Deeping thrashed by record-breaking Bracebridge
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.