Deep­ing thrashed by record-break­ing Brace­bridge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

MAR­KET Deep­ing were on the re­ceiv­ing end of one of the most bru­tal as­saults ever seen on a lo­cal cricket field.

For all their de­cent form, Deep­ing knew they were in for a tough time at Out­gang Road as their vis­i­tors were league lead­ers and in­evitable cham­pi­ons Brace­bridge Heath.

But even the most pes­simistic of Deep­ing mem­bers could not have fore­seen a 50-over to­tal of 456-2. Not sur­pris­ingly it’s a com­pe­ti­tion record – iron­i­cally beat­ing Deep­ing’s 435 against Gran­tham a few sea­sons back – as was the even­tual win­ning mar­gin of 362 runs as the shell­shocked home side were shot out for just 94 in re­ply.

Deep­ing skip­per David Gil­lett said: “It was just one of those days. A flat pitch, a hot day, and ex­cep­tional op­po­si­tion, but we didn’t help our­selves by drop­ping a few catches.”

Nat­u­rally some of the in­di­vid­ual statis­tics were im­pres­sive or em­bar- rass­ing depend­ing on which side you were on.

Brace­bridge open­ers Andy Crook and Mark Fell ham­mered 168 and 148 re­spec­tively, while Deep­ing bowlers Lee Pea­cock (0-102 from 12 overs) and Nick Cow­ley (2-147 off 17 overs) also con­trib­uted a dif­fer­ent sort of ton.

Crook went on to take five wick­ets as Deep­ing wilted af­ter tea. Opener Richard Witt of­fered the stiffest re­sis­tance as he was last man out for 25 de­spite suf­fer­ing a bar­rage of physi- cal and ver­bal bounc­ers from a team who re­ally need to find them­selves a tougher league to con­test.

Brace­bridge have won this di­vi­sion in each of the seven years they’ve taken part and yet each sum­mer they splash out to re­cruit even bet­ter play­ers.

It’s a rather point­less ex­er­cise un­less cash and tro­phies are con­sid­ered more im­por­tant than a proper crick­et­ing test.

Just up the road Bourne were cel- ebrat­ing a sec­ond suc­ces­sive win as they de­mol­ished Wood­hall Spa by seven wick­ets at The Abbey Lawns.

Farhad Ma­sood (5-14 from 12 overs) was out­stand­ing as the vis­i­tors mus­tered just 89 and Bourne suf­fered few alarms be­fore com­plet­ing vic­tory with Ma­sood (21no) and cap­tain Pete Mor­gan (28no) at the crease.

Bourne should make the most of their lit­tle win­ning run though. They face Brace­bridge in a cou­ple of weeks.

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