Un­der­dogs Khalsa fancy their chances

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by JAMES WEST­GATE

CITY side Khalsa will be tak­ing a step into the un­known tonight when they face Bourne in the fi­nal of the Jaidka Cup.

Al­though the Cambs Di­vi­sion One team have tasted suc­cess in the Jaidka be­fore with a win against Deep­ing in the 2005 fi­nal, Kir­pal Singh’s side have never be­fore faced Bourne in any form of cricket.

And that may be a fac­tor for Khalsa, who ac­cord­ing to their skip­per will go into the game as un­der­dogs against op­po­nents who play their cricket at a higher level in the Lin­colnshire Premier Di­vi­sion.

But Khalsa over­came the odds against an­other Lincs Premier out­fit, Mar­ket Deep­ing, in a thrilling semi-fi­nal scrap at Out­gang Road and as long as they can smarten up in the field, Singh is con­fi­dent his side can put on a good show.

He said: “We will def­i­nitely be go­ing into the fi­nal as un­der­dogs but that suits us, es­pe­cially against a side we have never played be­fore. We know they have a very tal­ented pro­fes­sional in Ma­sood and some good young bowlers and they are in fine form af­ter a good win against Brace­bridge Heath at the week­end.

“One thing we will need to im- prove is our field­ing. Against Deep­ing their were some mis­takes in the field but if we can put that right then we have a great chance.”

Khalsa boast two use­ful spin­ners in the form of Tariq Aziz and Meli Adi­tia while their seam at­tack of Kamran Hu­mayun and Tan­vir Afzal both have the tal­ent to cause Bourne plenty of prob­lems.

With the bat both Aziz and Juan Drot­skie are more than ca­pa­ble of pil­ing up quick runs which all gives Bourne plenty to think about as they hope to erase the mem­o­ries of de­feat in the 2008 fi­nal at the hands of Deep­ing.

Their skip­per Matt Cre­aney said: “We will have plenty of re­spect for Khalsa, es­pe­cially af­ter their per­for­mance against Deep­ing but we have been tak­ing the Jaidka very se­ri­ously this sea­son and want to make up for los­ing two years ago.

“Our win against Brace­bridge has given ev­ery­one bags of con­fi­dence and we are all re­ally look­ing for­ward to what should be a very good game of cricket.”

Bourne will look to club pro­fes­sional Fa­had Ma­sood to spear­head their at­tack backed up by the likes of Tom Lind­ley and Jack Berry while bats­men Pete Mor­gan, Con­rad Louth and Ben Stroud are all among the runs this sea­son.

A MA­JOR THREAT: Khalsa’s Juan Drot­skie can pile up runs quickly.

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