Market Deeping will have to tame the ‘Beast of Barnack’ if they are to win tonight’s (June 10, 6pm) Jaidka Cup semi-final.
Zeeshan Manzoor is the six-hitting sensation of local cricket. In three innings for Barnack and Oundle spread over just five days last week Manzoor cracked 301 runs from just 151 balls, a run of form that included 26 sixes!
He is the undoubted star attraction in tonight’s semi-final at Barnack, but there are plenty of other quality players on view.
Deeping skipper David Gillett, who returns to action after missing a Stamford KO Shield quarter-final win on Monday because of injury, said: “Zeeshan has a formidable record and will have to be contained, but we have match-winners in our side as well.
“Emile Kriek has been in great form in Twenty/20 cricket and he will enjoy the short boundaries towards the houses. If he comes off we will be capable of a big score.”
Deeping’s teenage fast bowler Patrick Brown’s tussle with Manzoor will be key. Brown is a member of the first-class county Worcestershire’s Academy and has been tipped for stardom by recent Deeping recruit Ajaz Akhtar.
Akhtar is cup-tied tonight as is Barnack’s Asim Butt.
The winners will play Nassington or Ramsey in the final at a venue to be decided on Wednesday, June 24. Nassington host Ramsey in the second semi-final on Wednesday, June 17.
The chosen charity of the Jaidka Cup for 2015 is the Multiple Sclerois Society.
There are also two delayed Stamford Charity Cup quarter-finals tonight as Ketton host Castor and Uppingham entertain King’s Keys.
The winners of tonight’s matches will meet in a semi-final on Monday (June 15).