Underdogs Khalsa fancy their chances
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.