Market Deeping skipper Dave Gillett admits he won’t get over the Lincs Premier Division defeat by leaders Bracebridge Heath last weekend in a hurry.
Deeping went down by 18 runs in a tense clash at Outgang Road after twice letting their visitors wriggle off the hook.
Bracebridge were 55-6 before recovering to 150 all-out and Deeping reached 71-2 only to lose their last eight wickets for 61.
Tom Andrews (17-7-41-4) bowled superbly for Deeping, while Chris Jones (55) contributed a classy 55 with the bat.
“A side with our batting strength should be capable of getting 150 against any team in the league,” Gillett moaned.
“Chris played well and we just needed two others to get 30 and the rest to play around them and we would have been home and dry.
“We could also have bowled them out for under 100, but they rode their luck a bit whereas when we batted every edge went to hand.
“It was a very disappointing defeat and one that will take some getting over.”
Third-placed Deeping are at Lincoln this Saturday. Out-of-form Bourne are at Bracebridge and rock-bottom Spalding travel to Louth who beat Bourne easily last weekend.
Oundle retained their Rutland Twenty/20 title in convincing fashion, beating Nassington by five wickets in their semi-final at Bretton Gate before hammering Peterborough Town by 50 runs in the final.
Alex Martin, Mark Hodgson and Callum Greaves all posted half centuries in the final with the latter finishing unbeaten on 54 from just 24 balls. Town had beaten Barnack in their semi-final.
Scores: Semi-finals: Barnack 133-7 (Z, Manzoor 56, ; Peterborough Town 134-4 (M. Howard 56, B. Ganasen 38). Nassington 153-7 (K. Ikhlaq 30, A. Scotcher 28, T. Norman 26, J. Charlton 2-29); Oundle 154-5 (P. Jeftha 48no, M. Hodgson 44, J. Bolsover 23, J. Pope 2-32).
Final: Oundle 187-4 (A. Martin 58, C. Greaves 54no, M. Hodgson 53, D. Oldham 2-34).Town 137-3 (D. Clarke 48, B. Ganesan 30no, M. Howard 22)