Victory for Market Deeping but defeat for Bourne in the Lincolnshire Premier League
A superb six-wicket haul from helped Market Deeping record their fourth successive Lincolnshire Premier League win on Saturday.
Niazi took 6-23 off 10 terrific overs as bottom-of-the-table Skegness were bowled out for 81 in pursuit of Deeping’s 176.
The visitors had been put into bat after Skegness won the toss and were reeling on 59-6 as Joshua Greeff, Andrew Sylvester, Jamie Epton and Vineeth Venugopalan got among the wickets.
Greeff grabbed the wicket of Josh Smith for 13 while Epton collected his second catch off the bowling of Sylvester to oust Connor Gillett for nine.
Epton then had Dave Sargeant caught by Ethan Garner for 10 while Ashar Hafeez sent a Venugopalan delivery to George Gregory when on 12.
Deeping skipper James Hook made just four before being caught and bowled by Epton while Joe Malton lasted only seven deliveries before edging a Venugopalan delivery behind to wicket-keeper Tom Adlington.
Zeeshan Manzoor then decided to take matters into his own hands with a rapid knock which proved crucial to the Deeping cause.
Manzoor hit eight fours and a six in his 62 off 57 balls as the lower order rallied with a strong show of support.
Khuram Mehrban made 12, Matt Mills added 10 before Niazi scored 26 in a 36-run stand for the ninth wicket with Manzoor.
Epton and Venugopalan both finished with three wickets apiece for Skegness who made an enterprising start in their reply.
Gregory (21) and Carl Abbiss (13) put on 36 for the first wicket until Niazi bowled the latter to open his account for the afternoon.
Kester Sainsbury – who was back in the Deeping ranks after playing in Australia for the England learning disability squad – then claimed his first wicket before Niazi took centre stage.
He took the next five wickets to fall as Skegness slumped to 65-7 which soon became 75-8 when Sylvester was run out by Sainsbury for two.
Greeff offered some resistance with a stubborn 15 from 37 balls before he was caught by wicket-keeper Sargeant off Mills.
Mehrban then wrapped up the win by bowling Luke Turner as Deeping maintained eighth place in the table ahead of this weekend’s home clash with 10th-placed Louth.
Bourne slipped to their first defeat of the Lincolnshire Premier League campaign after a surprise four-wicket defeat at Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The reigning champions were bowled out for 128 after electing to bat first with Scunthorpe taking less than 24 overs to reach the required target.
The home side's opening attack of Jamar Ifill (4-29) and Tom Giles (3-21) enjoyed plenty of early success against the Bourne top order.
Openers Sam Evison and Jordan Temple fell for eight and 13 respectively while Ben Wright made 10 and Jonny Cheer seven as the visitors slumped to 44-4.
Carl Wilson (36) and Pete Morgan (34) tried to rally the visitors with a 64-run stand for the fifth wicket.
But, once Morgan fell to Lennon Ward (3-21), the rest of the Bourne batting offered little resistance.
Rob Bentley, Courtney Kruger, Brandon Diplock and Freddie Arlott all fell cheaply as Ifill returned to the home attack to rip through the bottom half of the Bourne batting.
Diplock and Bentley did take an early wicket each in the Scunthorpe reply to leave the visitors on 13-2.
However, Henry Wilson (18) and man of the match Ifill (69) put on 90 runs for the third wicket to steer Scunthorpe closer to victory.
Ifill smashed seven fours and four sixes in his 39-ball innings before being caught by Wilson off the bowling of Colin Cheer.
Cheer claimed 2-32 from seven overs and Diplock took 3-43 from 9.3 overs but, despite a mid-order wobble, Savraj Nijjar and Giles guided Scunthorpe to their sixth league win of the season.
Despite the defeat, Bourne remain five points clear at the top of the table ahead of this weekend's crunch clash at second-placed Sleaford.