Explosive Jaidka tie in prospect tonight
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.