In-form Deeping can get better says Gillett
MARKET Deeping skipper David Gillett believes the best is yet to come from his in-form side.
Deeping have surprised many good judges with their form so far this summer. They are third in the Lincs Premier Division and on Wednesday night dismantled Cambs First Division leaders Wisbech in the Jaidka Cup.
Things will be a little tougher tomorrow though as Lincs Premier Division leaders Bracebridge Heath visit Outgang Road (12.30pm). Bracebridge have won the competition every year since they entered in 2003 - an incredible run of seven successive titles and to no-one’s surprise they are dominating again this summer.
Gillett said: “It’s like facing a Minor Counties side, particularly their bowling attack. They have the two fastest bowlers in the league and they’ve even improved their slow bowling department this summer.
“But we couldn’t be facing them in any better form. We’ve won three out of our four games so we’re confident of giving them a tough game.
“We’ve played well so far. Tom Andrews is bowling well, Jamie Morgan has been batting well and Lee Peacock is always a good man to have around the middle order.
“Considering we’ve had plenty of people unavailable all summer it’s been a very good start to the season, but I honestly believe we have our best years ahead of us.
“Certainly for this season I fancy a top half finish rather than the bottom half finish a certain local reporter predicted.”
Deeping are understrength tomorrow as Michael Kearns and Chris Jones are unavailable, while Aussie Brodie Andrew boke a finger while batting at Wisbech on Wednesday. Gary Yeeles returns and will require all his renowned defensive skills to combat a potent bowling attack.
But the main man at Deeping remains Gillett who, at the age of 41, is averaging over 100 in the Lincs Premier Division/Winkworth Cup after scoring 310 in six innings. He has become an expert at finishing matches like Aussie genius Mike Hussey.
Bourne are not going so well in the Premier Division, but few expect them to stay near the bottom. They will fancy their chances at home to Woodhall Spa tomorrow.
WISBECH have suffered a bad couple of weeks after losing their 100 per cent Cambs Division One record to second-placed Camden before bowing out of the Jaidka Cup at the first hurdle.
They have another tough contest tomorrow when hosting thirdplaced Khalsa in the Cambs League (1pm). The city side have assembled a formidable line-up this season after securing the services of former Nassington professionals Tanvir Afzal and Tariq Aziz.
PETERBOROUGH Town have replaced Pakistani professional bowler Tanveer Afzal with slow-medium swing bowler Richard Kendall for the visit of Rushton in the Northants Premier Division tomorrow (noon).
It might be seen as replacing a bazooka with a water pistol in some quarters, but not by Town skipper Ajaz Akhtar.
Akhtar said: “Richard’s pace is very deceptive - he’s even slower than he looks! But every season he is the most consistent bowler in the second team so I’m happy to have him in our side.
“He can be very awkward to play against especially if you haven’t played against him before.
“Obviously we will miss Tanveer, but we still have enough in the side to beat a very good Rushton outfit.”
Rushton will present the hardest test of the summer so far for Town. The vistors are fourth, two places behind the city side who are also without South African Mark Rosenberg.
Tanveer is currently away with the Pakistani national team.
Town: A. Akhtar, L. Bruce, D. Clarke, A. Butt, S. Williams, C. Milner, B. Hussain, R. Kendall, J. Smith, C. Cunningham, M. Pateman.
AKHTAR’S shoulder problem could keep him out of the Cambs team in their opening Minor Counties Championship fixture against Norfolk at March which starts on Sunday (11am).
Akhtar, the second highest wicket-taker in Cambs history, has been provisionally named in the team, but he will make a late decision on his involvement after playing for Town tomorrow.
Town pair David Clarke and Lewis Bruce are unavailable for Cambs, but clubmates Connor Cunningham, Matthew Pateman and Jamie Smith are included along with Wisbech pair James Williams and Gary Freear, plus Barnack wicket-keeper Chris Budd.
Cambs: S. Kellett, G. Freear, M. Pateman, C. Cunningham, A. Burton, J. Williams, P. McMahon, J. Smith, C. Budd, A. Akhtar, T. Smith.
BOWLING WELL: Market Deeping’s Tom Andrews.