Captain David Gillett cracked a century on his 46th birthday to set up a 117-run win for Market Deeping over Market Rasen in the Lincs Premier Division at Outgang Road today (May 16).
Gillett, batting at number three, was eventually dismissed for 104 as Deeping reached 241-9 from their 50 overs. Teenager Alex Wheatley (43) also batted well before Meli Adatia (22) chipped in with useful runs down the order.
But Adatia really shone with the ball claiming 5-17 as Rasen were shot out for 124. South African slow bowler Emile Kriek collected two wickets as Deeping completed a second win in five matches.
It promises to be a tight title race this season and certainly reigning champions Bourne are currently finding it tougher than last summer.
Bourne suffered a shock defeat at Grimsby last weekend (May 9) and although they performed better at the Abbey Lawns against Woodhall Spa today they had to settle for a losing draw.
Bourne’s day started badly when fast bowler Colin Cheer, the leader of their bowling attack, picked up an injury in the warm-up during a game of football and after delivering just 18 balls he left the field and travelled to Boston hospital for a check-up.
Woodhall’s batsmen promptly made hay with openers Jack Hughes (81) and Jack Luffman (50) adding 99 for the first wicket and when the latter departed following a fine catch from Rob Bentley, former Sri Lankan Test player Malinga Bandara shuffled to the crease.
Bandara didn’t display too many signs of sheer class, but he strolled to 71 before he was well held on the boundary by Ben Stroud from the bowling of Martin Shillito. Woodhall’s strong start threatened a score of 300, but Bourne dragged it back towards the end of the innings with the visitors closing on 272-6.
Bourne fancied their chances of a successful run-chase on an excellent batting surface and the Stroud brothers Ben and Archie delivered a fine start with 60 arriving from the first 10 overs and the partnership reaching 83 before Ben was dismissed for 30 in Bandara’s first over.
The switch to spin intially slowed Bourne, who weren’t helped when dangerman Conrad Louth was well snaffled in the deep for 19, but skipper Pete Morgan played superb cameo innings of 52 from 38 balls. While the captain was in, a Bourne win looked a possibility, but he fell to a catch by a shrewdly-placed leg slip after trying one reverse sweep too many.
Sadly Archie Stroud fell soon afterwards (after compiling a steady 58, his first half-century at Premier Division level), and once Carl Wilson fell for 28, Bourne were forced to settle for a draw at 228-8. Cheer had by then returned to the Abbey Lawns and was ready to bat if needed.
Spalding’s poor start to the season was officially downgraded to dismal after a 257-run hammering at Grantham today. That’s five defeats from five games for Spalding and this one must have hurt as Grantham hadn’t previously won a game this summer.
But an opening stand of 179 from Karanjit Bansal and Daniel Webb set Grantham up for a huge score of 326-6. Bansal made 148 and Webb 92 before Spalding were shot out for 69 with only Ben Smith (22) showing any real stubbornness.
BOURNE drew with WOODHALL SPA
Woodhall Spa 272-6 (J. Hughes 81, M. Bandara 71, J. Luffman 50, R. Lovelace 37, M. Shillito 3-98).
Bourne 225-8 (A. Stroud 58, P. Morgan 52, B. Stroud 30, C. Wilson 28, M. Bandara 4-64).
MARKET DEEPING beat MARKET RASEN by 117 runs
Market Deeping 241-9 (D. Gillett 104, A. Wheatley 43, M. Adatia 23).
Market Rasen 124 (M. Adatia 5-17, E. Kriek 2-28).
GRANTHAM beat SPALDING by 257 runs
Grantham 326-6 (K. Bansal 148, D. Webb 92, W. Nel 3-55, C. Kearns 2-63).
Spalding 69 (B. Smith 22, N. Stevenson 5-30, J. Peck 5-39).