Ex­plo­sive Jaidka tie in prospect tonight

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by ALAN SWANN

MATCH of tonight in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Jaidka Cup should be found at Hare­croft Road, the home of Cambs Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Wis­bech (6.15pm start).

Mar­ket Deep­ing, cur­rently the sec­ond best team in the Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion, are the vis­i­tors for a tie that should see some ex­plo­sive Twenty/20 bat­ting.

Just a fort­night ago Deep­ing beat Wis­bech in a Rut­land Di­vi­sion One match when star slog­ger Lee Pea­cock ham­mered nine sixes in a whirl­wind knock of 95.

Pea­cock will be there tonight when his brute force will com­ple­ment the more stylish bat­ting of cap­tain David Gil­lett, but Wis­bech are also not with­out qual­ity and hit­ting power.

The teams will also be ex­cited by the prospect of the field­ing re­stric­tions im­posed this sea­son to de­ter neg­a­tive cap­taincy.

Gil­lett said: “James Wil­liams and Gary Freear are two very dan­ger­ous play­ers in this form of cricket, while I un­der­stand the Wis­bech Aussie can bowl a quick ball.

“We are a lit­tle un­der­strength, but in this short form of the game, you can get away with four or five bats­men and three or four bowlers.

“We did well there in a League match re­cently when Pea­cock got go­ing, but it will prob­a­bly be close tonight. The only guar­an­tee is that the field­ing re­stric­tions will help im­prove the spec­ta­cle.”

Deep­ing are with­out Char­lie and Michael Kearns, Nick Cow­ley and Josh Bow­ers tonight. Wis­bech should be at full strength and in­clude Aussie left-arm seamer Sam Bran­don.

Hold­ers Peter­bor­ough Town will be ex­pected to beat Bar­nack at Bret- ton Gate in their quar­ter-fi­nal. Bar­nack have some ex­cep­tional play­ers on their books, but most have dual el­i­gi­bil­ity and have cho­sen not to play for the Rut­land Di­vi­sion One ti­tle chal­lengers.

Most im­por­tantly free-scor­ing Asim Butt has cho­sen to play for Town against Bar­nack. He is good enough to win one of these games on his own.

Town won’t have pro­fes­sional Tan­veer Ahmed as he is in Pak­istan to learn whether or not he will be se­lected for his coun­try’s tour of Eng­land later this sum­mer. In-form teenager Con­nor Cunningham will also be ab­sent as he’s on county duty.

Town have made suc­cess in the Jaidka a pri­or­ity again af­ter win­ning the cup for the first time in 12 years last sum­mer.

Town skip­per Ajaz Akhtar said: “It’s the most pres­ti­gious knock­out com­pe­ti­tion in the area so we are very keen to win it again.

“There are no weak teams in it these days though so we will have to be at our best.”

Yax­ley are con­fi­dent of caus­ing an­other up­set by fol­low­ing their first round win over Nass­ing­ton with vic­tory over Bourne at Mid­dle­ton Road.

Khalsa of Cambs Di­vi­sion One will be favourites to win at sec­ond di­vi­sion Cas­tor in the other tie.

Tonight’s ties: (6.15pm start): Yax­ley v Bourne, Peter­bor­ough Town v Bar­nack, Wis­bech v Mar­ket Deep­ing, Cas­tor v Khalsa.

DAN­GER­MAN: Mar­ket Deep­ing’s Lee Pea­cock could pro­vide some fire­works at Wis­bech tonight.

ONE TO WATCH: Wis­bech Aussie Sam Bran­don.

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