Khalsa quality could make it interesting
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.
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.