Deeping clinch victory with two balls to spare

Market Deeping skipper Dave Gillett
Market Deeping skipper Dave Gillett
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Market Deeping were the only team to beat the weather in the Lincs Premier on Saturday and they were rewarded with a last-gasp victory over Lindum.

Lee Peacock took the final Lindum wicket as Dave Gillett’s side got home with just two balls to spare.

The match was reduced to 30 overs per side and, having been put in to bat, Deeping lost Jamie Morgan early on with the score on just six.

Gillett, batting higher in the order than usual as experienced opener Chris Jones was on tour in Finland with the MCC, went with the score on 22, but Mehul Adatia was batting solidly.

He formed a useful partnership with Tom Andrews before falling for 20 and David Sargeant then went for a duck to leave the hosts on 58 for four.

Andrews top-scored with 43 as Deeping reached 111 for nine and that proved enough as the hosts began well with the ball.

The visitors’ first wicket fell with the score on 14 and the Lincoln side soon found themselves teetering on 54 for four with two wickets apiece for Andrews and Adatia.

That worsened to 67 for eight but Lindum refused to give in and they were just 12 runs shy of their target when they lost their ninth wicket.

They needed ten runs off the final over but Peacock ended their resistance as Deeping won by seven runs to pick up 15 points and move up to third.

Adatia finished with four wickets while Andrews weighed in with three.

n Bourne, who saw their Lincs Premier match at Louth beaten by the weather on Saturday, face Barnack in the quarter-finals of the Jaidka Cup tonight.

The winners will take on Nassington 24 hours later.

Market Deeping will play Khalsa in their delayed quarter-final tomorrow, hoping to set up a semi-final clash with March who accounted for holders Wisbech.