Butt brilliance wins knockout cup for Peterborough

Peterborough celebrate a Horton wicket during their semi-final success
Peterborough celebrate a Horton wicket during their semi-final success

The brilliance of Asim Butt powered Peterborough Town to an emphatic 10-wicket win over local rivals Oundle Town in the final of the Hevey NCL Twenty Cup at the County Ground.

Butt was good in Peterborough’s demolition of Horton House in the semi-final, but that blistering unbeaten knock of 69 was just the warm up.

Oundle had cracked 79 from their final 10 overs to post a respectable 120-8 in their 20 overs on a lifeless wicket, but Butt made that total look completely insignificant.

The English-qualified Pakistani hammered two sixes and 12 fours in an innings of 81 not out which took up just 41 balls. It was breath-taking stuff and far too good for an Oundle side missing their all-star all-rounder Petrus Jeftha.

David Clarke offered Butt sensible support and finished unbeaten on 27 as Town sauntered to victory in the 13th over - all three matches finished in the 13th over which hinted at a gulf in class.

Butt predictably won the man-of-the-match award in the final and what a day he enjoyed. He scored 150 runs from just 83 balls in two innings.

Peterborough dominated the final from the first over when Ajaz Akhtar dismissed Oundle’s semi-final hero Alex Martin in the first over with the help of a fine running catch by Paul McMahon.

Joe Dawborn was too quick and accurate for the Oundle top order and claimed a wicket-maiden (Rob Sayer also produced a rare Twenty/20 wicket-maiden in the semi-final) on his way to outstanding figures of 1-8 from four overs.

Oundle limped to 41-3 in 10 overs, but Rick Andrew, who scratched around for a large part of his 19-over innings, plugged away for 47 and Steve Brooks hit paceman Jamie Smith for successive sixes in the 18th over.

After such a poor start 120 wasn’t a bad effort, but the way Butt batted twice as many might not have been enough.

Peterborough Town and Oundle have now won the last four finals between them. Town, who lost just one wicket all day, now move onto the Midlands Finals in Nottinghamshire on August 11.