Frustrated Deeping must stop Kiwi ace

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Market Deeping come up against the best player in the Lincs Premier League on Saturday with captain David Gillett keen to make up for last weekend.

Gillett’s frustration at letting a winning position slip in the top-of-the-table clash at Bourne on Saturday turned to anger over what he perceived as an unfair advantage gained by March in the Jaidka Cup semi-final a day later.

He hopes Deeping will take out their frustration on reigning champions Sleaford on Saturday.

Former New Zealand international Tim McIntosh stands in their way and the Kiwi broke the league record last year with 1,203 runs.

He already has 518 runs from eight innings this term and has hit two centuries.

“I keep telling my players it only takes one ball to get him out,” said Gillett of the all-rounder who has also taken 22 wickets this year – the fourth best in the league.

McIntosh, who also tops the league’s statistics for catches with nine, will be a big threat to a Deeping side who are not at full strength.

Their own all-rounder Tom Andrews is teaching, Alex Wheatley is on holiday and Jackson Andrews is unavailable but Gillett will be keen to make amends for last week.

He added: “It was a very frustrating weekend.

“We should have beaten Bourne but I dropped Carl Wilson (who went on to make a century) early on and Jamie Morgan also dropped him when he was on 38.

“Rob Bentley was dropped twice and I’m convinced Mehul Adatia fell to a third bouncer in the over when you are only allowed to have two, so it should have been a no-ball.

“I was unhappy about Sunday as March used a two-piece ball with no quarter-seam and they can swing around corners.

“We used a four-piece ball and it wasn’t a level playing field.

“They had beaten the favourites, Peterborough Town, and they knocked out the holders, Wisbech, before they played us but I am convinced we would have comfortably reached our target had they bowled with the same type of ball as us.

“I am sure the committee will think long and hard about it for next year.

“Their only rule is that we must use a pink ball but we should all be playing on a level playing field.”