Top Aussie Atal­lah de­liv­ers a five-star Deep­ing de­but

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

LINCS PREMIER

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.

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