Test star Tanvir arrives to play in clash of NCL top two

Tanvir Ahmed
Tanvir Ahmed

There is no doubting the clash of the weekend as the top two go head to head in the Hevey Building Supplies Northamptonshire Cricket League.

Leaders Finedon Dolben make the trip to reigning champions Peterborough Town in what promises to be one of the games of the season.

Both sides are in decent form and the game will be given some added spice by the presence of a Pakistan Test player.

Tanvir Ahmed had to cut short a previous spell with Peterborough in 2010 as he was called up to the Pakistani Test squad for the first time at the age of 32.

He went on to claim top South African scalps in Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and AB De Villiers.

He’s taken 17 Test wickets in five appearances for Pakistan.

Tanvir last played Test cricket in February, but he’s agreed to play for one game tomorrow as cover for Town’s unavailable professional Paul McMahon.

Skipper Lewis Bruce said: “It’s such a big game against Finedon that we would be foolish to go into it without a professional.

“It’s not a must-win match because 37 points can easily be made up in this league, but it’s probably one we can’t afford to lose.

“Tanvir’s presence will obviously help, but we will need to bat better than we did last weekend.

“We suffered some unbelievably soft dismissals and got ourselves into a spot of trouble chasing a very low score.”

Meanwhile, Dolben captain Andy Daniels is just after his men to continue their good opening to the campaign.

He said: “They’re the champions so we’ll expect a tough game.

“I couldn’t ask for better in the way we’ve started, we’ve been very professional, and we need to keep doing what we’ve been doing.

“We’ve been quite consistent and everyone’s contributed and I want more of the same.”