NORTHANTS LEAGUE: Title celebrations on hold after Town washout
Old Northamptonians' Northants Premier Division title celebrations were put on hold for a week after rain washed out their match at Peterborough Town after just 30 overs yesterday (September 3).
It was frustrating for Town who had batted briskly to reach 122-3 against a team now unbeaten in 20 league matches.
Town skipper David Clarke withdrew from the game because of illness, but openers Asim Butt and Ajaz Akhtar gave the city side a solid start.
Butt went on to make a fine 61 (eight fours) before falling to a disputed lbw decision just before play was abandoned.
The visitors require a maximum of eight points from their final two matches to win the league.
Town effectively compete in a winner-takes-all game for second place at Finedon next Saturday (September 10).
A. Butt lbw Pedal 61
A. Akhtar b Pedal 18
A. Mitchell lbw White 10
K. Judd not out 19
M. Howard not out 9
TOTAL (3 wkts) 122
Bowling: T. Heathfield 11-1-49-0; T. Pedal 11-1-40-2; R. White 6-0-17-1; W. Heathfield 2-0-16-0.
Oundle’s match at Rushton lasted just 13 overs and four balls with the home side 42-2 when the bad weather arrived.
Recent signing from Finedon Primesh Patel claimed the prize wicket of Northants staff member James Kettleborough in that time. Captain Bashrat Hussain also picked up a wicket.