Market Deeping skipper Dave Gillett admitted he was ‘shell-shocked’ by his team’s 151-run defeat to Sleaford on the opening day of the Lincs Premier Division season (April 18).
Deeping, not for the first time, were on the wrong end of a withering late attack form former New Zealand Test batsman Tim McIntosh who finished on 148 not out at Outgang Road.
The Kiwi’s brutal assault took Sleaford from 116-5 from 38 overs to 265-6 in 50 overs. That’s 149 runs from the final 12 overs thanks to a flurry of sixes which travelled in all directions. It was McIntosh’ third ton in five innings against Deeping in the last three seasons.
Gillett said: “That’s what having a Test batsman in your side can do. I was shell-shocked to be honest because we had dominated the first three quarters of their innings. We bowled well at McIntosh early on, but just couldn’t get him out. I’m sick of the sight of him to be hobest. Some of the sixes he hit were still rising as they reached the boundary.”
Worcestershire Academy fast bowler Patrick Brown conceded just 22 runs from his first 11 overs before he was despatched for 53 from his final three.
The late assault clearly bothered Deeping as they crashed to 114 in reply.
There were no such worries for reigning champions Bourne who despatched last season’s runners-up Lincoln by eight wickets at the Abbey Lawns.
Tom Bentley’s 4-51 helped check decent Lincoln progress following two early wickets for Bourne debutant Martin Shillito. The visitors were eventually dismissed for 182.
That score proved inadequate thanks to a quickfire unbeaten 73 from Rob Bentley and and undefeated 58 from Conrda Louth, a player who was supposedly out of action with a broken hand.
“Conrad’s hand is broken, hence three dropped catches,” claimed a Bourne spokesman, “but he was pressed into action as we were a couple of players short.”
Bentley’s innings occupied just 57 balls and included 15 boundaries as Bourne raced home in just 32 overs and one ball.
Spalding looked in good shape for most of their game at home to Woodhall Spa, but the visitors eventually won by four wickets.
Warren Nel (48) led a steady Spalding batting effort as they posted 218-5 from their 50 overs and they then took wickets regularly enough to expect victory.
But they couldn’t get Ricky Lovelace out and his unbeaten ton steered Woodhall home with an over to spare.
LINCS PREMIER DIVISION
BOURNE beat LINCOLN by 8 wkts
Lincoln 182 (W. Wright 50, T. Bentley 4-51, C. Cheer 2-39, M. Shillito 2-60).
Bourne 184-2 (R. Bentley 73no, C. Louth 58no, A. Stroud 36).
MARKET DEEPING lost to SLEAFORD by 151 runs
Sleaford 265-6 (T. McIntosh 148no, E. Kriek 3-78).
Market Deeping 114 (A, Wheatley 23).
SPALDING lost to WOODHALL SPA by 4 wkts
Spalding 218-5 (W. Nel 48, B. Smith 43, T. Norris 37.)
Woodhall Spa 220-6 (Lovelace 102no).