Deeping up to second after a narrow victory

Chris Jones of Market Deeping.
Chris Jones of Market Deeping.
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Chris Jones top-scored as he returned to the Market Deeping team following his tour of Finland with the MCC.

The Deeping opener hit seven fours in his total of 39 as he got back into the swing of club cricket after the trip of a lifetime in Finland.

He said: “The trip was a great experience and I am so proud to be a playing member of the MCC.

“I scored 17 in the first T20 game and then 65 in our 40-over match, but batted down the order in the other two matches.

“Chris Dring (of Spalding) scored 41 and 30 in the two matches he batted in so it was a good tour for local clubs, especially as Peter Clubb (the umpire who is a member of Market Deeping) was also there.

“It was an honour to be invited and I like to think we were good ambassadors.”

Jones opened the batting with Jamie Morgan on Saturday and the pair enjoyed a partnership of 46 before the latter fell for 25.

Jones was next to fall with the score on 72 but David Sargeant produced a season’s best knock of 35 as Deeping reached 187 for nine which just proved enough for victory.

They bowled Billingborough out with 16 balls to spare as the hosts fell 15 runs shy of Deeping’s total.

Nathan Mill, who had taken taken the valuable wickets of Jones and Morgan, also weighed in with 40 runs as Billingborough made a spirited reply.

Angus Youles also impressed with his first five-wicket haul of the Lincs Premier season but Billingborough are still looking for their first victory of the campaign.

Lee Peacock was the pick of the Deeping bowlers, his match-clinching dismissal of Roy Tilley being his fourth wicket of the match.

Jackson Andrews and Mehul Adatia shared the other Billingborough wickets with three apiece while skipper David Gillett took three catches.

The victory moved them up to second place ahead of Saturday’s trip to leaders Bourne, who paid the price for poor fielding at home to Bracebridge Heath.

The visitors managed a winning draw as ten dropped catches proved costly for Bourne.

Bracebridge skipper Paul Cook and Vikram Atri put on 105 for the first wicket, the latter finally going for 60.

Brett Houston then hit an unbeaten 105 with Craig Schlebusch finishing on 60 not out as Bracebridge finished on 308 for two.

That was always going to be a tough order for Bourne but they did at least manage three half-centuries in their total of 250 for six.

Skipper Pete Morgan (68), Carl Wilson (69 not out) and Jack Berry (55not out) impressed in a match where the batsmen had the upper hand.

Normal duty was resumed as far as Spalding’s opening batsmen are concerned.

Thivanka Rajaratne (82) and Warren Nell (72) both scored half-centuries as Spalding put on 137 for the opening wicket.

That fine stand was much welcomed after a below-par display from the pair last time out and it raised hopes of a return to winning ways for Rob Ambrose’s side.

But 137 for one became 137 for three as Josh Newton and Ben Smith both went for ducks.

Spalding ended on 237 for eight which should have been enough against the basement boys.

Sadly they just failed to pick up the full 20 points as they couldn’t take the final Rasen wicket, the visitors ending on 181 for nine.

Rajaratne followed his fine form with the bat with a solid display in the field, taking two catches, while Jack Barratt picked up four wickets.