

Town claimed a first win in four matches with a one-wicket triumph at Northampton Saints, but such is the topsy-turvey nature of the competition this season, they are now within 11 points of top spot.

Make no mistake this was a crucial win, for morale as well as league position. At half-time, facing a Saints total of 187 on a turning pitch, and with Northants staff member Saif Zaib in the home side, Town knew they would face a battle to get home, but a long batting line-up eventually saw them to victory.

Town crashed from 117-2 to 127-7, but a half century stand between Paul McMahon (34) and Chris Milner (24) turned the game back in the city’s side favour.

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McMahon departed with 10 required and Milner was dismissed with just two needed, but last pair Mohammed Danyaal and Dan Oldham scrambled a bye to seal the much-needed win.

Town were grateful McMahon was given time off from his ICC duties at the Champions Trophy as he bagged 4-63 in the Saints innings.

Nine Saints wickets fell to spin with Lewis Bruce (3-42) and Oldham (2-19) also bowling well.

Town now face another big game at home to fifth-placed Finedon next Saturday (June 24).

SCOREBOARDS

Saints

S. Zaib lbw Bruce 48

J. Mousley lbw Dawborn 9

H. Adair lbw McMahon 6

J. Collins c Mitchell b McMahon 20

A. Babar c Danyaal b McMahon 40

E. Patterson b McMahon 0

J. Turner c Clarke b Oldham 20

L. Bligh c Danyaal b Bruce 7

J. Maqsood ht wkt b Bruce 8

N. Bell lbw Oldham 1

M. Odedra not out 1

Extras 26

TOTAL 186

Bowling: J. Dawborn 9-2-28-1; M. Danyaal 5-0-28-0; P. McMahon 15-1-63-4; L. Bruce 10-0-44-3; D. Oldham 8-0-19-2.

Town

A. Butt c Mousley b Odedra 44

D. Clarke c Bligh b Maqsood 8

K. Judd lbw Odedra 23

A. Mitchell c Blight b Zaib 29

L. Bruce lbw Zaib 0

S. Howard c Mousley b Odedra 5

P. McMahon c Bligh b Adair 34

J. Dawborn c Bligh b Zaib 0

C. Milner b Adair 24

M. Danyaal not out 2

D. Oldham not out 0

Extras 17

TOTAL (9 wkts) 187

Bowling: N. Bell 5-0-29-0; S. Maqsood 4-0-15-1; S. Zaib 15-1-41-3; M. Odedra 15-4-56=3; H. Adair 6-1-24-2; J. Mousley 5-0-15-0.

Peterborough Town have been drawn at home to Northampton Saints in the quarter-finals of the Northants Twenty/20 Cup.

The winners will contest finals days at the Northampton County Ground.