Khalsa qual­ity could make it in­ter­est­ing

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

MAR­KET Deep­ing skip­per David Gil­lett con­cedes his side will be un­der­dogs in tonight’s Jaidka Cup semi-fi­nal with Khalsa at Out­gang Road (6.15pm).

Deep­ing of the Lincs Premier Di­vi­sion play at a higher stan­dard then their op­po­nents and have an out­stand­ing pedi­gree in 20-over cricket, but Gil­lett is well aware of the qual­ity of crick­eter his side will face this evening,

Khalsa are en­joy­ing a fine sea­son in Cambs Di­vi­sion One thanks to a re­cruit­ment pol­icy that has at­tracted Tariq Aziz and Tan­vir Afzal, for­mer pro­fes­sion­als with Peter­bor­ough Town and Nass­ing­ton re­spec­tively.

Gil­lett said: “I’ve played against Tariq and he is a very good player, and I’ve heard that Tan­vir is an out­stand­ing crick­eter.

“Kamran Hu­mayun also plays for them and he is de­cent so I cer­tainly wouldn’t make us favourites es­pe­cially as we have some play­ers missing.

“But what we do have is plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence of Twenty/20 cricket and home ad­van­tage and we aim to make both of those count.

“Wis­bech also have out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual play­ers, but we beat them com­fort­ably in the first round so we won’t be lack­ing in con­fi­dence.

“I ex­pect Khalsa to bat well, but we might have the edge in the bowl­ing depart­ment. We also know how to com­pile a big score on our own ground.”

Deep­ing will be with­out all-rounders Tom An­drews and Michael Kearns tonight, while stub­born bats­men Chris Jones and Gary Yee­les are also un­avail­able.

Aussie Brodie An­drew is an­other ab­sen­tee af­ter suf­fer­ing a badly bro­ken fin­ger at Wis­bech.

The teams met in the 2005 fi­nal at Out­gang Road when a star-stud­ded Khalsa line-up beat Deep­ing by four wick­ets with two balls to spare af­ter a high-class con­test.

The win­ners face Bourne, shock con­querors of Peter­bor­ough Town in last week’s semi-fi­nal, in the fi­nal next Wed­nes­day (June 23) at a venue to be de­cided.

Tonight’s teams

Mar­ket Deep­ing: (ex­pected) D. Gil­lett, R. Witt, C. Bird, P. Bird, L. Pea­cock, J. Bow­ers, J. Mor­gan, C. Kearns, N. Cow­ley, A. Sharp, T. An­der­son.

Khalsa: (from) J. Singh, K. Singh, G. Singh, M. Singh, T, Aziz, T. Afzal, T. Ahmed, A. Khan, K. Hu­muyan, S. Amir, J. Drot­skie, W. Shazad.

A VERY GOOD PLAYER: Khalsa’s Tariq Aziz.

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