With all the pre-match chatter revolving around Zeeshan Manzoor, the big-hitting ‘Beast of Barnack’, the form of another prolific Twenty/20 run-scorer was largely ignored ahead of tonight’s (June 10) first Jaidka Cup semi-final.
But Emile Kriek, Deeping Dragons’ import from South Africa for the summer, will no longer be able to fly under the radar. Tonight he played in his fifth Twenty/20 match of the season and scored his fifth half century, not bad for a man who claims not to be a specialist at the shortest form of the game.
Kriek was unbeaten on 76 when Deeping completed a nine-wicket win over Barnack. It was a beautifully judged innings as Deeping clinched victory with exactly one over to spare. Kriek’s unbroken second-wicket partnership with pink-booted partner Jamie Morgan (61 not out) was worth 135 as Deeping sealed their place in the final later this month against either Nassington or Ramsey.
Both batsmen combined power with precision. Even though Morgan smashed a huge straight six from the first ball he received, it wasn’t particularly explosive cricket by either man as they made Barnack’s 146-9 look wholly inadequate by mixing the odd mighty blow with excellent running between the wickets.
Zeeshan has a different method which involves huge hitting at every opportunity so his departure to an avoidable run out for just five was a massive disappointment to the neutral spectators as well as the home side. To be fair to the star man he was largely innocent of blame as he set off for a comfortable-looking single after stroking the ball to mid-off only to find partner Shahid Mohammed leaning on his bat and unwilling to move.
Shahid went on to score 60 from just 30 balls and he also bowled pretty well, but he also took away his team’s best chance of an upset win. Barnack’s middle order struggled to get Deeping’s inexperienced bowlers away and lost wickets towards the end to classy Kriek and whole-hearted veteran Lee Peacock.
Deeping’s youngsters made strong contributions. Sixteen year-old fast bowler Patrick Brown impressed again by bowling Tas Ahmed with the first ball he faced and by taking a fine catch on the boundary to dismiss Shahid. Teenage left-arm spinner Jackson Andrews bowled a rare maiden, while Ben Lewis delivered a rocket of a throw from the boundary to see off Amir Munir
Kriek returned the best bowling figures of 3-19 from three overs before starring with the bat. His 50 arrived from 47 balls and his entire innings occupied just 69 balls and included three sixes. Morgan passed 50 in just 34 balls and late in the day dislodged a few slates from the clubhouse roof with another monster six.
Surprisingly on this evidence Kriek has struggled for runs in the Lincs Premier Division this summer, Captain Dave Gillett should tell him to pretend they are Twenty/20 matches.
The second jaidka Cup semi-final takes place next Wednesday (June 17, 6pm) at Nassington.
M. Shahid c Brown b Peacock 60
T. Ahmed b Brown 0
A. Shafiq b George 17
Z. Manzoor run out 5
A. Munir run out 19
M. Tayub b Kriek 18
M. Sohail b Peacock 16
A. Manzoor c and b Kriek 5
S. Malik c Bainborough b Kriek 0
A. Asghar not out 3
M. Yasir not out 1
TOTAL (9 wkts) 146
Bowling: P. Brown 3-0-19-1; D. George 3-0-28-1; J. Smith 4-0-32-0; J. Andrews 4-1-22-0; L. Peacock 3-0-24-2; E. Kriek 3-0-19-3.
E. Kriek not out 76
D. George c Z. Manzoor b A. Manzoor 0
J. Morgan not out 61
TOTAL (1 wkt) 147
Bowling: A. Manzoor 2-0-20-1; M. Sohail 4-0-25-0; M. Shahid 4-0-21-0; A. Munir 2-0-17-0; M. Tayub 4-0-29-0; Z. Manzoor 3-0-30-0.
Market Deeping won by 9 wkts
Wednesday, June 17.
Nassington v Ramsey
Final scheduled for June 24.