In-form Deep­ing can get bet­ter says Gil­lett

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

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.

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