Top Aussie Atallah delivers a five-star Deeping debut
MARKET Deeping appear to have struck gold with their Aussie recruittom Atallah.
The strength and commitment of recruits from overseas often has to be taken on trust at club level. For every Fahad Masood and Waqas Chugthai there’s an Adam Meads.
But Deeping, who introduced Chugthai to this country, have found another gem in the off-spinning Atallah. He marked his Lincs Premier Division debut with a 5-19 spell to set up a convincing sevenwicket win at Boston.
Atallah has been kicking his heels for a month waiting for the rain to clear the county, but he soon warmed to his task at sunbaked, relatively speaking, Boston.
The home side certainly had no answer. They mustered just 103 which was never going to test the Deeping batting line-up.
Three wickets were lost on the way, but Jamie Morgan cracked 58 from just 60 balls to enable veterans John Mcdougall and David Gillett to saunter home at their own pace. The Guinness Book of Records has been alerted to the number of ‘not out’s Gillett has now mustered in his career.
It wasn’t such a good day for Bourne who maintained their reputation for slow starts by losing to early-season pacesetters Haxey at the Abbey Lawns.
“We didn’t get enough runs and then dropped too many catches,” was Bourne skipper Pete Morgan’s brutally honest assessment and it was one that brooked no argument. “We started badly last year and the year before that and there is no logical explanation.”
Morgan scored 36 of his side’s 151, an individual total that was bettered only by Carl Wilson (38).
Newly-promoted Haxey did have a couple of panicky moments, but a Bourne attack without Masood was always likely to look and feel a touch on the lightweight side despite the presence of former Essex and Northants opening bowler Darren Cousins.
Cousins did take two of the three wickets to fall, but Haxey rode their luck taking full advantage of fielding blunders to cruise to a second straight win.
CASTOR: Pictured before their heavy defeat by Wisbech are, from the left, back, Jacob Miller, Neil Wright, Neil Sutton, Kamran Hamayun, Mark Wheat, Ian Rodgers, Tariq Aziz, Reece Smith, Rob Vitas, Lawrence Davis, Daniel Cotton.