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Market Deeping Cricket Club defeat Sleaford to move into fifth place in the Lincolnshire Premier League

A five-star bowling display from Shahzad Amir helped Market Deeping move into the top five of the Lincolnshire Premier League standings after victory in a low-scoring clash with Sleaford on Saturday.

Amir took 5-18 from a 10-over spell that also included three maidens as Sleaford were shot out for just 47 at London Road.

Ali Sharp and Alex Green also took two wickets apiece as a brilliant bowling display ensured Deeping defended their total of 120.

James Hook. (47706814)
James Hook. (47706814)

They had been put into bat by Sleaford and, with the exception of skipper James Hook, found runs hard to come by.

Hook hit half of his side's total to top score with 60 - which included five fours and a six - while Josh Smith struck 17.

Jack Martin and Sharp added some vital runs lower down the order with 15 and 11 respectively as Deeping managed to bat for nearly 43 overs.

Cameron Hall was the pick of the Sleaford attack with 3-19 from seven overs while Sam Burrows bagged 2-5 from four and Joe Peck 2-16 off 5.3.

Sleaford would probably have fancied their chances of chasing down the target but they were soon reeling on 19-3 as Amir struck twice and Sharp once.

Kieran Harbron - batting at number four - was the only Sleaford player to reach double figures as Deeping's attack dominated.

Sleaford stumbled to 38-5 before losing their next four wickets for just one run.

Harbron was trapped leg before by Green who then bowled Burrows four balls later.

Dave Sargeant safely held onto a catch to dismiss Matthew Wing off the bowling of Amir who then bowled Hall fifth ball.

Amir then trapped Scott Tite leg before first ball to leave Deeping on the brink of a superb success.

Drew Harbron and Peck did add a further eight runs for the last wicket but the inevitable defeat arrived when Smith had the former caught by Hook with his fourth delivery of the match to secure the win which moved Deeping up into fifth spot ahead of this weekend's trip to Boston.

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